Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How are Naturopathic Doctors (ND's) trained?
A: Naturopathic doctors take a minimum of three years pre-medical studies at university, followed by four years at one of seven recognized colleges of naturopathic medicine. The only two in Canada are the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (North York, ON) and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic medicine (British Columbia). The education encompasses basic medical sciences, naturopathic principles and therapeutics, and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience. A great comparison of the different professions and their educational hours can be found here: http://prohealthsys.com/site/students/professional-comparison/
Q: Is a Naturopathic Doctor that same as a Doctor of Natural Medicine?
A: In short, no. A Doctor of Natural Medicine (DNM) is not regulated and licensed in Ontario. Regardless of training and education, anyone can call themselves a Doctor of Natural in Ontario. Most insurance companies only cover practitioners that are licensed. You can always check who is licensed by going to the BDDT-N website (link located in the resources page of this website).