CCNM is responsible to society to provide a program of study enabling graduates to possess the knowledge, skills, professional behaviour and attitudes necessary to enter the regulated practice of naturopathic medicine. Graduates must be able to diagnose and manage health problems and provide compassionate primary care to their patients.
For this reason, students in the ND program must possess the cognitive, communication, sensory, motor and social skills necessary to interview, examine and counsel patients, and competently complete certain technical procedures in a reasonable time while ensuring patient safety.
Prospective applicants should note that cognitive, physical examination, management and communication skills, as well as professional behaviour, are all evaluated in timed simulations of patient encounters.
All applicants are expected to assess their ability to meet the standards set out in this policy. This policy does not preclude individuals with disabilities from attending the College. Applicants who anticipate requiring disability-related accommodation are responsible for notifying CCNM in a timely manner; however, applicants should be aware that the awarding of the program credential is dependent on candidates demonstrating skill in a number of areas, some of which require physical dexterity.
Due to the comprehensive and integrative nature of the curriculum, students are expected to complete the ND diploma within six years. Students with a disability may be granted an extension of time to complete the ND program. These requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
A candidate for the ND diploma must demonstrate the following abilities:
Intellectual-conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities
Behavioural and social attributes
All applicants must submit the results of a two-step tuberculin test conducted within the three months prior to enrolment. New students must also sign a Hepatitis B waiver or provide proof of Hepatitis B immunization prior to enrolment. All required forms will be included in the applicant’s admission package.
Criminal Background Check
All students should expect to submit a criminal background check prior to entry into clinic in their third year of study at CCNM.