Ontario Clinical Sciences Exam


Applicants for registration to practise naturopathy in Ontario who are not transferring their ND registration from another regulated Canadian jurisdiction, must successfully complete the College's Ontario Clinical Sciences Exam. This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of necessary naturopathic competencies for the treatment of patients. 

This exam replaced the NPLEX II exam on April 1, 2019. 

The Ontario Clinical Sciences Exam is a mix of case-based and stand-alone questions, which test for clinical readiness and emphasise a candidate’s ability to apply their knowledge and critical thinking. The April 2020 version of the examination blueprint is available below. It includes the competencies and weighting to be tested in each content area.

An updated study reference guide which provides information on testable content and sample questions, and an updated handbook outlining the procedural components of this exam (including pre- and post-exam processes such as requesting an accommodation and information about scoring) can be found below.

Exam fees

Initial and Retake Exam Fee                                              $850 + HST

Administrative Fee for Deferrals                                         $50 + HST

Examination Appeal Fee, Each Appeal                              $75 + HST


Upcoming Exams


For information about upcoming 2020 sessions, or for timetable and exam transcript release dates, please see our Ontario Clinical Sciences Exam Schedule.

If this is your first time applying for a registration examination under the College, please note that you must first submit an Application for Pre-Registration  along with valid photo ID.