Naturopathic Doctor



Who is the body responsible for registering Naturopathic Doctors in Alberta?

In Alberta, you must be registered with the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA) to practice as a Naturopathic Doctor and to use the title Naturopathic Doctor or the acronym ND.

What are the registration requirements for an internationally educated Naturopathic Doctor?

International graduates may apply to the CNDA for registration under the substantial equivalence category without writing the NPLEX. 

Internationally educated Naturopathic Doctors must 

1. Review the curriculum requirements at one of the two accredited schools for Naturopathic Doctors in Canada

2. If you determine that your training is substantially equivalent, apply to CNDA as a substantially equivalent applicant, providing an International Qualification Assessment System (IQAS) of your education and the appropriate fees 

3. In the event that any deficiencies are identified, apply to one of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education approved schools 

NOTE: If you do have any deficiencies, you will be required to meet the requirements of the school to which you apply. 

NOTE: There are no international standards or agreements for naturopathic education other than U.S. and Canada. Graduates from naturopathic colleges in other countries are not eligible to apply for the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) to practice in North America. The exams are administered at the state and provincial level by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners for graduates of North American accredited programs only. 

4. Register with the CNDA as a Naturopathic Doctor once you have cleared all deficiencies

What educational institutions offer a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program in Canada?

There are two accredited Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine programs in Canada: 

Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, British Columbia 

What training programs or services are available for internationally educated Medical Doctors who want to become Naturopathic Doctors in Canada?

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine – Bridge Delivery Naturopathic Medical Program 

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) Bridge Delivery Naturopathic Medical Program is a two-year upgrading program for internationally educated Medical Doctors who have been educated outside of Canada. The curriculum incorporates all of the competencies of the four-year naturopathic medical program, acknowledges previous medical experience and education, while providing additional supports to address the unique needs inherent to an IMG cohort. Graduates receive the naturopathic doctor (ND) designation.

What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

Applicants must successfully achieve the required passing score on one of the CNDA approved English Language Tests. The only tests accepted for evidence of language proficiency is the TOEFL-iBT. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What resources and supports are available for internationally educated Naturopaths?

Directions for Immigrants, Clear Communication for Health Professionals 

Developed for health care professionals, Clear Communication for Health Professionals is a facilitated study group that focuses on the essence of effective communication in a health care setting. Participants will learn more about Canadian workplace culture, developing effective listening skills and other techniques designed to help you succeed in the workplace. Please visit the Job Success Groups tab on the Study Groups page.

What information resources are available for Naturopathic Doctors?

College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta 

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