How are Naturopathic Doctors Trained?
Naturopathic doctors registered in licensed provinces and states must complete four years of professional training at a recognized college of naturopathic medicine. Pre-admission requirements include three years of pre-medical studies at a university. Training includes basic, medical, and clinical science; diagnostics; naturopathic principals and therapeutics; and extensive clinical experience under the supervision of licensed naturopathic doctors. Graduates receive the title "N.D." or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.
Naturopathic practice is regulated under provincial law in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto), The National College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland, OR), Bastyr University (Seattle, WA), and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (Scottsdale, AZ) are recognized by government-appointed naturopathic regulatory boards.