CCNM - Become a Student: International Students



The naturopathic medical profession is currently enjoying unprecedented growth and development, while remaining rooted in a long-standing tradition.

Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) are trained to use natural modalities – including clinical nutrition, lifestyle counselling, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, Asian medicine/acupuncture and physical medicine  – to stimulate the body’s natural healing potential.

The naturopathic profession is based upon a set of principles that guide NDs in the safe application of natural therapies and substances that help support and stimulate the body’s innate self-healing process. These principles underpin a complete, individualized and co-ordinated approach to health care, that integrates modern scientific knowledge with traditional and cutting edge natural medicine.

To succeed as a Naturopathic Doctor, you must embrace the profession’s principles as a foundation for your practice and your life. As a practising ND, you will be contributing to a new generation of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners.

Naturopathic Doctors must take their role as health care provider very seriously. As a highly trusted medical professional, your advice will foster a powerful healing partnership with your patients. Your actions will extend beyond your personal practice, leaving a deep impact upon the reputation of the profession. Naturopathic Doctors share the responsibility of ensuring that their advice and actions protect the health and well being of both their patients and the profession.

Challenge yourself to become better, and to change other people’s lives for the better. Choose naturopathic medicine.



Naturopathic medicine is a complete and co-ordinated approach to health care. It is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies and gentle techniques.

Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine are specialists in natural medicine and preventative health care, integrating scientific knowledge with traditional healing wisdom. They are health-care professionals who use safe, gentle, non-invasive therapies including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, etc., to assist the whole person in maximizing the body's inherent self-healing capacity.


Students receive more than 4,200 hours of classroom and clinical training. The three major areas of study are:

Basic Medical Sciences

Courses in anatomy and histology, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology are covered. Problem-solving skills in applied basic life sciences are developed through lectures, case discussions, tutorial groups and clinical simulations. Some of these courses include a laboratory component.

Clinical Disciplines

Includes physical and clinical diagnosis, differential and laboratory diagnosis, radiology, naturopathic assessment and orthopedics. The principles and philosophy of naturopathic medicine form the bridgework between the academic and clinical parts of the curriculum.

Naturopathic Disciplines

Six major disciplines define the areas of naturopathic practice. These are Asian Medicine/Acupuncture, Botanical Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Homeopathy, Physical Medicine and Lifestyle Counselling.

Each is a distinct area and includes both diagnostic principles and clinical practice, as well as therapeutic skills and techniques. Instruction in all the naturopathic therapies is provided.

Clinical experience

Fourth-year students provide patients with high quality natural health care at CCNM's on-site Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic. As well, students in their second and third years have opportunities to observe and carry out some treatments. The purpose of clinical training is to provide a hands-on learning environment with patients, so that students can apply their academic knowledge and learn skills to become competent naturopathic doctors. Every aspect of clinical training is supervised by a faculty of registered naturopathic doctors.





CCNM is committed to a high standard of education. Each candidate is evaluated by the Admissions Committee with regard to academic achievement, motivation, character, community service and life experience. To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must have completed 90 semester hours, 30 semester credits, 130 quarter credits or 15 full-year credits (approximately three years) at a university in Canada or its equivalent. These courses must be completed before enrolling in the program. A minimum number of prerequisite courses is required for admission. No credit is given for the completion of prerequisites unless the grade earned is a C (minimum of 60 per cent) or better.

  Required Courses

 Semester Hours


General Biology*

6 hours

1 (full credit)


3 hours

.5 (half credit)

General Chemistry**

6 hours

1 (full credit)

Organic Chemistry**

3 hours

.5 (half credit)


6 hours

1 (full credit)


6 hours

1 (full credit)

  • Missing some requirements? You may be eligible for the Naturopathic College Preparatory Program (NCPP) which provides all of the prerequisite courses over an intensive 16 to 21-week program.
  • *The biology requirement may be fulfilled by either a one-year general biology course or by one semester of cell biology and one semester of anatomy, botany, genetics, microbiology, physiology or zoology.
  • **A laboratory component is required with these courses.
  • ***Humanities course work must include an esssay writing component.

