Page last updated 19 Dec 2019
The Wild West: Tales of a naturopathic medicine review board. 13 April 2015. Britt Hermes.
Scope of practice
Naturopaths who sell or dispense a natural substance, drug, or device must obtain a Certificate to Dispense.
Naturopaths who want to train naturopathic students in their offices as preceptors must obtain a certificate and meet certain requirements.
Arizona recognizes naturopathic specialties in oncology, pediatrics, environmental medicine and family medicine.
Title: May use the titles doctor, naturopathic medical doctor, physician, and primary care physician
- May not use the title doctor of medicine or doctor of medicine (naturopathy)
Prescription drugs: May prescribe legend drugs.
Controlled substances: May prescribe schedule III-V controlled substances, except for chemotherapeutic agents and anti-psychotics.
- May recommend medical marijuana (cannabis) as long as the naturopath is registered as a mid-level practitioner with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
- Rules for prescribing (and dispensing) drugs and substances
- Arizona naturopathic formulary
IV administration: May administer subcutaneous, intramuscular and intravenous substances
A substance is considered a nutrient suitable for intravenous administration if itcomplies with A.R.S. §32-1501 (15)(iii)
Diagnostic tests: May order and interpret diagnostic labs. May order, but not interpret, radiographic images.
Minor office procedure: Not specified.
Spinal manipulations: May perform spinal manipulations.
Childbirth/ midwifery: Not specified.
Vaccine waiver: Not specified.
Naturopathic assistants: May hire and provide medical orders to certified naturopathic medical assistants.
Continuing education requirements
Arizona naturopaths must complete 30 hours of continuing education each year.
- 10 hours must be in pharmacology
Naturopaths have been licensed in the state since 1935.
Rules for practicing naturopathy in Arizona were updated in 2014 and went into effect in 2015. The new rules defined “nutrient” as a substance
that provides nourishment for growth and metabolism and that is manufactured and supplied for intravenous use by a manufacturer registered with the United States food and drug administration or compounded by a pharmacy licensed by the state board of pharmacy.
How to file a complaint
Anonymous complaints are accepted, but the board will not file anonymous complaints if witness testimony is required from the complainant. The name and the clinic address of the doctor against whom the complaint is being filed is required, as well as the nature of the complaint.
Completed forms need to be sent to
State of ArizonaNaturopathic Physicians Medical Board1400 W. Washington, Suite 230Phoenix, AZ 85007