Naturopathic Doctors are highly educated primary health care providers and must complete a three- or four-year Bachelor's degree, with emphasis on premedical courses, prior to entry into an accredited Naturopathic college.
The Naturopathic medical program is four years in length and consists of training in medical and clinical sciences (anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pathology, etc.), Naturopathic principles and therapeutics, and medical diagnostics. Students receive 1200 hours of supervised clinical experience and all graduates from accredited schools in North America must pass two sets of standard licensing exams as well as their provincial/state board exam. In addition to this training, NDs must complete continuing education for the duration of their careers.
In Ontario, Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are currently regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)* and have been regulated since 1925.
*CONO took over regulation from the BDDT-N in 2015