What type of degree is required?
What is the degree called?
Bachelor of Naturopathy
Why is it “naturopathy” as opposed to “naturopathic medicine”?
The Ontario Government decided that naturopathy would be the official term used within the Province. That is why we have the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and the Naturopathy Act. The nomenclature CCNM requested was Bachelor of Naturopathic Medicine and the Ministry approved Bachelor of Naturopathy. This was not the choice of CCNM; however, we recognize the title is in line with other official provincial documentation related to the profession.
Why is it “Bachelor” instead of “Doctor”?
Within academia, a first-level health-related professional degree is often considered to be the same level as a bachelor, regardless of whether or not the term doctor is included in the title. We have been informed that we are not eligible to apply for consent to move to the title “Doctor of Naturopathy” until the Naturopathy Act is proclaimed and the profession gains the right to use the restricted title of doctor.
Will I be able to exchange my degree for one that says Doctor of Naturopathy?
There are legislative constraints on the retroactivity of nomenclature changes. I am aware that some of the law schools in Ontario have permitted individuals with LLBs to return them for JDs, but the universities grant degrees under separate authority. The Act that allows the government to extend degree granting to our program does not permit retroactively changing credential titles.
Will the fact that the degree does not say “Doctor” have any implications for my right to use the doctor title in Ontario, or in any other jurisdiction?
No. The right to use the doctor title is either permitted, or not, through legislation. In Ontario, all graduates of CCNM (or of the Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine prior to that) who become members of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario will be able to use the doctor title, as permitted by the Naturopathy Act. This can only occur after proclamation.
Will the name of the credential have any impact on my ability to enter further studies?
Although I can’t speak for all institutions, I sincerely doubt it. If any graduate has difficulty in this regard CCNM would be pleased to provide them with an official letter attesting to the level of the program.
If I have a Bachelor of Naturopathy can I upgrade later to a “Doctor of Naturopathy”?
Since, the two credentials are at an identical level, “upgrading” doesn’t make sense. We will continue to investigate if there is any possibility of credential change, but I am not hopeful.
To be considered for admission to the ND program, all applicants must have completed a three- or four-year bachelor's degree at an accredited institution. We do not specify the type of degree required or preferred. Students who have completed their studies outside of North America must have their transcripts evaluated by an international credential evaluating service.
What are your prerequisites?
Can I take the prerequisite courses at CCNM?
Yes, we offer prerequisite science courses at CCNM including general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, biology and physiology. Please note that completion of these courses does not guarantee admission into the ND program.
Can I still apply for the next intake?
Check our current application deadlines. Late applications are accepted if space is available. All applications are received through the Naturopathic Doctor Centralized Application Service (NDCAS); the 'program designation' section of NDCAS will list all the intakes that are currently open for application. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Do you accept credits from colleges or other non-degree granting schools?
Prerequisite courses must be taken at degree-granting, accredited institutions, such as Canadian Universities. Distance learning courses from accredited universities are also accepted.
Do you offer campus tours? Can I meet with an admissions advisor?
We encourage you to attend an information session at CCNM.
Can I apply for a government student loan?
Yes, financial assistance may be available.
Is your program accredited?
Yes, our Naturopathic Medicine program and our residency programs are accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education.
How much is tuition?
See our tuition and fees.
Do you offer a part-time program?
We do not have a specific part-time program at this time but some students choose to decrease their course load per year and extend the program five years. The registrar will meet with students who wish to pursue this option and design a plan that works for them.
Do you offer a shorter, advanced program for medical professionals?
Some medical professionals may be eligible for advanced standing in certain CCNM courses. To qualify, an applicant’s medical credentials must be recognized in Canada and the applicant must be eligible for licensure in the province of Ontario. Challenge examinations may be required in some cases. All courses approved for advanced standing will show as “EQV” on the CCNM transcript and will not be calculated into a student’s GPA. If you are an International Medical Graduate, you may qualify for bridge delivery of the ND program.
Other applicants are eligible to apply for advanced standing on a course-by-course basis. Challenge exams will be required. These exams are comprehensive for the course and may include multiple choice, short answer, essay and/or oral questions.
Do you offer any courses in the evening or on weekends?
Courses in the Naturopathic Medicine program curriculum are not offered in the evening or on weekends, however some continuing education courses are.
Do you offer any courses via distance learning?
Not at this time.