Bachelor of Naturopathy Program Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Bachelor of Naturopathy Program Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Toronto, ON
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Canada's premiere instituted for naturopathic education and research

Located in Toronto, Ontario, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) is Canada's premier institute for education and research in naturopathic medicine. CCNM offers a rigorous 4-year, full-time doctor of naturopathic medicine program.

CCNM is also home to the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, a dynamic naturopathic teaching clinic where senior clinicians and ND supervisors conduct more than 26,000 patient visits per year.

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), the accrediting agency for naturopathic colleges and programs in Canada and the United States.

Naturopathic Medicine

CCNM's 4-year accredited professional program in naturopathic medicine provides more than 3000 hours of classroom training and 1200 hours of clinical experience.

Naturopathic medicine is founded on the principle of healing through the cooperative power of nature. Individuals who choose to practice as naturopathic doctors pledge to "encourage others to strengthen their health, reduce risks for disease, and preserve the health of the planet for ourselves and future generations." The focus is on promoting health, not on alleviating symptoms. To address the fundamental causes of disease, to heal the whole person through individualized treatment, to teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine -- these are among the principles that drive the content and structure of the ND program.

Naturopathic medicine is a primary health-care profession that focuses on the promotion of health, assessment of the physical and mental condition of an individual, and the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and dysfunctions. It does this through the integrated use of therapies and substances that promote the individual's inherent self-healing mechanisms.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) Curriculum

The ND program is broadly composed of three main areas of study, the biomedical sciences, the clinical sciences and the art and practice of naturopathic medicine: biomedical sciences, clinical sciences, and the art and practice of naturopathic medicine

CCNM's 4-year accredited professional program in naturopathic medicine provides more than 3000 hours of classroom training and 1200 hours of clinical experience.

There are 6 major modalities that help to define naturopathic practice. Each is a distinct area of practice and includes diagnostic principles and practices as well as therapeutic skills and techniques. The integration of these modalities to effectively meet the individual health needs of each patient is one of the major outcomes of CCNM's ND program. Below is an overview of the major modalities covered in the program.

- Asian Medicine/Acupuncture

- Botanical Medicine

- Clinical Nutrition

- Homeopathic Medicine

- Physical Medicine

- Health Psychology and Lifestyle Counselling

A Culture of Rigorous Research

- Groundbreaking studies on chronic pain and anxiety with Canada Post workers.

- The first integrative oncology centre in Canada.

- Partnerships with the country's leading universities and research institutes.

- Publications in the topmost naturopathic and medical journals.

CCNM's Department of Research is a world-wide leader in advancing human understanding of complementary and naturopathic medicine as a viable, sustainable health-care system.

Integrative Cancer Care

CCNM's Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC), which opened in 2011, is a model multi-disciplinary flagship centre providing whole-person integrative care to people with cancer, cancer survivors, and those seeking both primary and secondary cancer prevention.

The OICC is the first integrative oncology and research centre in Eastern Canada to provide care, advocacy and education for the use of whole-person care to the cancer community and health-care practitioners, regionally and nationally.

Often cancer patients do not communicate their complementary care choices with conventional oncologists. One of oncologists' biggest concerns with complementary medicine is the potential for this care to interfere with conventional therapies like chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The OICC works with patients, their families and their health-care professionals to develop a complementary, non-interfering therapy program to optimize overall wellness.

The OICC offers:

- Scientifically grounded, evidence-informed natural cancer care, to strengthen the body's ability to heal itself and to sustain wellness during aggressive cancer therapies.

- Open communication and collaboration with allied health professionals and conventional oncologists.

- Evidence-based therapies at doses and times that will not negatively impact on conventional therapy but support the body's own inherent healing ability and help patients cope with therapy associated toxicity and side effects.

- Research that evaluates the effectiveness of the therapies provided.

Students from All Over North America and the World

CCNM's annual enrollment is approximately 550 students. They come from every province in Canada, and from the United States and around the world. The ratio of women to men at CCNM is approximately 3:1, with student ages ranging from 20 to 50 years and older.

Financial Aid Programs for Both Canadians and US Citizens

Qualifying students who enroll with CCNM may take advantage of federal, provincial and US federal student loan programs. In addition, CCNM offers a number of scholarships, bursaries, loans and awards through the generosity of its donors. Private and professional school loans may also be available through your financial institution.

CCNM Graduates in Clinics, Research, and Industry

Upon graduation, many naturopathic doctors open successful practices throughout North America. Other graduates become partners or employees of existing naturopathic practices, or find positions in multidisciplinary clinics, fitness and wellness centers, spas, and corporate wellness programs. CCNM graduates also go on to perform various types of research in industry, government, and university settings.

Student Life

.CCNM's location in Toronto offers a wealth of entertainment, leisure, and cultural activities for students to enjoy. Whether students' tastes lead them to exotic cuisines, multicultural festivals, sports events or the theatre district, there's always something to capture their interest in Toronto.

Campus facilities include:

- NSA student centre

- Fitness centre

- The Paracelsus Herb Garden

- Public transit

- Career Resource Centre

- Hearty Catering Cafeteria

- Learning Resources Centre

- Bookstore

- On-site Student Residence

Location & Contact

Bachelor of Naturopathy Program

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

1255 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto, ON M2K 1E2

Mr. Bob Bernhardt


Phone: 416-498-1255
Fax: 416-498-3197

Student Services and Admissions Department

Phone: 416-498-1225 ext. 245
Fax: 416-498-3197

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Naturopathic Medicine Bachelor of Naturopathy (BN)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 127
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees


78% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 196
    • Accepted 144
    • Acceptance Rate 78
    • Enrolled 103
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $115
    • Application Fee - International $115
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 31st December 31st Yes
    • Winter deadline May 1st May 1st Yes
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees1 year of course work in general biology , humanities and physiology; 1 semester of course work in organic chemistry and psychology
    • International DegreesTOEFL recommended, 580 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS recommended, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$20,100
    • Out-of-state tuition *$20,100
    • International student tuition$21,990
    • * Tuition for full-time graduate student per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$500
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • * Fees for full-time graduate students
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students599
    • Female Percentage75%
    • Male Percentage25%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students599
    • Part-time Percentage36%
    • Full-time Percentage64%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchNatural health products for lung cancer; the use of habanero chili pepper for cancer; melatonin as an anticancer agent with and without chemotherapy; interactions between natural health products and pharmaceuticals; the use of selenium for patients with HIV/AIDS
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported