training & regulation

Registered (or licensed) Naturopathic Doctors must complete at least three years of pre-medical studies at a recognized university, followed by four years of full-time naturopathic training at a college accredited for licensure.

The only such colleges in Canada at this time are The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), in Toronto, Ontario, and the newly accredited Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) in New Westminster, British Columbia.

For a complete list of accredited colleges in North America, please refer to our

In addition to clinical medical sciences and the study of the naturopathic modalities (treatment paradigms), students participate in a 12 month internship at the college’s clinic, seeing patients while supervised by licensed ND’s. Finally, candidates must sit and pass 2 series of rigorous board examinations that have been standardized across North America. Additional exams are written for any jurisdiction the candidate seeks licensure from.

In Canada, ND’s are regulated under provincial law. Here, in Ontario, we are the only health care professionals still regulated under the Drugless Practitioner’s Act of 1925. After much lobbying, the current government has accepted the recommendations made to regulate Naturopathic Medicine under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). – A move that will secure our title and scope of practice, and increase public confidence and awareness. We are currently undergoing a transitional period as we move to put this new legislation in place.

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