The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine is Western Canada’s only accredited naturopathic medical school. Our students choose the Boucher Institute for a variety of reasons.
The ideal location – no better place to become a naturopathic doctor
(Vancouver, BC, Canada)
British Columbia is known for its stunning natural beauty – with towering mountains, forests and beaches. There is also no shortage of activities for the outdoor enthusiast, with nearby skiing, hiking, mountain biking trails, rivers, lakes and, of course, the Pacific Ocean. The mighty Fraser River is minutes from the school, with a beautiful boardwalk extending a few miles through New Westminster.
Small class size
We offer a cohort model of education with class sizes of approximately 30 students (never more than 36). This type of learning model uses the power of interpersonal relationships (student to student and student to instructor) to enhance the learning process and provide additional support to the cohort members as they move together toward program completion. Our small class sizes allow for a collaborative and intimate learning environment, an outstanding student to instructor ratio and a close-knit community.
A dynamic learning environment
Our academic philosophy, demonstrated through our careful curriculum design, incorporates principles of research-based learning theory, conventional academic wisdom and creativity within a mentorship-like context. How do we know our unique academic philosophy works? Our students consistently perform above the average of other CNME-accredited and candidate schools on the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exams (NPLEX).
Highest quality of instruction
We are committed to attracting and keeping the best faculty. Courses are taught by instructors with a terminal degree in their subject area (i.e., PhD, ND or other fully-qualified healthcare professional). Clinical expertise qualifies these professionals to present and demonstrate the specific knowledge and skills required. Clinical practice and integration courses are taught exclusively by licensed, practicing naturopathic physicians. Our academic philosophy strives to incorporate principles of proven conventional academic wisdom and a mentorship program.
Learn more, do more
There are no electives at the Boucher Institute, which ensures our graduates are equally strong in all standard naturopathic modalities.
Unlike other schools, we offer Traditional Asian Medicine as part of the curriculum, which means our students are eligible to practice acupuncture upon graduation. Our biomedicine course, which offers the basic sciences as one integrative course, is unique to the Boucher Institute. As a synthesis of several fields of study, biomedicine promotes an integrative, holistic and clinically relevant view of the basic sciences.
Hands-on clinical experience
The instructor ratio in clinical education ranges from four to eight students per supervising naturopathic doctor. We have over 20 clinical instructors, all of whom maintain private practices in addition to teaching at the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic. This means clinical instructors are current in the field and bring their own areas of expertise to the clinic. Along with direct patient care, students get practical training as assistants in the dispensary, laboratory and at the front desk.
A focus on professional development
We recognize that no patient will benefit from the care of a good naturopathic physician unless that physician is able to successfully practice medicine. We also recognize that students entering the profession may need help with the practical aspects of entering into naturopathic practice. That’s why we have developed a comprehensive professional development program that is offered throughout your four years of study.
Groups, clubs and committees
Opportunities abound for students who wish to get immersed in life outside the classroom. Join our peer support team, unwind in a yoga class, or get to know our sports medicine club. Whatever your interests, chances are there is a group for you.
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Boucher is a post-baccalaureate naturopathic medical institute. A degree and no less than 90 credits overall from a recognized or authorized Canadian or a regionally accredited American post-secondary institution is required for entry into the program.
For credentials and credits earned outside of Canada and the United States a “comprehensive evaluation” must be submitted from either International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) or World Education Services (WES) and must demonstrate equivalency to a North American degree and minimum credit requirements prior to matriculation.
Still Completing your Undergraduate Degree?
Prospective students may apply for admission in the final year of undergraduate study if you are able to provide an official transcript showing the degree conferred date as well as proof of successful completion of all prerequisites prior to matriculation.
Advanced Standing track
Medical graduates who are applying to the program must have graduated from a medical school recognized by the Medical Council of Canada.
Prerequisite Courses & GPA
The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine calculates a cumulative grade point average for all courses that constitute a degree. For a candidate to be considered a competitive applicant, the Admissions Committee expects a degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7.
