As of May 2014, the CCNM naturopathic program became the first naturopathic program in Canada to award degrees to graduates. The consent provided by the Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities was the result of an extensive process involving three reviews of CCNM’s program and its operations. Ontario’s Post-Secondary Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB) recommended approval to the Minister based upon their assessment of the level of the program and the quality and security of College operations.
This program is offered under the written consent of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities for the period from May 20, 2014 to May 20, 2019. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies or other educational institutions.)
In addition, as for all of the AANMC institutions, the naturopathic medicine program at CCNM is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), a programmatic accrediting agency for naturopathic medical education. Their office is located at P.O. Box 178, Great Barrington, MA 01230 and they may be contacted by phone at is 413-528-8877. CCNM is the only college to receive a seven-year reaccreditation period, the longest term available. The determination of the CNME Board to grant this period of reaccreditation is based upon a rigorous review and assessment CCNM’s programs and operations.
The CNME accreditation enables CCNM students to write the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), offered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). Passage of NPLEX is required for licensure in most regulated jurisdictions, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and those states in the U.S. that regulate the practice of naturopathic medicine.