What is a Scope of Practice?

Depending on educational background, certification board, and professional certification, the scope of practice can allow certified practitioners to open a new wellness center or expand an existing clinic. Practitioners may obtain liability insurance, evaluate, coach, consult, suggest natural products, and offer the natural and/or integrative medicine modalities in accordance with their local, state, and federal laws, and the board and professional certification. 

Unless they are already licensed  healthcare  professionals, these certifications do not allow practitioners to treat, diagnose, cure disease, prescribe drugs, and/or perform surgeries. Quantum University’s degree programs are not equivalent or comparable to a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or a Doctor of Naturopathy (ND).

The scope of practice of a Doctor of Natural Medicine (DNM), according to the Board of Natural Medicine Doctors and Practitioners (BNMDP), emphasizes healthy lifestyle choices, wellness care, and the use of natural medicine therapies and techniques to promote, maintain, or restore health. While, the scope of practice of a Doctor of Integrative Medicine (IMD), according to Board of Integrative Medicine (BOIM), emphasizes a seamless integration of the best of natural medicine therapies and techniques with conventional medical approaches to promote healing and health in every individual and community.

Students should visit the board they are interested in for a complete description of their scope of practice and other important information. Understanding the exact definition, benefits, and scope of practice limitations is very important. Students should contact the certification boards related to their fields of interest and build relationships with these organizations while in school in order to streamline their certification process after graduation.