NOTE: It is recommended that applicants complete courses in some or all of the following areas in order to prepare for the college curriculum:

  • anatomy
  • environmental science
  • genetics
  • human physiology
  • microbiology
  • physics
  • sociology
  • statistics


For those students who do not possess the required courses in science, CCNM offers a Naturopathic College Preparatory Program. The NCPP provides a thorough academic introduction to naturopathic medicine and relevant science subjects through an intensive, 16-week science-based curriculum. Qualified applicants must have completed a minimum of three years (15 full courses or 90 credit hours) toward a baccalaureate degree, including one full course or six credit hours in general chemistry with lab component. Also, a minimum of two years of relevant work and/or life experience is required. It is recommended that the applicant's cumulative grade-point average is at least 3.0 on a four-point scale (B, or 75 per cent) to be competitive. The applicant is also assessed on an essay, autobiographic-sketch and references. Admission to the Naturopathic College Preparatory Program constitutes conditional acceptance to the ND program.  For more information you can
NCPP or download the brochure.




As the curriculum at CCNM is delivered in the English language, all applicants must demonstrate sufficient facility in the English language to fully participate in the learning process. For applicants who do not speak English as a first language, a minimum score of 237 on the computerized version, or 580 on the paper-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for admission to the college. Alternatively, if an applicant has successfully completed at least three years (90 credit hours) of study in an undergraduate program at a university where the principal language is English, that applicant will be considered to have proficiency in the English language.

For more information please view the TOEFL Information Bulletin.




The following is a guideline of some of the fees you may encounter in applying to CCNM.  All are noted in Canadian Funds and are subject to change.


Application Fee $150
Transcript Evaluation $200 (Payable to WES)
TOEFL Test Fee varies according to testing centre
Study Permit $125
Tuition $18,992 per year*
CCNM Student Card $25
NSA Fee          $200**
Residence Deposit      $250
Residence Monthly Rental Fee $385 per month

*NOTE: Tuition is based on the 2004/05 academic year and is subject to change without prior notice.
**NOTE: NSA Fee of $200 applies to Year-one only.


Canadian students enrolled in the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program may be eligible for assistance under one or more of the following components in the:

  • Canada Student Loans Program (CSL)

  • Ontario Student Loans Program (OSL)

  • Student Loan Program in your province of residence

Federal and provincial government loans may not cover the cost of tuition. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Officer.

CCNM participates in the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFEL). Stafford loans are available to eligible students who are citizens of the United States. For details please contact the financial aid office at CCNM or visit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Web site at: You may also call 1-800-4FED-AID or 319-337-5665 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern Time to get in touch with the U.S. Department of Education. CCNM's school code is: G32733-00.

Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan Program
This is a need-based, federally insured student loan program. The current Stafford Loan annual limit is $8,500 (U.S.). Interest does not accrue on this loan while you are attending school.

Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan Program
This is a federally insured student loan that is not need-based. The maximum annual loan amount is $10,000 (U.S.). Interest accrues on this loan while you are attending school.

CCNM offers a number of awards, bursaries and scholarships through the generosity of many donors.

For further information on financial assistance, please contact our Financial Aid Officer.





The application consists of:

1. A completed application form and payment of an application fee.

2. Official transcripts mailed directly to CCNM's Recruitment Department by the institutions attended.

3. Certified translations of foreign language documents and an education

4. Proof of current course enrolment.

5. Letters of reference from two individuals (non-relative) mailed directly from these individuals to the Recruitment Department. It is recommended that references be obtained from the following groups:

a. Academic (post secondary)
b. Professional (previous employer)
c. Naturopathic Doctor (non-relative)

6. Written personal statements explaining commitment to and motivation for becoming a naturopathic doctor.

7. A copy of a birth certificate or equivalent.


I. The application deadline is fixed each year. After the deadline, there is an additional application fee. Applications received after the deadline are accepted only if space is available.

II. Once accepted, a deposit is required. The deposit is applied to the tuition fee. Failure to pay the fee before the date noted on the letter of acceptance may result in the position being offered to another qualified applicant.


Applications are now being accepted for January 2005 entry.  Your completed application for the ND program should be received by the college by May 31, 2004.

September 2004 applications will be accepted subject to availability.


The ND Program application form (in Adobe Acrobat format) is available at our Download Centre.



Students who have completed their university study at an institution outside of North America, must have their transcripts evaluated and translated (if necessary) by World Education Services (WES).   All post-secondary transcripts must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. 

