Academic requirements

Completion of courses in pre-medical sciences

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The information below provides an overview of the application process. For more details, please consult the academic calendar.


To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Naturopathy degree program, applicants must have completed a three- or four-year bachelor’s degree in any discipline at an accredited institution. In addition, the following courses need to be completed prior to admission:

Required courses
Credit hours

General Biology



May be fulfilled either by a one-year biology course or by two semesters of courses such as anatomy, botany,cell biology, endocrinology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, or zoology.




May be fulfilled either by a one-year physiology course or a one-year anatomy and physiology course.

Example: McMaster University - HTH SCI 2F03-Human Physiology and Anatomy I and HTH SCI 2FF3-Human Physiology and Anatomy II




May be filled either by a one-year chemistry course or two semesters of any chemistry. General, organic and/or biochemistry courses would be accepted towards this requirement.




May be fulfilled either by one semester of introductory psychology, health psychology, developmental psychology, or other similar courses.

Example: University of Toronto - PSY100Y-Introductory Psychology

Humanities elective



Acceptable courses include, but are not limited to: psychology, sociology, economics, organizational behaviour/management, English, history, women's studies, etc. This elective must include an essay-writing component. Foreign language courses are not accepted towards the humanities prerequisite.

Example: Lakehead University - Nursing 2500-Concepts of Health


Credit will only be given for the completion of prerequisites when a grade of C-minus (60 per cent) or better is earned.

For September admission, courses must be completed by August 31 of the year of application. For January admission, courses must be completed by December 31.

Applicants should have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 on a four-point scale (equivalent to B+); a lower grade point average (minimum 2.7) may be acceptable, depending on the applicant’s academic history, interview, essay, references and career-related experience.


In addition to the required courses outlined above, we recommend that applicants complete courses in some or all of the following areas to prepare for the ND program curriculum:


For further information on prerequisite sciences, please contact the Admissions and Student Services Department at 1 (866) 241-2266 ext. 245 or


As CCNM curriculum is delivered in English, all applicants are expected to demonstrate sufficient English language fluency to fully participate in the learning process. If an applicant’s post-secondary studies were completed outside of North America in a language other than English, proof of English proficiency must be submitted to CCNM. Our minimum requirements are indicated below:

  • IELTS (academic): minimum overall band score of 6.5 or higher (on a 9 point scale)
  • TOEFL IBT: minimum 86 out of 120 (CCNM TOEFL DI Code: 0245)


A limited number of exceptions are made for experienced students. Experienced students wishing to apply to CCNM must have completed a minimum of three years of university study (90 credit hours, 15 full courses) towards a bachelor's degree. Competitive applications should have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 on a four-point scale (equivalent to B+). A lower grade point average (minimum 2.7) may be acceptable, depending on the applicant's academic history, interview, essay, references and career-related experience. Applicants applying as experienced students must have the minimum prerequisites as outlined in the above section on admission requirements. In addition, anyone applying as an experienced student must be able to demonstrate a minimum of four years of work and life experience outside of university. Please note that possessing the published minimum admission requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.


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