In line with conventional medical training, training in naturopathic medicine requires the completion of an undergraduate degree, followed by the completion of a four-year, accredited, naturopathic medical education before being allowed to register as a Naturopathic Doctor in Alberta.
Naturopathic education encompasses basic and diagnostic sciences – including anatomy, clinical physiology, pathology, immunology, pharmacology, biochemistry, embryology, physical and clinical diagnosis, and lab diagnosis. In addition they receive extensive training in a variety of naturopathic disciplines including clinical nutrition, acupuncture and Asian medicine, botanical medicine, physical medicine, lifestyle counselling and homeopathy.
For at least the final two years of their medical program, naturopathic students intern in clinical settings under the close supervision of licensed professionals and must meet minimum requirements in terms of hours and patient contacts.
With a minimum of 4,100 hours of classroom training in basic medical science courses, naturopathic principles, and therapeutics, as well as a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised clinical practicum, naturopathic training is quite intensive. In addition, graduates must pass two sets of provincial licensing board exams and are required to keep their registration current throughout their career by completing at least 70 hours every three years of approved continuing education.