Naturopathic Medicine in Idaho

Page last updated 2 May 2019

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Media Coverage

Bill to license Idaho naturopathic doctors signed into law. Kivi News. 28 March 2019.

Naturopaths de-licensed in Idaho, practice expansion nixed in North Dakota. Society for Science-Based Medicine. 05 April 2015. Jann Bellamy.

Scope of practice

As of March 2019, naturopaths are licensed in Idaho. The bill will go into effect July 2020.

Naturopaths who have graduated from an accredited naturopathic school and who have passed the national licensing exam are eligible for licensure. The naturopathic medical board may waive the education requirements for naturopaths who are licensed, and in good standing, in another state or the District of Columbia.

Title: May use the titles doctor, naturopathic medical doctor. Not specifically prohibited from using titles physician or naturopathic primary care doctor.

Prescription drugs: May prescribe drugs and medical devices set forth by the Idaho formulary, which may include legend drugs, excluding controlled substances, but not testosterone (Formulary not yet defined, as far as I know.)

Controlled substances: May not prescribe

IV administration: Not outlined specifically.

Diagnostic tests: May order and interpret diagnostic labs.

Minor office procedure: May perform minor office procedures.

Spinal manipulations: May perform spinal manipulations.

Childbirth/ midwifery: Prohibited.

Vaccine waiver: Not specified.

Naturopathic assistants: Not specified.

The statute states “Naturopathic medical doctors may admit patients to a hospital at which they are credentialed and privileged to do so.”

Idaho statues for naturopaths

Continuing education requirements

Not specified.


Naturopaths became re-licensed in 2019.

Naturopathic licensing was repealed in 2015 after naturopathic had first become licensed in 2005 with the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Act.

There is no pending legislation in Idaho.

How to file a complaint

Naturopaths will be regulated by the Naturopathic Medical Board beginning July 2020.

Prior to the establishment of the naturopathic medical board, complaints should be filed with the Idaho Board of Medicine. Anyone may file a complaint. In order to do, please specify the following information in your complaint form:

  • Name of the health care professional
  • Description of actions prompting the complaint and the time of occurrence
  • Name and address of the individual filing the complaint
  • Telephone number is optional, but helpful
  • Signature is required

Download medical board complaint form

Send completed forms by fax or mail to:

Idaho Board of Medicine
PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0058

Fax: 208-327-7005

There is currently no online complaint process. You can call or email the board for more information:
[email protected]