Naturopathic Doctors (also known as NDs or Naturopaths) provide health care to people of all ages, focusing on the use of natural therapies to support and stimulate healing processes.
All licensed NDs complete a minimum of three years university-level training, including pre-medical courses, then four years at an accredited naturopathic medical college. In naturopathic programs, NDs study the same basic medical and clinical sciences as other health care professionals, like MDs or RNs. For information on becoming an ND, or the requirements to practice in Ontario, please visit the Become a ND
section of our site. The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors
, the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
also provide information about the profession.
Registration with a governing body helps ensure that NDs have the knowledge, skill and judgment to carry out their role. As of July 1, 2015, NDs practising in Ontario are regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
Anyone seeing an ND should expect to be dealing with a highly trained professional who has met comprehensive standards in order to practice. As regulated professionals, NDs are accountable for their conduct and practice.
ND, Naturopathic Doctor and Naturopath are protected titles. That means that only people who have demonstrated the education and qualification to practice can use the title. It’s important that you know who is delivering your care. Anyone found using a protected title without belonging to that profession’s regulatory college is considered an illegal practitioner, engaged in unauthorized practice. The appropriate college will investigate.
Contact the College if you have any concerns about an ND’s conduct or practice. College staff can also help you understand what the Standards of the profession mean, and can advise you on your rights as a health care consumer. The College puts the interests of the public first.