1. How Are Naturopathic Doctors
NDs take minimum of three years
premedical studies at university, followed by four years
at a recognized college of naturopathic medicine. This
means a minimum of 7-8 years of university education, plus
yearly continuing education to maintain the degree.
The education encompasses basic medical
sciences, naturopathic principles and therapeutics, and
1500 hours of supervised clinical experience. There are
five recognized schools of naturopathic medicine in North
- The Canadian College of
Naturopathic Medicine (North York, ON)
- Bastyr University (Kenmore, WA)
- National College of
Naturopathic Medicine (Portland, OR)
- Southwest College of
Naturopathic Medicine (Tempe, AZ)
- Boucher Institute of
Naturopathic Medicine (New Westminster, BC)
Graduates from these institutions receive
a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree or diploma.
In regulated (or licensed) provinces and
states across North America, graduates must also pass
rigorous standardized board exams to qualify for practice.
In Canada, NDs are regulated in the provinces of British
Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. Legislation
is pending in Alberta and Nova Scotia.
2. What can I expect when I visit a
The goal of the naturopathic doctor is to
understand the patient and all the factors which impact on
his/her health. The ND will take an in-depth patient
history. In addition, the information from a physical exam
and laboratory tests may assist in making an assessment
A personal treatment plan will then be
proposed to help facilitate your healing process.