Applicants must show a minimum final grade of 60% or ‘C’ in each required prerequisite course. The expected overall minimum cumulative science GPA is 2.5 to compete for the limited program seats.
The Admissions Committee expects prerequisite courses to be completed no more than seven (7) years prior to an application for admission. Candidates must be prepared to show that they have kept themselves up-to-date in the sciences.
Biology (6 credit hours)
General chemistry (3 credit hours)
Organic chemistry (3 credit hours)
Biochemistry (3 credit hours)
Psychology (3 credit hours)
English/Humanities (3 credit hours)
Advanced Standing track
In order to be considered for advanced standing, applicants must successfully complete the United States Medical Licensing Examination – Level 1 (USMLE-I), Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part 1 (MCCQE1), or equivalent examination as determined by the Boucher Institute.
Successful completion of the USMLE I, MCCEE or MCCQE1 (or equivalent examination) also satisfies the academic prerequisite requirements for admission, with the exception of English and Humanities prerequisites.
English/Humanities (3 credit hours)
In addition to the mandatory prerequisites, prospective students would benefit by completing additional courses in some or all of the following areas:
For more information, please read our Admissions FAQ.
Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission into the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program:
- Have completed their degree (all degree credits) at an institution where the official language of instruction is English, completed secondary school (all grades from grade 8), and received their high school diploma at a secondary school where the official language of instruction is English will meet the minimum language requirement, provided there are no concerns regarding language ability during the admissions interview.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum score of 95 overall with a minimum of 23 in each testing section. Scores over three years old at the time of application will not be accepted.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each testing section. Scores over three years old at the time of application will not be accepted.
Additional Requirement & Criteria
The primary objective of the applicant screening process is to ensure that accepted applicants have made an informed commitment to Naturopathic Medicine. Applicants must be both temperamentally and morally suitable to the profession, and have a reasonable probability of becoming licensed to practice in a regulated jurisdiction. The criteria described below are used in the evaluation of applicants in order to achieve this objective.
The successful applicant is expected to:
- Have demonstrated reasonable academic ability in previous educational endeavours;
- Have reasonable knowledge of, and realistic attitudes towards health and healing, and towards naturopathic medicine in particular. They are expected to understand the importance of self-care, to demonstrate a reasonable understanding of holistic health care, and to be able to discuss the role of the healer in a person’s natural self-healing process;
- Have some knowledge and personal experience of naturopathic medicine;
- Recognize the ongoing responsibilities inherent in a life of service to the community as a naturopathic physician;
- Understand that naturopathic medicine is a rapidly changing field. Practitioners have a responsibility to maintain and update their skills and knowledge by keeping current with journals and through continuing education;
- Have realistic expectations regarding the income potential of naturopathic physicians, be aware of the potential for mental and emotional stress involved in this occupation, and have an understanding of the relationship of naturopathic medicine to other health care professions;
- Understand that naturopathic medicine is an entrepreneurial undertaking that requires business skills and marketing acumen;
- Have devoted sufficient time and energy to researching the naturopathic medicine profession and – considering their personal goals and expectations – are confident in their career choice;
- Have an appreciation of the importance of a diverse society, and show evidence by way of appropriate life experience, maturity, emotional stability, and physical capability necessary to engage in the activities required for naturopathic training and practice;
- Demonstrate critical thinking;
- Have excellent communication skills;
- Be able to discuss professionalism as it applies to the provision of health care;
- Be able to provide references as to character and ability;
- Be able to demonstrate adequate financial resources to become a full time student for four years.
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Four years for full-time regular students
Tuition and Fees: $25,144 CAD is the base tuition for students entering year one of the program in September 2020 (books, equipment, and supplies are not included in tuition fees).
Advanced Standing track
Tuition and Fees: $32,300 CAD is the base tuition for students entering year one of the program in January 2021 (books, equipment, and supplies are not included in tuition fees).