How are NDs Trained?

logo-(2)NDs take a minimum of three years premedical studies at university, followed by four years at a recognized college of naturopathic medicine. The education encompasses traditional medical sciences, naturopathic principles and therapeutics, and 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience.

There are six recognized schools of naturopathic medicine in North America. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto), Bastyr University (Seattle), National College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland), The University of Bridgeport (Bridgeport), Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Scottsdale) and Boucher Institute (Vancouver). 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 British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. The legislation is pending in Alberta and Nova Scotia. In Ontario, ND’s have been regulated for more than 80 years. It is anticipated that in April 2014, regulation of ND’s will fall under Ontario’s Regulated Health Practitioners Act (RHPA). ND’s are the only health care profession regulated to practice Naturopathic Medicine in Canada.

Dr. Dawn ND.graduated with honors from the University of Waterloo’s Health Science studies program she took a four-year post-grad program in Naturopathic Medicine (OCNM).  She is licensed by the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and is a Holistic Health Practitioner practicing in Stratford, Ontario.

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