How many applications do you receive each year? How many students are admitted?
UBCNM receives traditionally receives about 150 applications for our fall intake. UBCNM admits approximately a 40 student cohort for our fall term which begins in the month of August.
What is the educational background of a successful applicant?
All UBCNM matriculants must complete a baccalaureate degree. Successful applicants are expected to have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater. This applies to both the overall GPA and the science based prerequisites. Academic majors vary widely, e.g.: Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Fine Arts, etc. Our program is a mix of students who have just completed their undergraduate degrees and those who are beginning a second career.
What is the cost/length of the ND program?
Visit Tuition and Financial Aid for full costs. The program is a minimum of four years at full-time status. Students must complete the program in seven years. Students will be in clinic during a portion of the summer and winter break at the conclusion of year two.
Why does the program run on a semester schedule?
Naturopathic Medical college curricula have become increasingly intense over the years. The 18-week semester allows greater retention of the material, which will become very important to the student when it comes time to take Board Examinations. Students use the free time in the summer to work and save money, vacation with family and friends, study for boards, or participate in research projects.
How much hands-on experience treating patients do ND students gain?
For at least the final two years of their medical program, students intern in clinical settings under the close supervision of licensed professionals.
Can anyone with an ND degree practice naturopathic medicine anywhere, or do they have to obtain licensure in their own state or province?
Graduates from naturopathic medical schools are eligible to practice in any province or state in which they meet the licensing or state requirements set forth by that province or state. In the states and provinces where naturopathic medicine is licensed, ND graduates are required to pass rigorous professional board exams in order to be licensed as primary care general practice physicians. Only graduates from CNME accredited naturopathic medical schools are eligible to sit for the professional board exams in licensed states and provinces.
What is the accreditation system for naturopathic medical programs and schools?
The U.S. Department of Education grants accreditation for naturopathic medical colleges and universities. The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) grants accreditation for naturopathic medicine programs within academic institutions.