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How to Apply

Girl-BooksThank you for considering the Boucher Institute’s Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program.  There are two application options:

If you are applying only to the Boucher Institute select Option A under Step 1: Application

If you are applying to the Boucher Institute plus another NDCAS school select Option B under Step 1: Application

For further assistance do not hesitate to contact Boucher Admissions at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 604-777-9981




Step 1: Application

Option A

If you are only applying to the Boucher Institute follow these steps:

  1. Download Application Form 
  2. 2017 Application Form

    Essential Abilities and Skills of Naturopathic Medical Students

  3. Complete the application for admission form and submit together with:
    • Essay:the essay should be double-spaced and no more than 4 pages. Include your full name and a title of the essay. Please address these specific areas in your essay:
      • - Why do you want to become a naturopathic doctor?
      • - What is the role of naturopathic medicine/naturopathic doctors in the healthcare system?
      • - How do you see the naturopathic profession evolving?
      • - Discuss any life experiences that have helped to prepare you for the rigorous academic demands and individual challenges associated with this program of study.
    • Transfer applicant essay questions:transfer applicants from other CNME schools must respond to the following essay questions. The essay should be double-spaced and no more than 4 pages. Include your full name and a title of the essay. Please address these specific areas in your essay:
      • - Why do you want to become a naturopathic doctor?
      • - Why are you applying as a transfer student?
      • - What challenges do you anticipate facing as a transfer student?
      • - Why should the Admissions Committee consider you as a transfer student (e.g. what are your strengths)?
    • Resume: a current resume with details relevant to becoming a student of naturopathic medicine. Include examples (if applicable) of volunteerism; travel experience; work experience; awards and recognition; continuing education completed; club and association membership; sports and hobbies; relevant workshop and seminars you have attended; research involvement; examples of sustainable living/health and environmental awareness etc.
    • Application Fee: submit a non-refundable application fee of $115 CDN with your application form (see application form for details)
  4. Arrange for the following to be submitted directly to Boucher Admissions
  5. Boucher Admissions
    435 Columbia St, Suite 110,
    New Westminster, BC, Canada
    V3L 5N8

    • Reference letters: Designate three referees to submit a reference letter directly to Boucher Admissions. Ideally, you should submit one academic reference, one reference from a regulated health-care professional, and one reference from either of the above categories or a past employer/volunteer supervisor.  However, if you are unable to provide a suitable reference from any of the above categories you may substitute that category with an additional reference from one of the other categories. You must have known the referee for a minimum of one year (two years or more is strongly recommended). The referee should be prepared to evaluate you based on problem solving skills; self discipline; maturity; ability to handle stressful situations; compassion and empathy; initiative; ethical standards; time management skills; business management skills.
    • Post-Secondary Transcripts: official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions you have attended must be sent directly from the issuing institution to Boucher Admissions.
    • Note: In addition to submission of all post-secondary transcripts transfer applicants must also submit an official letter from their current institution indicating eligibility for NPLEX I.

      Note: Students who attended an institution outside of Canada or the US must submit a report from an accepted evaluation service to determine how it converts into the North American system. Essentially, such services evaluate formal for-credit educational programs of study for people who have studied in other countries and determine comparable levels in Canadian terms (see application form for further details).  Boucher Admissions recommends WES or ICES as evaluation services.

    • English Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English requirements for admission into the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Program by presenting official and original evidence of proficiency. (see ESL Students – Proficiency Requirements, below for details)
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Option B

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Centralized Application Service (NDCAS)

NDCAS is a service of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC). The service allows applicants to use a single web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple naturopathic medical schools and colleges. NDCAS will not determine whether an applicant has met the naturopathic school or college requirements or is eligible for admission; this decision will be made by each school or college.

NDCAS is hosted by Liaison International located in Boston, Massachusetts. CAS™ systems have rapidly become the solution of choice for health professions associations. The primary goal is to streamline the application process for prospective students applying to multiple ND schools, thereby reducing both time and cost.

