Naturopathic medical training closely parallels that of medical doctors. Candidates are required to complete four years of pre-med post-secondary education before being accepted into an accredited four-year program at an approved college of naturopathic medicine.
The four-year program is comprised of over 4,500 hours of classroom training in basic medical science courses, clinical sciences and naturopathic therapies, as well as 1,500 hours of supervised clinical practicum. Graduates from an accredited naturopathic college receive the designation Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND).
Following the completion of their courses and training, NDs must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) to become licensed in Alberta. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all regulated provinces and states across North America. A naturopathic doctor cannot practice in Alberta without completing the training and passing the exam.
NDs are also required to earn continuing education credits on an ongoing basis to maintain their registration and good standing with the regulatory body.
Yes. As of August 2012, Alberta NDs belong to the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA). The CNDA joins other regulated health professionals under the Health Professions Act. www.cnda.net
Currently, AHS does not cover visits to a naturopathic doctor. However, most extended healthcare plans include naturopathic medicine, so check with your provider to see the amount of your coverage.