The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) is the national professional association that represents licensed naturopathic
physicians. AANP strives to make naturopathic medicine available to every
American, and to increase recognition of naturopathic physicians as the experts in natural medicine.
The nation's 4,400 licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained to find the underlying cause of a patient’s condition rather than
focusing solely on symptomatic treatment. NDs attend 4-year, graduate level programs at institutions
recognized through the US Department of Education. There are currently 7
such schools in North America. Naturopathic
medical schools provide equivalent foundational coursework as MD and DO schools. In addition, they provide extensive education unique to the naturopathic
approach, emphasizing disease prevention and whole person wellness.
Degrees are awarded
after extensive classroom study and clinical training. In order to be licensed to practice, an ND must
also pass an extensive postdoctoral exam and fulfill annual continuing
education requirements. Currently, 20
states and territories license NDs to practice.
AANP's aim is to license naturopathic physicians in all 50 states. The national office works with 44 state affiliate associations and their members to accomplish this goal, and thereby expand access to naturopathic medicine nationwide.