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Listing of Accreditation Bodies
THE COUNCIL ON NATUROPATHIC MEDICAL EDUCATION
The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education’s (CNME) mission is quality assurance: serving the public by accrediting naturopathic medical education programs that voluntarily seek recognition that they meet or exceed CNME’s standards. Students and graduates of programs accredited or pre-accredited (candidacy) by CNME are eligible to apply for the naturopathic licensing examinations administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE), and are generally eligible for state and provincial licensure in the U.S. and Canada.
NORTH AMERICAN BOARD OF NATUROPATHIC EXAMINERS (NABNE)
The purpose of North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE) is to determine the qualifications of applicants to take the NPLEX, to administer the NPLEX to examinees, and to prepare and send exam results and transcripts to licensing/regulatory authorities. The institutions that regulate naturopathic medicine grant authority to NABNE to be the examining body for the naturopathic profession through their agreement to use the results of the NPLEX Examinations in their determination of the candidate’s eligibility for licensure (United States) or registration (Canada).
NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS LICENSING EXAMINATION BOARD (NPLEX)
The Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX) is the examination graduates of one of the approved naturopathic medical colleges must pass to be eligible for licensure in any of the 17 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.