Naturopathic Medicine

As part of Change Your Pain Kamloops’ interdisciplinary rehabilitation services, we provide a naturopathic doctor here in Kamloops.

WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE? - Naturopathic Doctors (ND) are trained as primary care physicians who are able to complete full physical exams, including pap smears, breast exams, prostate and testicular exams. They are also able to request and refer for diagnostic laboratory testing. Naturopathic doctors have been licensed in British Columbia for over 90 years.

WHAT IS THE TRAINING REQUIRED TO BECOME A NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN? - To obtain a naturopathic medical credential (ND) that qualifies the recipient to sit for licensing examination students must have the following:

THREE YEARS OF PRE-MEDICAL SCIENCES at a University with a minimum cumulative GPA of three on a four point scale. Prerequisite courses: biology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, introductory psychology and humanities.

Successfully complete a FOUR-YEAR-FULL TIME PROGRAM in an accredited school of Naturopathic Medicine that includes more than 4,500 hours of classroom training and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience.

Pass NPLEX BOARD EXAMS which are written after the 2nd and 4th years of study. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all licensing jurisdictions for Naturopathic doctors in North America

Meet the CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION (CME) credits as required by the provincial regulatory boards on an ongoing basis.

What is the training required to become a Naturopathic Physician?

BASIC SCIENCES This area of study includes anatomy, physiology, histology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology and pathology.

CLINICAL DISCIPLINES Diagnostic medicine areas of study are physical and clinical diagnosis, differential and laboratory dianosis, radiology, naturopathic assessment and orthopedics.

NATUROPATHIC DISCIPLINES There are six major disciplines that define the areas of naturopathic practice. Each discipline is a distinct area of practice and includes both diagnostic principles and pratices as well as therapeutic skills and techniques. They include: clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulation and lifestyle counselling.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE All students must complete 1,500 hours of clinical requirements and demostrate proficiency in all aspects of Naturopathic Medicine prior to graduation.