Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) obtain comprehensive and rigorous training
with educational standards comparable to conventional Medical Doctors. Over the course of their education
NDs have at least 7 years of
post-secondary training composing of a minimum of 3 years of
premedical studies at a university, followed by at least four years of
intensive training at an accredited naturopathic medical school The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine's program includes over 1,200 hours of clinical experience andmore then 3,000 hours of in-class lecture and practicals. Courses are focused on teaching biomedical sciences, clinical sciences, and naturopathic therapeutics.
becoming eligible to practice, NDs must successfully pass 2 sets of the
Naturopathic Licensing Examinations (consisting of the
biomedical sciences and the clinical sciences) that are written after
the 2nd year and 4th year of study respectively. These are standardized examinations that are used by
all licensing jurisdictions for Naturopathic Doctors in North America
and determine professional competency. Provincial examinations are also required to practice in Ontario.
In order to practice in
Ontario, Naturopathic Doctors must be registered with The Board of
Directors of Drugless Therapies - Naturopathy (BDDT-N) which was
established in Ontario in 1925 under the Drugless Practitioner’s Act, Regulation 278.
For more information about regulations,
standards of practice, principles and policies of Naturopathic Doctors, please visit the BDDT-N's website.
Jeremy Toman ND
Naturopathic Doctor in Walkerton, Hanover, and Owen Sound, Ontario