Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
Doctor of Natropathic Medicine
1255 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario M2K 1E2 Canada
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The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) is Canada's premier institute for education and research in naturopathic medicine. CCNM offers a rigorous four-year, full-time doctor of naturopathic medicine program.|
CCNM is also home to the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, a dynamic naturopathic teaching clinic where senior clinicians and ND supervisors conduct more than 25,000 patient visits per year.
The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), the accrediting agency for naturopathic colleges and programs in Canada and the United States.
Naturopathic doctors are:
highly educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. Naturopathic medicine is:
a distinct system of primary health care that addresses the root causes of illness, and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. It supports your body's own healing ability using an integrated approach to disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention that includes:
- acupuncture/Traditional Chinese medicine
- botanical medicine
- physical medicine (massage, hydrotherapy, etc.)
- clinical nutrition
- homeopathic medicine
- lifestyle counseling
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|Admissions at a Glance|
Students must submit a $150 application fee and apply for the fall semester no later than January 31. Students who wish to apply for the January semester must have their application in by May 31. |
Minimum academic requirements for applicants is a 3 or 4 year undergraduate degree plus specific prerequisites.
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Admission Criteria and Procedures|
The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine evaluates each candidate with regard to academic achievement, motivation, character, community service and life experience. To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree. Prerequisite courses include biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, psychology and humanities. No credit is given for the completion of prerequisites unless a final mark of 60 percent or better is achieved.
It is recommended that applicants complete courses anatomy, environmental science, human physiology, microbiology, physics, sociology and statistics in order to prepare for the college curriculum.
Students who wish to submit an application must complete the application form and non-refundable C$150 application fee. Students must provide official transcripts that should be mailed directly to CCNM's Student Services Department by the institutions attended. International transcripts of academic record must be translated and evaluated by World Education Services (WES) and mailed directly to CCNM.
Applicants are required to provide proof of current course enrolment, if applicable; copy of birth certificate, two letters of reference from an academic (post secondary), professional (previous employer) and/or Naturopathic Doctor (non-relative); and a written personal statement explaining the motivation and desire to become a naturopathic doctor.
The decision whether or not to admit an applicant is based primarily on the applicant's undergraduate grade point average. Additional criteria may include:
- the applicant's academic history
- autobiographical sketch, and interview
Historically, the average cumulative GPA of accepted students has been 3.3 on a four-point scale, encompassing a range of 2.7 to 4.0.
|Expenses and Financial Support|
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine participates in the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFEL) as well as the Stafford loans, available to eligible students who are citizens of the United States.|
Canadian students enrolled in the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program may be eligible for federal and provincial financial assistance. Students must apply in their province of residence and submit a new loan application each year. Students should apply as early as possible. For more information, students can contact their provincial loan office or Student Services.
Students may also be eligible for scholarships and bursaries and should contact Student Services for more information.
|Buildings and Facilities|
CCNM's location in Toronto offers a wealth of entertainment, leisure, and cultural activities for students to enjoy.|
Campus facilities include:
· Student lounge - with satellite TV, games room, meditation room and piano room. Also houses the student newspaper, extracurricular clubs and the Naturopathic Students' Association offices.
· Fitness centre - equipped with change rooms, lockers and saunas. A tennis/basketball court is located behind the building on the northwest corner. A variety of campus and intra-mural sports teams are organized by students each year, based on interest.
· Courtyard and herb garden - a relaxing oasis for reflection and meditation, used as a teaching garden for CCNM students and visitors. Brick barbecues and picnic tables are available for student use.
· Camros Organic Eatery - offering satisfying and wholesome 100% organic meals. Adjacent to the courtyard. Open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the regular academic year, excluding holidays. Operates on a limited basis in summer and reading weeks.
· Bookstore - Body Mind Science Resources sells textbooks, software and medical equipment. Also serves the wider community of complementary health-care professionals, carrying a complete line of clinic supplies. Stocks a range of organic foods and healthy snacks.
· Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic
The Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic (RSNC) is Canada's largest naturopathic teaching clinic. We care for more than 100 patients a day, of all ages and with a wide range of health concerns.
At RSNC, senior clinic interns work under the direct supervision of regulated naturopathic doctors. Naturopathic doctors are highly educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. As the teaching clinic of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), therapies are offered at a reduced rate compared to other naturopathic centres.
