Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine – Boucher Campus

CANADIAN COLLEGE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE – BOUCHER CAMPUS

Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

About The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

CCNM, established in 1978 in Toronto, is the largest naturopathic medical education provider and the leading research institution in North America. More than 20% of NDs practising in North America are graduates of CCNM. In 2021, the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in British Columbia amalgamated with CCNM to establish the Toronto and Boucher campuses of the new Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).  

At the CCNM – Boucher Campus in New Westminster, B.C., our cohort model of education highlights the value of interpersonal relationships during the learning process. Classmates and instructors alike provide support to create a strong community for each student.

Mailing address:

330-435 Columbia Street,
New Westminster, BC, Canada V3L 5N8

Phone: 604.777.9981
Fax: 604.777.9982

Website 

Admission inquiries:
CCNM Admissions and Student Services Department
1-866-241-2266 ext. 245
info@ccnm.edu

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Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Metro Vancouver consistently rates as one of the world’s best cities to live in. The CCNM – Boucher Campus is surrounded by a thriving arts community, festivals, and a network of parks and trails to explore. The campus is located at the Columbia Skytrain station, with downtown Vancouver only a 30-minute ride away. Given British Columbia’s natural beauty, there are no shortage of activities to enjoy such as swimming, skiing, hiking, mountain biking trails, etc. The Fraser River is minutes from the school, with a beautiful boardwalk extending a few miles through New Westminster.

Academic Requirements

Degree: Doctor of Naturopathy

Academic Requirements

To be considered for admission to the naturopathic program, applicants must have completed a three- or four-year bachelor’s degree in any discipline at an accredited institution.  In addition, the following courses need to be completed prior to admission.  We offer online prerequisite courses in general biology, human life sciences, general chemistry and psychology. Visit ccnm.edu/psc for more information.

Required courses Credit hoursUnitsRequirements
General Biology30.5May be fulfilled either by a one-year biology course or by two semesters of courses such as anatomy, botany, cell biology, endocrinology, genetics, immunology, or zoology.
Human Life Sciences61.0May be fulfilled by one-year or two semesters of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy, microbiology, physiology, immunology, pathophysiology and/or pharmacology.
General Chemistry30.5May be fulfilled either by a one-year chemistry course or two semesters of any chemistry. General, organic and/or biochemistry courses would be accepted.
Psychology30.5May be fulfilled either by one semester of introductory psychology, health psychology, developmental psychology, or other similar courses.
Social Sciences or Humanities61.0Acceptable courses include, but are not limited to: sociology, economics, organizational behavior/ management, English, history, etc. This elective must include an essay-writing component. Foreign language courses are not accepted towards the humanities prerequisite.

Credit will only be given for the completion of prerequisites when a grade of C-minus (60 per cent) or better is earned.

For September admission, courses must be completed by August 31 of the year of application. For January admission, courses must be completed by December 31.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2 .7 on a four-point scale . Historically, the average cumulative GPA of accepted students has been 3 .0 to 3 .3 on a four-point scale.

Mature Student Policy

As outlined in the above section on admissions requirements, completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is expected. A limited number of exceptions are made for mature students who do not possess a bachelor’s degree. Mature students wishing to apply to CCNM must have completed a minimum of three years of university study (90 credit hours, 15 full courses) towards a baccalaureate degree . Competitive applications must have an average cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 on a four-point scale (equivalent to B+). A lower grade point average (minimum 2.7) may be acceptable, depending on the applicant’s academic history, interview, essay, references and career related experience. 

Applicants applying as mature students must possess  all of the minimum prerequisites as outlined in the  above section on admission requirements. In addition, anyone applying as a mature student must be able to demonstrate a minimum of four years of work and life experience outside of university. Please note that possessing the published minimum admission requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Please contact Student Services for more information at info@ccnm.edu.

Proficiency in the English Language

As the CCNM curriculum is delivered in English, all applicants are expected to demonstrate sufficient facility in the English language to fully participate in the learning process. If an applicant’s post-secondary studies were completed outside of North America in a language other than English, proof of English proficiency must be submitted to CCNM. CCNM’s minimum requirements are indicated below. 

TOEFL IBT: minimum 86 out of 120 (CCNM TOEFL  DI Code: 0245)

Admission Decision

The decision to admit an applicant is based primarily on the applicant’s undergraduate grade point average and admissions interview. Additional criteria will include:

  • applicant’s academic history
  • essay
  • references
  • resumé

Personal Interview

PERSONAL INTERVIEW

This is an essential part of the admissions process. The purpose of this interview is to assess an applicant’s ability to successfully complete the program and become an effective naturopathic doctor. Applicants will be chosen for interviews based on their academic performance. 

Interviews are conducted in-person or via Zoom for applicants unable to travel to  the campus. 

The personal interview lasts approximately 45 minutes.  The interview team consists of one faculty member and one fourth-year student intern. There are three components to  the interview: 

  1. Several vignettes/scenarios with applicable questions  (for which no prior medical knowledge is required)
  2. Additional questions related to motivation and familiarity  with naturopathic medicine
  3. An opportunity for open dialogue

Personal Statement/Essay

Applicants for all streams are required to complete a personal statement/essay. Essay questions are included in the application. Please follow the specific instructions provided when answering the essay questions. The essay should be no longer than 500 words.

References

Three letters of reference must be submitted online through NDCAS. The following references are required: 

  • One academic reference 
  • One reference from a regulated health-care professional 
  • One additional reference from either of the above categories or a past employer/volunteer 

Referees must have known you for a minimum of one year,  although it is strongly recommended that you choose  someone who has known you for two years or more 

When selecting your referee, you should choose someone  who can comment on your capacity in the following areas: 

  • Ability to handle stressful situations 
  • Business management skills 
  • Commitment to upholding high ethical standards 
  • Demonstration of tolerance, compassion and empathy 
  • Initiative 
  • Maturity 
  • Problem solving skills 
  • Self-discipline

Resumé

Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae/resume including the following information:

  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Volunteer experience
  • Awards
  • Skills and abilities

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Program Information

CCNM offers a four-year, full-time naturopathic medicine program.

The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program provides more than 3,500 hours of classroom training and 1,200 hours of clinical experience.

Our program consists of the following areas of study: biomedical sciences, clinical sciences,  and applied naturopathic modalities.

Tuition and Fees:

Doctor of Naturopathy

Annual tuition fee 2022 – 2023

$25,800 CDN / $19,695** USD

**As of July 15, 2022. Exchange rates are subject to fluctuation. Please visit https://ccnm.edu/future-students/admissions/tuition-fees for the most up-to-date calculations.