How many applications do you receive each year? How many students are admitted?
UBCNM receives traditionally receives 100-120 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. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered for admission on an individual basis with special attention given to recent performance in science based prerequisite courses. Academic majors vary widely, e.g.: Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Fine Arts, etc. Many are second career students who are coming back to school after many years.
What is the cost/length of the ND program?
Visit Tuition and Financial Aid for full costs. The program is eight semesters in length which takes four academic years to complete. The program is offered full time only and classes do not meet in the summer.
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 may 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 listed above 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.