Naturopathic doctors focus on patient care:

In the United States, consultation time in a conventional doctor’s appointment averages about 20 minutes. In contrast, naturopathic doctors (NDs) spend between one and two hours face-to-face with patients in an initial appointment and 30 to 60 minutes in subsequent appointments. There are approximately 6000 NDs practicing in North America, 3900 of whom are in the United States. Over 50% of these physicians have been in practice for 12 or fewer years.

Naturopathic doctors are licensed and accredited:

Students and graduates of naturopathic colleges and programs accredited or pre-accredited candidacy by CNME are eligible to apply for the Naturopathic Physician Licensing Examinations as administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners and are generally eligible for state and provincial licensure in the U.S. and Canada. Our U.S. schools are also accredited by the U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accreditors.

Many states have naturopathic licensure laws:

There are currently naturopathic licensure or registration laws in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, the District of Columbia, and the US territories of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands to prevent graduates of unaccredited programs from claiming the ND credentials.

Naturopathic doctors can be primary care providers:

NDs may act in a primary care capacity in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.

Four states allow naturopathic doctors prescription authority:

Hawaii expanded the naturopathic scope of practice to include IV therapy and minor surgery, in addition to prescription authority. Arizona, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington allow NDs full prescription authority.

Naturopathic doctors include a growing number of teachers and researchers:

NDs have also chosen to teach, research various naturopathic modalities, work in the nutraceutical industry or clinical laboratories, and work in areas of public health. The projected annual growth of the profession is estimated to be between 7-13% through the year 2018