Naturopathic candidates are required to have completed a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution plus a number of pre-requisite pre-medical courses before being considered for acceptance into an accredited four-year program at a CNME-approved college of naturopathic medicine, of which there are only two in Canada - The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, and The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, British Columbia.
The four-year program is comprised of over 4,500 hours of classroom training in basic medical science courses, clinical sciences, pharmacology, and naturopathic therapies, as well as 1,500 hours of supervised clinical practicum.
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Graduates from an accredited naturopathic college receive the title Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND). Following the completion of their courses and training, NDs must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) and College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) exams to become licensed. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all regulated provinces and states across North America, while the CONO exam is specific to Ontario. A naturopathic doctor cannot practise in Ontario without completing the training and passing the exams. Furthermore, in order to prescribe pharmaceuticals and regulated substances, such as vitamin B12, vitamin D3, bio-identical hormones, levothyroxine, and intravenous therapy, NDs must complete a rigorous Therapeutics Prescribing Examination also conducted by CONO.
Naturopathic doctors are required to remain in good standing with CONO in order to maintain their license, which includes completing required continuing education credits on an ongoing basis.
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