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 Accreditation is recognition granted to educational institutions, or to specialized and professional programs offered by educational institutions, signifying attainment of a certain specified level of quality and integrity in its operations. This recognition entitles programs and institutions to the confidence of the general public, the educational community, governmental agencies and other agencies and organizations. 

Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, Handbook of Accreditation, 2007 Edition


CNME Accredited

The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). As a professional accrediting agency, the CNME ensures the highest quality of naturopathic medical education is delivered through participating naturopathic medical programs.

Accreditation enables Boucher Institute students to sit the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX), offered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). Passage of the NPLEX is required for licensure in most regulated jurisdictions, including British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and those states in the U.S. that regulate the practice of naturopathic medicine.

  •  Visit for more information on the licensing process and visit www. for more information on accreditation or contact: CNME, PO Box 178, Great Barrington, MA 01230; (413) 528-8877.

PCTIA Accredited

The Boucher Institute is additionally accredited in accordance with the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) of British Columbia. Boucher Institute students are thereby eligible to apply to provincial and federal Student Assistance Programs.

AANMC Member

The Boucher Institute is also a member of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC), an organization created to propel and foster the naturopathic medical profession by actively supporting the academic efforts of accredited schools of naturopathic medicine.

Province of BC Education Quality Assurance (EQA) – The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine is EQA designated.   British Columbia public and private post-secondary institutions that have met or exceed provincial government recognized quality assurance standards are eligible for EQA status.

Laws Governing the Practice of Naturopathic Medicine

Currently the following Provinces and States have laws governing the practice of naturopathic medicine:

  •  Alberta
  •  British Columbia
  •  Manitoba
  •  Nova Scotia
  •  Ontario
  •  Saskatchewan
  •  Alaska
  •  Arizona
  •  California
  •  Connecticut
  •  District of Columbia
  •  Florida
  •  Hawaii
  •  Idaho
  •  Kansas
  •  Maine
  •  Massachussetts
  •  Minnesota
  •  Montana
  •  New Hampshire
  •  North Dakota
  •  Oregon
  •  Utah
  •  Vermont
  •  Washington
  •  Puerto Rico
  •  Virgin Islands

 Each jurisdiction has its own specific requirements and it is the responsibility of each prospective student to contact the jurisdiction
in which s/he hopes to practice to determine and attain licensing requirements.

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