The Prescribing Standard of Practice

The General Regulation outlines the requirements, including an approved course and examination that must be successfully completed in order for a member to meet the Prescribing Standard of Practice.

To enable NDs to begin working towards the proposed Standard of Practice requirements for prescribing, the transitional Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario launched the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics online course in March 2014. This course is intended to address the key competencies necessary for NDs to develop, implement and monitor evidence-based therapeutic plans,  a requirement for any ND who wishes to prescribe, dispense, compound, sell, or administer by injection or inhalation the drugs listed under the General Regulation.

Building upon the pharmacology knowledge received as part of the accredited naturopathic training, this course will help ensure members:
  • are prepared to excel as therapeutic prescribers;
  • are able to prescribe and use any number of natural substances that are restricted under federal legislation and within the context of other pharmaceuticals that their patients may have been prescribed by other regulated health practitioners.
For additional information regarding course content and instructors, you may download the Course Outline and Instructor Bios from the Resources section of the website.
For Questions and Answers related to the Standard of Practice requirements for prescribing, please click here.

Prescribing and Therapeutics Online Course Enrollment

The College has partnered with the Therapeutics Education Collaboration (TEC) to develop and administer the online course. Course instructors, Dr. James McCormack and Dr. Adil Virani, are both professors in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia who offer the online course via the TEC website. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, an audio-only version of the course content is also available. This course is open only to registered naturopathic doctors. 

Click here to enroll in the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics online course.

Prescribing and Therapeutics Examination

Prescribing and Therapeutics Examination

Members who have enrolled in and completed the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics course are eligible to register for the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics exam. Successful completion of the exam will deem the member to have met the Standard of Practice for Prescribing, whereby the member will be able to have the authority to access and use the drugs listed in the tables in the General Regulation of the Naturopathy Act, 2007.

For information regarding the examination, including requesting an exam deferral or an exam accommodation, please review the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics Examination handbook (revised 4/2017) available in the Resources Section. Members who are presently registered for an exam or who are looking at registering for a future exam session are strongly urged to read through this information.

Upcoming Exam Dates

Exam registration for each exam session will be granted in the order of receipt. Please note that a minimum of 100 individuals is required to run each exam session, and each session can accommodate a maximum of 130 individuals. If this minimum is not met, the College may be required to postpone the exam session. Registration for each session is handled on a first come, first served basis.

The next session of the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics Exam is on June 10, 2018. Registration will open at 9:00am on Monday, April 30, 2018 and the link to register will be posted here.