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Training

Naturopathic Doctors obtain comprehensive and rigorous training in an educational structure similar to that of Medical Doctors. Naturopathic training involves a minimum of three years of undergraduate pre-medical sciences, followed by a four year full-time medical program at an accredited college of Naturopathic Medicine, which includes a one year internship focused on preparing Naturopathic Doctors for the challenges of primary care practice.

Naturopathic Doctors are trained in the following areas:

  • Basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology and pathology)
  • Clinical sciences (physical and clinical diagnosis, differential and laboratory diagnosis, radiology, naturopathic assessment and orthopaedics)
  • Naturopathic therapies (clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulation and lifestyle counselling).

Following the completion of their formal educational training, Naturopathic Doctors must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for licensing in Ontario. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all regulated provinces and states across North America.

Naturopathic Doctors are also required to earn continuing education credits on an ongoing basis to maintain their registration and good standing with their regional regulatory body.

Regulation

Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario are licensed through the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy Naturopathy, and regulated in Ontario under the Drugless Therapy Act.

The BDDT-N functions to ensure that Naturopathic Doctors are properly qualified to practice Naturopathic Medicine and that they follow the appropriate standards of practice.

This page is contains information from the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors.