Requirements for Registration as a Naturopathic Doctor in BC

To be eligible for registration as a licenced naturopathic doctor in British Columbia, an applicant must meet the following education, training, and evaluation requirements:

  1. Successful completion of not less than three (3) years liberal arts or sciences study in an accredited college or university recognized by the College.
  2. Graduation from a naturopathic medical school accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) and recognized by the College.
  3. Successful completion of the following Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE):
    Part I – Biomedical Science: includes Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pathology, Physiology;
    Part II – Core Clinical Science: includes Botanical Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Public Health, Lab Diagnosis and Diagnostic Imaging, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Physical and Clinical Diagnosis, Physical Medicine, Psychology;
    Part II – Clinical Elective: Minor Surgery
  4. Successful completion of the College’s examinations: Jurisprudence and Oral & Practical. Examinations from other jurisdictions are not accepted in place of this College’s examinations.

Please note that some exceptions may apply (e.g. for an applicant who is a practising naturopathic physician in another regulated Canadian jurisdiction). For more details, see How to Apply.