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Boucher Institute Facts

  • Located in the heart of New Westminster, B.C., the Boucher Institute has a distinctly collaborative approach to education with a mission to serve as stewards of the traditional, current and future knowledge and skills of naturopathic medicine and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community.
  • The Boucher Institute is Western Canada's only accredited naturopathic medical college.
  • The Boucher Institute was founded in 2001 by a small group of visionary naturopathic doctors.
  • The Boucher Institute is guided by a bold academic philosophy, an ambitious research agenda and a commitment to hands-on situational learning.
  • The Boucher Institute is governed by the registered non-profit Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine Society.
  • The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine Society has registered charitable status.

Accreditation & Membership

  • The Boucher Institute is accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of BC (pctia.bc.ca) and the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (cnme.org).
  • The Boucher Institute is a member of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, and our students and faculty are members of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the British Columbia Naturopathic Association.

Our Students

  • Our student population is approximately 170.
  • The student to instructor ratio is 3:1 - a ratio that speaks to our commitment to small class sizes.
  • Our students had a 94 per cent passing rate on the 2012 Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exams Biomedical Sciences Examination - compared to an 83 per cent average for all seven naturopathic medical colleges.

Our Alumni

  • Our alumni population is over 200.
  • Graduates are practising in B.C., Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Australia, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Several have returned as instructors and clinic supervisors.

Our Faculty

  • The majority of our 40+ faculty are in private practice while holding additional part-time positions at the Boucher Institute, thus enabling them to bring their extensive academic knowledge and clinical experience to the classroom.

Our Programs

  • The Boucher Institute offers a four year program culminating in a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine designation.
  • The Boucher Institute offers students diplomas in naturopathic medicine. We do not currently offer degrees in naturopathic medicine.
  • Of the 1,500+ clinical hours required to graduate, 1,225 hours are spent in the role of clinic intern or student preceptor. An additional 75 hours is spent in clinic assistant roles, where students learn the operations of our dispensary, fully operational lab and clinic reception. For the remaining 100 hours, students are involved in various aspects of professional development.

The Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic

  • The Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic is our on-campus teaching clinic.
  • The Clinic was voted the Royal City Record’s 2011 Readers Choice favourite in the category of naturopathic medicine.
  • Our clinic interns see around 700 patients per month.
  • Our clinic interns also operate out of three off-site satellite clinics. They include Positive Living B.C., Friends for Life and the Family Naturopathic Clinic.
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