Board Information

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Welcome to the Montana Board of Alternative Health Care

The Board of Alternative Health Care makes every effort to include on this website all relevant information pertaining to the licensing and regulation of a Naturopathic Physician and Direct-Entry Midwife in Montana.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

Thank you for your interest in contacting the Montana Board of Alternative Health Care.

 

If you are already licensed, have applied for a license, are about to apply for a license, or are renewing your license from the Board of Alternative Health Care:

Professional Licensing Customer Service:

(406) 444-6880

DLIBSDHELP@MT.GOV

 

If you have scope of practice questions or comments for the Board of Alternative Health Care:

Rhonda Morgan, Executive Officer

(406) 841-2320

DLIBSDAHC@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about continuing education:

(406) 444-5696

AUDIT@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about filing a complaint against a licensee:

(406) 841-2312

DLIBSDCOMPLAINTS@MT.GOV


Mailing Address:

Board of Alternative Health Care

PO Box 200513

Helena, MT 59620-0513

 

Physical Address:

Board of Alternative Health Care

301 S. Park Avenue

4th Floor

Helena, MT 59620

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation. Members serve 4 year terms with no limit on the number of terms a member may serve.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at dlibsdahc@mt.gov.  In your message, please specify which board member you would like to contact.

For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at boards.mt.gov.

Sheehan Ednie-Rosen, DEM, Licensed Midwife 
Jazmin Hieronymus, DEM, Licensed Midwife
Alisun Bonville, ND, Naturopathic Physician
AshLy Tubbs, Public Member
Sandra Shepherd, MD, Medical Doctor whose practice include Obstetrics
Vacant, Naturopathic Physician

Board Events

Board meetings are usually held several times a year.
Meeting minutes are posted within 3 days of board approval.

In general, Board meetings are open to the public.
There are certain meetings or parts (Screening Panel and Executive Session), which are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings

 

License Information

Individuals who want to practice naturopathic medicine or direct-entry midwifery in Montana must apply to the Montana Board of Alternative Health Care for licensure.  The Board evaluates the applicant's fitness to practice and assures the basic requirements are met.

 

Public or Licensee Inquiries

Licensees can find license renewal information in this section and obtain mailing lists of licensees.

You can learn who is licensed in Montana by searching our Licensee Lookup system.

Direct-Entry Midwife

The following outlines general license information; detailed information can be found using the application checklist.  You can apply for a Direct-Entry Midwife license online using the Quick Links to the right or by paper application (new version to come) to submit via mail.

A. Application Fee:

Application:  $300.00
Original License Fee:  $200.00
Exam Fee:  $800.00

B. Education Requirements:
High school diploma or equivalent and satisfactory completion of educational requirements listed in §37-27-201, MCA

C. Experience Requirements:
Under appropriate supervision, provision of 100 prenatal examinations, observations of 40 births, and participation as the primary birth attendant at 25 births, 15 of which included continuous care as per ARM 24.111.602.

D. Examination Information:
All applicants must pass the North American Registry of Midwives licensing examination (NARM) with a score of 75 or better or an exam endorsed by the Board.  The NARM exam is acceptable only when administered by the Montana Board or when administered by proper NARM officials in conjunction with the annual Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) national meeting.

E. Renewal Period:  March 1 through  April 30

F. Renewal Fee: $550

G. Continuing Education Requirements:  14 hours/year

 

Direct-Entry Midwife Apprentice

The following outlines general license information; detailed information can be found using the application checklist.  You can apply for a Direct-Entry Midwife Apprentice license online using the Quick Links to the right or by paper application (new version to come) to submit via mail.

A. Application Fee:  $200.00

B. Renewal Period:  March 1 through April 30

C. Renewal Fee:   $200.00

Naturopathic Physician

The following outlines general license information; detailed information can be found using the application checklist.  You can apply for a Naturopathic Physician license online using the Quick Links to the right or by paper application to submit via mail.

A. Application Fee:

Application: $300.00
Original License Fee:  $200.00
Naturopathic Childbirth Specialty Certificate:  $100.00

B. Education Requirements:

  1. Graduation from an approved naturopathic school which requires at a minimum a 4-year, full-time resident program of academic and clinical study.
     
