Page last updated 19 Dec 2019
Scope of practice
Title: Permitted to use the titles “doctor” and “physician”
Prescription drugs: May prescribe specific legend substances in the Vermont naturopathic formulary after obtaining a special license by passing a pharmacology examination and a supervision agreement with a physician or licensed naturopath. According to Vermont’s naturopathic statutes regarding the exam:
The naturopathic pharmacology examination shall be administered by the Director [of the office of professional regulation] or the Director’s designee and shall test an applicant’s knowledge of the pharmacology, clinical use, side effects, and drug interactions of prescription medicines, including substances in the Vermont Department of Health’s regulated drugs rule.
According to Vermont’s rules (3.5,b) regarding naturopathic prescribing, naturopaths are required to obtain a formal, written agreement of supervision by a physician or licensed naturopath for a period of no less than one year and for the first 100 medications prescribed by a naturopath after passing the pharmacology exam.
Controlled substances: Permitted per the formulary after obtaining a special license to prescribe drugs
- Vermont naturopathic formulary (updated 2012)
IV administration: Permitted per the formulary
Diagnostic tests: Permitted
Minor office procedures: Not defined, but episiotomy and perineal repair associated with naturopathic childbirth are permitted under special license endorsement by the board
Spinal manipulations: Spinal manipulation permitted; the practice of chiropractic is prohibited
Childbirth/ midwifery: Permitted to provide home childbirth services including episiotomy and perineal repair after receiving a special license endorsement by the board
Vaccine waiver: Not defined
Naturopathic assistants: Not defined
Continuing education requirements
Naturopaths are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education biennially. (Defined in law above.)
How to file a complaint
Licensed naturopaths in Vermont are regulated by the director of the Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) and two licensed naturopaths appointed by the secretary of state to advise the director. Anyone can file a complaint. Information for filing complaints can be found on the Vermont’s Secretary of State website.
Send completed forms to
Vermont Secretary of StateOffice of Professional RegulationAttn: QIRUFHPHQW8QLW89 Main Street, 3rd FloorMontpelier, Vermont 05620-3402