Course-by-Course Report (Fee: $200 CAD)

  • lists all subjects completed at the post-secondary level
  • provides a Canadian semester credit and grade equivalent for each course
  • provides a Canadian grade average, and
  • designates the level (upper or lower) of each undergraduate course (for applicants who have selected education as their primary purpose)

This is the report you should order for:

  • education
  • professional licensing
  • professional certification

WES basic service includes:

  • Ten-day service - evaluation completed and mailed (Canada Post) within 10 business days
  • One official evaluation report sent to you AND one report sent to the institution of your choice
  • Evaluation of ALL your formal credentials, regardless of number or complexity
  • Calculation of a Canadian grade average (for applicants who have selected education as their primary purpose), permanent archiving of your evaluation and the option to obtain additional official reports at any time in the future.

NOTE: Fees are not refundable and are subject to change.

Canadian Office at
(416) 972-0070 or 1-866-343-0070


CCNM Application Checklist:

  • Completed Application Form
  • $150 Application Fee
  • All post-secondary transcripts, sealed and delivered directly to CCNM
  • Transcript evaluation from WES
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Proof of enrolment in current course(s)
  • Completed autobiographical sketch
  • Two confidential reference forms
  • Personal Statement/Essay
  • Copy of Birth Certificate





Most foreign students will need a Study Permit to study in Canada. You should apply as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance from CCNM. The time needed to process an application to study in Canada may vary at different visa offices.  Applications processed in Canada normally take up to 33 days.

You may also need a Temporary Resident Visa in addition to your Study Permit, however you do not have to make a separate application or pay a separate fee. An officer will issue it at the same time as the documentation that you will need to enter Canada as a student.

To obtain a Study Permit and Temporary Resident Visa, you must contact the Government of Canada for an application.  You will also be required to present the following documentation:

1.       Letter of Acceptance from CCNM

2.       Proof of Identity

3.       Proof of Financial Support

4.       An indication that you intend to return to your home country upon completion of the program

5.       Medical assessment (if required)

Once you have filled out the application, contact your local Visa office to see if you need to fill out any additional forms.  Once complete, you must submit your forms along with your application fee (usually $125 Cad.) and supporting documentation to a Visa office at the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate responsible for the country in which you are living. 


Study Permit/Temporary Resident Visa Checklist:

  • Completed application form(s)
  • $125 CAD Application Fee
  • Letter of Acceptance from CCNM
  • Proof of Identification
  • Proof of Financial Support
  • Medical Assessment (if applicable)




Toronto is one of the most exciting cities in North America. With a population of almost 4.5 million, Toronto is Canada’s largest city. It has an excellent public transportation system, well-maintained roads and highways, and a low cost of living when compared to other cities of its size.

Toronto is a vibrant mosaic of many cultural and ethnic groups. It is made up of many distinct neighbourhoods, each with its unique variety of foods, people and lifestyles. In Toronto, different neighbourhoods, cultures and ethnicity’s come together to form a warm and welcoming city where visitors feel safe, comfortable and right at home. In fact, Toronto has been rated the safest big city in North America.

In the language of Canada’s native Mohawk people, Toronto means, “meeting place.” With a vibrant entertainment scene that brims with all kinds of music, theatre, galleries, sports, shopping and cuisine, any part of Toronto is a great place to meet up with friends. Newcomers to Toronto also appreciate Canadians’ friendliness and approachability.

Toronto’s warmth extends beyond its residents. The average summer temperature in Toronto is 21 degrees Celsius, often climbing higher than 30 degrees. In summer, which generally spans from May until mid-September, the city comes alive. Torontonians enjoy rollerblading, shopping, relaxing on patios, strolling along the waterfront, soaking up sun on the beach, taking harbour ferry tours and visiting the city’s renowned island, parks and zoo. Toronto is driving distance from local skiing, Montreal, Ottawa, Niagara Falls and New York.


  • Places Rated Almanac ranked Toronto the safest large metropolitan area in North America.

  • Forty-eight per cent of Toronto’s population are immigrants.

  • Toronto’s population speaks more than 100 languages.

  • Toronto boasts more than 79 ethnic newspapers and magazines.

  • More than 20,000 retail stores and restaurants do business in Toronto.

