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:
- Successful completion of not less than three (3) years liberal arts or sciences study in an accredited college or university recognized by the College.
- Graduation from a naturopathic medical school accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) and recognized by the College.
- 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
- 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.