  2. In addition to #1 above, an applicant for a Naturopathic Childbirth Specialty Certificate must complete at least 100 clock hours of coursework, internship, or preceptorship in obstetrics at an approved naturopathic medical college or hospital or with an approved licensed physician and furnish a signed log that (a) and (b) below have been completed under the direct supervision of a licensed naturopathic, medical, or osteopathic physician with specialty training in obstetrics and/or natural childbirth.

    1. Applicant has taken part in the care of 50 women in both the prenatal care and postnatal periods;
    2. Applicant has observed and assisted in the intrapartum care and delivery of 50 natural childbirths in a hospital or alternative birthing setting, including 25 births that document the applicant as the primary birth attendant.  Three of the births must be within the two years immediately preceding the submission of the application, and in at least one of the three births, the applicant must have provided continuous care as defined in board rules (24-111-510).

    C. Examination Information:
    All applicants must pass the naturopathic physicians licensing examination (NPLEX) with a score of 75 or better or an exam endorsed by the Board. The NPLEX sections required by the Board are basic sciences and clinical sciences, and minor surgery add-on exam. Montana does not administer NPLEX exams;applicants should take them wherever possible.

    In addition to #1 above, an applicant for a Naturopathic Childbirth Specialty Certificate must pass a specialty exam in obstetrics approved by the Board or the exam offered by the American College of Naturopathic Obstetricians (ACNO).

    D. Renewal Period: March 1 through April 30

    E. Continuing Education Requirements:
    1. 15 hours/year; at least 5 hours in naturopathic pharmacy courses.
    2. For Naturopath Childbirth Specialty Certificate, requirements in #1 above, plus 5 additional hours in obstetrics (total of 20).

Renewal Process

  1. The renewal deadline date (expiration date) for all Board of Alternative Health Care licensees is April 30th of each year.  You can renew online at the "Renew License" link to your right.
  2. Renewal opens 60 days prior to your expiration date.  We encourage you to renew your license early in the renewal cycle.
  3. Please note that our online system is available 24/7 during the renewal cycle; however, there is no staff available to assist you after 5:00 p.m.  Waiting until the last hours to renew could mean there is no one available to assist you, and this may cause your renewal to accrue late fees.


Renewal Fees
Naturopath - $550
Midwife Apprentice - $200
Direct-Entry Midwife - $550

Renewal Forms
Naturopathic Physician Renewal Form
Midwife Apprentice Renewal Form
Direct-Entry Midwife Renewal Form
 

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Regulations

All of the Statutes and Rules listed here are applicable to this board

Statutes are laws passed by the Legislature.  All changes in statutes must go through the legislative process and be passed into law before they become effective.  Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995.  All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Administrative Rules pertaining to alternative health care are written and adopted by the Alternative Health Care Board.  The Board writes rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority.  Rules can be changed by going through the rule-making procedure. They do not go through the Legislative process.  The Alternative Health Care Board continuously reviews rules to determine needed changes.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State.  There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version.  In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this website.  A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State by emailing SOSARM@mt.gov.  A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana.

Please make a choice of the regulation resources listed to the left.

Administrative Rules

Statutes

Rules Notices

Click here to find rules notices older than one year at the Montana Secretary of State website.


MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-308

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.417 registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT (published May 29, 2020)

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT (effective July 25, 2020)

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.111.301 definitions, 24.111.510 certification for specialty practice of naturopathic childbirth attendance, 24.111.605 licensure of out-of-state applicants, 24.111.2103 midwives continuing education requirements; the adoption of New Rule I minimum education and experience requirements for midwife and midwife apprentice applicants after January 1, 2020, New Rule II direct-entry midwife apprenticeship requirements for midwife apprentice applicants after January 1, 2020; and the repeal of 24.111.2101 renewals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT, ADOPTION, AND REPEAL

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT, ADOPTION, AND REPEAL

 

Complaints

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry and Professional and Occupational Licensing Boards are charged with taking appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. To learn more about the complaint process or to file a complaint, please visit our Complaint Information page.

How to File a Complaint

FAQ

 

Naturopathic Physicians can prescribe and administer the drugs described in the Naturopathic Formulary List.  Please see specific list at ARM 24.111.511.