The Application Process

Through NDCAS, applicants submit a single application and select their schools of choice. Applicants only have to submit one set of transcripts, essays and reference letters. The application may be completed all at once or over multiple sittings, and the single application fee is payable via e-commerce transaction. Applicants may then monitor the progress and status of their application online, and can acquire assistance through the helpline during business hours.

Complete an application for admission and submit all supporting documentation through the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Centralized Application Service (NDCAS).

The steps outlined below are for applying to Boucher Institute programs through NDCAS. The CV/resume format is specific to Boucher Institute expectations, so be sure to follow the instructions carefully.

A complete application through NDCAS for the four year programs consists of the following:

  1. Online Application: complete the online application which includes:
    • Applicant information
    • Educational information
    • Additional information (awards and experiences)
    • Personal Essay: electronically submit a personal essay responding to several essay questions
  2. Resume: upload a current CV/resume into NDCAS with details relevant to becoming a student of naturopathic medicine. Include examples of volunteerism; travel experience; work experience; awards and recognition; continuing education completed; club and association membership; sports and hobbies; relevant workshop and seminars you have attended; research involvement; examples of sustainable living/health and environmental awareness etc.

  3. Letters of Reference: your three (3) designated referees must submit reference letters directly to NDCAS. Ideally, you should submit one academic reference, one reference from a regulated health-care professional, and one reference from either of the above categories or a past employer/volunteer supervisor.  However, if you are unable to provide a suitable reference from any of the above categories you may substitute that category with an additional reference from one of the other categories. You must have known the referee for a minimum of one year (two years or more is strongly recommended). The referee should be prepared to evaluate you based on problem solving skills; self discipline; maturity; ability to handle stressful situations; compassion and empathy; initiative; ethical standards; time management skills; business management skills.

  4. Post-Secondary Transcripts: official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions you have attended must be sent directly from the issuing institution to NDCAS for evaluation. Students attending institutions not in Canada or the US must submit a report from an accepted evaluation service to determine how it converts into the North American system. Essentially, such services evaluate formal for-credit educational programs of study for people who have studied in other countries and determine comparable levels in Canadian terms.

  5. Certification: provide NDCAS permission to release selected information regarding your NDCAS application and admission status to the Admissions Committee(s) of the designated school(s) to which you are applying.

  6. Program Designation: using NDCAS, select the school(s) and program(s) you wish to apply to.

  7. Application Fee: expect a non-refundable application fee of $115 US (paid through NDCAS) if you only apply to the Boucher Institute. An additional $40 US must be submitted for each additional designated school.

NDCAS will forward your application and copies of all documents to the admissions department when the entire process, as outlined above, is completed.

Step 2: Interviews

Your application will be reviewed and considered by the Admissions Committee.

The Boucher Institute Admissions Committee will review all applications received and assess applicants for interview consideration.

Please note: not all applicants are offered an interview, and not all applicants who are interviewed are offered a seat in the program. You will be notified of a decision either by phone or email.

The Interview Process

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by phone or email to schedule the interview. If you are not chosen for an interview you will also be notified. Applicants will be provided with all upcoming available interview dates and may select any interview date that is available - interviews are typically conducted on Thursdays. We strongly encourage an in-person interview, but interviews by Skype are also acceptable on a limited basis only.

Each applicant must electronically submit the following to the Boucher Institute Admissions Committee at least one week prior to the interview:

Study Plan: applicants who have outstanding academic requirements at the time of application must submit a study plan, which outlines their plans to complete prerequisite courses. Please include course name, number, institution, start date, end date and brief course description/overview as well as link to the official course website.

Important: All of the specified prerequisite courses must be successfully completed prior to matriculation into the program. We must receive official transcripts for all prerequisites and proof of degree completion in order for you to matriculate.

Student Budget Worksheet: Prospective students are required to complete and submit at their interview the budget worksheet to help show preparedness for the financial obligations of a four-year program.  This document is not going to be used to evaluate candidates. The submission of this document demonstrates the candidate has thought about the financial commitment required for a 4 year program.