· Learning Resources Centre
The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine offers a comprehensive collection of materials covering naturopathic medicine and the basic sciences. The selection includes more than 11,000 books, as well as journals, multimedia resources and databases. The LRC is accessible to CCNM students, faculty and staff, and is open to the public on a self-serve, on-site only basis.
· On-campus Residence
The student residence is conveniently located adjacent to the main campus building and all 200 rooms are for single occupancy only. Furnishings include a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe closet and a personal refrigerator. All rooms are fully carpeted. Each floor has a number of shared lounges complete with colour television and a balcony overlooking the courtyard. A fully equipped kitchen adjoins each lounge. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available on each floor.
The Department of Research and Clinical Epidemiology|
A Culture of Research at CCNM
CCNM's research department is advancing the state of medicine through a better understanding of complementary and alternative medical science.
Research department faculty educate students in their first years in epidemiology, encouraging them to investigate evidence-based medicine throughout their years at the college and to consider a research project of their own. This commitment to evidence-based medicine cultivates research initiatives within the CCNM community, including students and faculty, through teaching, experiential learning and mentorship.
By fostering this culture of research, CCNM has become a leader in naturopathic and complementary medicine worldwide, investigating topics that not only improve naturopathic treatment practices, but also have widespread relevance and international impact.
Results from CCNM research studies help improve treatment options and access to health care, and help to influence policy makers on better international health care policies. This makes CCNM a natural home for The Centre for International Health and Human Rights Studies, the non-profit research organization dedicated to providing evidence to support equal access to health care for all individuals.
CCNM's research department continues to build a research infrastructure through teaching of students and faculty and will offer post-graduate programs in advanced research methodologies. To facilitate continued research partnerships, the department is choosing high-profile issues of interest to both the naturopathic and public health communities.
The research department receives funding from private and government agency grants and through matched contributions, research partnerships and personal and corporate giving programs.
CCNM has collaborated with many major medical research institutions, including McMaster University, University of Oxford, the Hospital for Sick Children, the University of Toronto, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, the Ottawa General Hospital, the Mayo Clinic, and Johns Hopkins University.
The department of research and clinical epidemiology is currently involved in seven clinical trials.
Clinical trial to assess the effect of melatonin on lung cancer recurrence and mortality. This study funded by the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation, and with the provision of melatonin by SISU Inc., is expected to be completed by 2012.
Clinical trial to compare the overall effectiveness of naturopathic based treatments to conventional treatments for impact on the risk for cardiovascular disease in workers at Canada Post. This study funded by Canada Post will be completed by Fall 2009.
Clinical trial to test the efficacy of cinnamon as an aid in diabetes to reduce blood sugar levels. This study funded by New Chapter Industries is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.
Clinical trial to compare the impact of a nutritional supplement in children with ADHD. This study funded by SISU with support from the SickKids Foundation will be completed by Fall 2009.
Clinical trial to assess the safety and effectiveness of a topical natural health product for diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This study is funded by Origin, Inc. and supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
2 clinical trials assessing the effectiveness of homeopathy to treat lactation insufficiency and chronic whiplash residua respectively. Both studies are funded by HomeoNet and will be completed in the Fall of 2009.
CCNM is exploring the best means of integrating naturopathic care with other health care providers or the delivery of health care with two exploratory studies: one examining integration with traditional Aboriginal healers in Aboriginal health care settings funded by the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, and one in an integrative oncology setting funded by the Lotte and John Hecht Foundation.
Where time permits and where funding initiatives dictate, the department is also involved in conducting and publishing secondary research in the form of systematic reviews. Current work in this area includes a systematic review of the top natural treatments for lung cancer (funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research).
Additionally, CCNM has partnered with another Canadian naturopathic institution to collect observational data on patient outcomes at their teaching clinics.
CCNM, along with the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins University is the headquarters for this non-profit research organization, which supports the dignity, respect, and right for all individuals, to have equal access to adequate living conditions, with a focus on health care. This is accomplished through the provision of evidence-based evaluations of public and government interventions, ensuring that all parties be held accountable for adequate health care. For more information on this organization, please visit www.cihhrs.org.