  • One of North America’s largest medical centres, Toronto is home to more than 50 hospitals, 8,000 physicians and more than 50,000 health care professionals.

  • Toronto is home to four professional sports teams, including the Maple Leafs (hockey), the Raptors (basketball), the Blue Jays (baseball), and the Argos (football).

  • Toronto is Canada’s hottest tourist destination. In 1999, the city welcomed more than 21 million visitors!

  • Toronto has North America’s second largest public transit system, after New York City.

  • Toronto has the third largest English-language theatre district in the world, after London and New York City.



The Student Residence is conveniently located adjacent to the main campus building.

We offer co-ed accommodations on both a short-term and year-round basis. Residents are just steps away from such amenities as the Learning Resources Centre and the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic.


The campus is located at one of the newest stops in Toronto's safe, clean and efficient subway systems and easily accessible to major highways. Limited parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residence Rooms

All 200 rooms are for single occupancy only. Furnishings include a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe closet and a personal refrigerator. All rooms are fully carpeted.

TV Lounges/Dining Areas

Each floor has a number of shared lounges complete with colour television and a balcony overlooking the courtyard. A fully equipped kitchen adjoins each lounge. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available on each floor.


The large, landscaped courtyard provides an ideal space for socializing or studying. Brick barbeques in the courtyard are available for resident use.


The Residence offers 24-hour security personnel as well as fully monitored security cameras located on the campus grounds.

Local features

Nearby amenities within walking distance include major shopping centres, restaurants, North York General Hospital, recreation centres, public libraries and parks.



When preparing for your arrival and stay in Canada consider the following checklist for essential items you should plan on having during your stay.

International Student Essentials:

  • Documentation (ID, Letter of Acceptance, Medical Information, Study Permit, etc.)
  • Financial Information (Bank information, Canadian currency)
  • Warm weather clothing (T-shirts, shorts, swimsuit)  
  • Cold weather clothing (Sweaters, hat, gloves, winter coat and boots)


CCNM offers more than just an education, it offers a chance for students to participate in many non-academic clubs and events overseen by the Naturopathic Students Association.

Some of CCNM’s Student Clubs include:

  • Athletics Club
  • Ball Hockey
  • Botanical Society
  • Campus Association for Baha'i Studies
  • CCNM Christian Fellowship
  • Group Cardio
  • Meditation Club
  • Philosophy of Naturopathy
  • Taijiquan Practice on Tuesdays
  • Thursday Night Yoga with Aparna
  • Western Wesen Federation

Events include:

  • CCNM Suppliers Show
  • Consciousness Week
  • Graduation Formal
  • Grand Rounds
  • Health and Wellness Fair (Open House)
  • Kidz and Teens Health Awareness Week
  • Men’s Health Awareness Week
  • Visiting Elders Series
  • Winter Formal
  • Women’s Health Awareness Week 

Check our NEWS & EVENTS section for more information.



Typically, those who possess a study permit are not allowed to work while in Canada.  However, you may be eligible to work on campus at the institution where you study without a work permit.

CCNM has limited opportunities for on-campus work including positions in the Learning Resource Centre, Residence, Recruitment and Advancement Departments.



Naturopathic College Preparatory Program 2003/2004 2004/2005 2005/2006 2006/2007
Applications Due - Spring/Summer Session May 31 May 31 May 31 May 31
General Chemistry Course - Summer Session July 12 - Aug. 14 July 11 - Aug. 13 July 10 - Aug. 12  
NCPP Course - Summer Session May 3 - Aug. 19 May 2 - Aug. 18 May 1 - Aug. 17  
Applications Due - Fall/Winter Session Jan. 31 Jan. 31 Jan. 31 Jan. 31
General Chemistry Course - Spring Session March 22 - April 24 March 21 - April 23 March 20 - April 22  
NCPP Course - Fall Session August 23 - Dec. 9 August 22 - Dec. 8 August 21 - Dec. 7  

ND Program - September intake

2003/2004 2004/2005 2005/2006 2006/2007
Early Applications Due Jan. 31 Jan. 31 Jan. 31 Jan. 31
Registration Sept. 1 - 3 Aug. 31 - Sept. 2 Aug. 30 - Sept. 1
Term 1 Sept. 7 - Dec. 17 Sept. 6 - Dec. 16 Sept. 5 - Dec. 15
Reading Week
Term 2 Jan. 3 - May 6 Jan. 2 - May 5 Jan. 2 - May 4

ND Program - January intake 2003/2004 2004/2005 2005/2006 2006/2007
Early Applications Due May 31 May 31 May 31 May 31
Term 1 Jan. 3 - April 15 Jan. 3 - April 14 Jan. 2 - April 13
Reading Week April 19 - 23
Term 2 April 25 - Aug. 19 April 24 - Aug. 18 April 25 - Aug. 19

Check our NEWS & EVENTS section for more information.




