Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine – Toronto Campus



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).  

The CCNM – Toronto Campus offers the only Doctor of Naturopathy degree in Canada, a four-year, full-time program. 

Mailing address:
1255 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M2K 1E2

Phone: 416.498.1255 ext. 245


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

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto consistently tops global lists as being one of the best places in the world to live. From arts, sports, nature trails, social scenes to street festivals, Toronto has something for everyone. The CCNM – Toronto Campus is located directly on the subway line (the subway stop is literally under our parking lot!). Famed Yonge Street with its eclectic mix of restaurants and shops is only three subway stops away. The Don River and Don River Trail are across the street from us allowing you to experience nature in the heart of the city, whether you are a jogger, biker or just want to take a walk. You can experience all of Toronto when you step out from the CCNM – Toronto Campus.

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 for more information.

Required courses  Credit hours Units Requirements
General Biology 3 0.5 May be fulfilled by one semester of biology, anatomy, botany, cell biology, endocrinology, genetics, immunology, or zoology.
Human Life Sciences 6 1.0 May 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 Chemistry 3 0.5 May be fulfilled by one semester of any chemistry. General, organic and/or biochemistry courses would be accepted.
Psychology 3 0.5 May be fulfilled either by one semester of introductory psychology, health psychology, developmental psychology, or other similar courses.
Social Sciences or Humanities 6 1.0 Acceptable 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

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


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.


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


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

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

Statement of Equal Opportunity

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine works to ensure that the principles of the Ontario Human Rights Code are reflected in our dealings with all of our constituents. The Ontario Human Rights Code states:

Every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to services, goods and facilities, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, same-sex partnership status, family status, or handicap.

This applies to all matters of the College.

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Program Information

CCNM offers a four-year, full-time naturopathic medicine program; the only Doctor of Naturopathy degree in Canada.

The Doctor of Naturopathy degree program provides more than 3,000 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 for the most up-to-date calculations.