Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.s) are primary care physicians trained in both conventional and alternative medicines with 4 years of an undergraduate degree followed by an intensive 4 year postgraduate naturopathic medicine program which includes 1 year or 1,200 hours of clinical internship. A total of 8 years post-secondary education.
This program must be completed at an accredited school in North America by the CNME (Council on Naturopathic Medical Education).
Once these requirements have been met, N.D.s must pass the Naturopathic Physician Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), pass board examinations, and become licensed with their provincial licensing board. This is to ensure competent and qualified N.D.s for the public.
The intensive 4 year Naturopathic Medical program includes training in:
•Pathology and Diagnostics
•Biomedical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, etc.
•Public & Environmental Health
•Natural Therapeutics (nutrition, botanical medicine, counselling, orthomolecular medicine, etc.)
•Special care populations (geriatrics, pregnancy, pediatrics, etc.)