Naturopathic Practice in Canada

Naturopathic Doctors are primary care providers trained to work in co-operation with all other health care practitioners. Naturopathic practice is regulated under provincial law in four provinces: British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan, with licensure pending in Alberta.  Regulated naturopathic doctors are required to complete three years of pre-medical training at a recognized university, four years of full-time naturopathic education at an approved college and pass rigorous regulatory board examinations that are standardized across North America.

More information about Naturopathic Practice in Canada

Naturopathic Practice in the U.S.

Licensed States and Licensing Authorities

In the United States, health-care practitioners are licensed by the state they practice in; consequently, there is no one set of rules or steps toward licensure that will apply to all state licensing requirements. A requirement common to all licensing jurisdictions is that the applicant must have passed the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam (NPLEX).  To be eligible to sit for NPLEX, an applicant must document a naturopathic medical education from (or equivalent to that of) the post-graduate degree programs of the approved North American naturopathic medical colleges.

Currently, 13 states and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have licensing laws for naturopathic doctors. In these states, naturopathic doctors are required to graduate from a four-year, residential naturopathic medical school and pass an extensive postdoctoral board examination (NPLEX) in order to receive a license.

Licensed naturopathic physicians must fulfill state-mandated continuing education requirements annually, and will have a specific scope of practice defined by their state’s law. The states that currently have licensing laws for naturopathic physicians are:


Alaska Montana
Arizona New Hampshire
California Oregon
Connecticut Utah
Hawaii Vermont
Kansas Washington
Maine Puerto Rico and
Virgin Islands


In unlicensed states:

  • No statutes regulate or define the profession

  • Practitioners can not use the public designation doctor or physician.

  • Practitioners can not diagnose or prescribe

U.S. Licensing Authorities

Federation of Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Authorities
SW Capitol Highway #160
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 224-7744

Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination Board (NPLEX)
P.O. Box 69657
Portland, OR 97201
(416) 498-4255 ×227
(503) 250-9141

North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE)
8948 SW Barbur Boulevard #157
Portland, OR 97219-4047
(503) 778-7990

Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development
Division of Occupational Licensing Naturopathic Section
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
(907) 465-2695

Arizona Naturopathic Board of Medical Examiners
1400 W. Washington Ave, #230
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-8242

Connecticut Board of Naturopathic Examiners
410 Capitol Avenue, MS#12APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
(860) 509-7562

Hawaii Board of Examiners in Naturopathy
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801

Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 624-8579

Montana Alternative Health Care Board
301 S. Park
Helena, MT 59620-0573
(406) 841-2394

State of New Hampshire Department of Health
Board of Naturopathic Examiners
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-5127

Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners
(503) 731-4045
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 407
Portland, OR 97232

Puerto Rico

Junta Examiadora de Doctores en Naturopathia Oficina de Regiamentacion y Certification Para Profesionales de La Salud
Call Box 10200
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00909-0200

Vermont Office of the Secretary of State
Office of Professional Regulation Naturopathic Physicians Advisors
26 Terrace Street, Drawer 9
Montpelier, VT 05609

Washington State Naturopathic Physician Licensing Program
1300 SE Quince Street
P.O. Box 47870
Olympia, WA 98540-7870
(360) 236-4941
(808) 586-2704

(Source: American Association of Naturopathic Physicians)



For more information on becoming a CCNM student, contact

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
1255 Sheppard Ave. East
Toronto, ON M2K 1E2

Tel: 416-498-1255 ext. 245
Toll free in North America: 1-866-241-2266 ext. 245
Fax: 416-498-1643



Government of Canada (Visa Information)

World Education Services (WES)
City of Toronto
CEC Network
U.S. Students Related Links
Federation of Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Authorities
Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination Board (NPLEX)
North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE)
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians



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