How is a Naturopathic Doctor Trained?
Naturopathic doctors are registered and licensed health care professionals.
A Naturopathic doctor’s training consists of a minimum three year science based pre-medical program, followed by a four year doctorate degree from an accredited Naturopathic Medical College.
Naturopathic doctors are required to complete 2 years of clinical experience and then pass extensive board exams before being granted a license to practice.
They are regulated by a provincial and national association and are required to complete continuing education hours yearly to ensure they remain current.
Naturopathic doctors are competent in evaluating standard medical blood work and diagnostic tests and although they do not use pharmaceuticals in their practice, they are trained in how pharmaceuticals function and what the side effects are.