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 approved by the Board. (To include at least one full academic year or 30 credits from first year courses, 30 credits from second year courses, and 30 credits from third year courses.)
  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):
    Basic Science: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pathology, Physiology;
    Clinical: Botanical Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Public Health, Lab Diagnosis and Diagnostic Imaging, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Physical and Clinical Diagnosis, Physical Medicine, Psychology;
    Other: Minor Surgery
  4. Successful completion of the College’s examinations: Jurisprudence and Oral/Practical.

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.