Download: Student Budget Work Sheet

Step 3: Candidate Selection and Registration

Once the application and interview processes are complete, the Admissions Committee will meet to review the applications of all interviewed applicants and make recommendations to the president. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we regret that not all qualified applicants are offered a seat in the programs. All interviewed candidates will be informed of the decision by phone and/or email.

If you are offered a seat and wish to reserve it, you must return a signed enrolment form by the date specified on your offer of acceptance letter, together with payment of the registration fee ($100 CDN) and confirmation of tuition enrolment deposit.

Outstanding documentation required prior to matriculation will be noted on the back of your offer of acceptance letter and it is your responsibility to complete all outstanding prerequisites and meet all admissions requirements by the stated deadline(s).

Please note: applicants who have been offered a seat must provide a clear criminal record check prior to matriculation. Please download the Policy and Procedure for Criminal Record Background Check for details.

Download: Policy and Procedure for Criminal Record Background Check

All applicants must adhere to the Communicable Diseases Policy prior to matriculation into the program.

Students must also submit a valid and current Standard First Aid HCP-CPR certificate prior to entry into the clinical component of the program.

Information for International Students

For credentials earned outside of Canada and the US, a "comprehensive evaluation" must be completed from an approved evaluation service.

Students who attended an institution outside of Canada or the US must submit a report from an accepted evaluation service to determine how it converts into the North American system. Essentially, such services evaluate formal for-credit educational programs of study for people who have studied in other countries and determine comparable levels in Canadian terms (see application form for further details).  Boucher Admissions recommends WES or ICES as evaluation services. 

International applicants must prove that they are legally permitted to study in Canada and must hold a valid and current passport and study permit throughout the duration of the program. International applicants must also prove that they are able to finance both their education and living expenses during their studies, as according to current Citizenship and Immigration Canada rules, work is not permitted while studying at the Boucher Institute.

 Please note: the Boucher Institute makes no representation that any state or country outside of Canada will accept our diploma. Students are responsible for ensuring their own licensure through the jurisdiction in which they wish to practice naturopathic medicine.

ESL Students - Proficiency Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English requirements for admission into the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program by presenting official and original evidence of proficiency as below.

Minimum requirements for admission:

At the discretion of the Admissions Committee candidates who have completed Bachelor’s degree (all degree credits) at an institution where the official language of instruction is English AND completed grades 8 through 12 (inclusive) and received a high school diploma at a secondary school where the official language of instruction is English may meet the minimum language requirement, provided there are no concerns regarding language ability during the admissions interview.  Candidates wishing to meet the English language requirement as outlined above must submit an official transcript from all applicable institutions.  For programs completed outside of Canada or the United States an official transcript from the issuing institution must be received in addition to a "comprehensive evaluation" of that transcript from either ICES or WES prior to the first day of the Boucher program.

If a candidate is determined to not meet the aforementioned requirements they will be required to satisfy the English language requirement by one of the following:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Boucher only accepts the Internet Based Test (IBT):

Internet Based Test (IBT): minimum score of 95 overall with a minimum of 23 in each testing section.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Minimum score of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each testing section.

TOEFL  and IELTS scores over three years old at the time of application will not be accepted.

Students with Special Needs

The Boucher Institute may accept special needs students whose disabilities or impairments are considered to be of such a nature that they will not prevent the safe and effective practice of naturopathic medicine.

It is the sole responsibility of any special needs student attending the Boucher Institute to provide for all specialized equipment and any additional services they may require to complete their training. This includes arranging for and taking financial responsibility for any equipment or services required to manage every aspect of the program curriculum and clinical practicum.

Special needs students are expected to complete every component of the program to the same performance standard that is applied to all other students.

While all instructional areas of the school are wheelchair accessible, the Boucher Institute does not have the resources to provide additional services, equipment or privileges to special needs students or their attendants at this time.

Transfer Applicants from ND Programs at Other CNME-Schools

Students who have successfully completed the basic sciences at a CNME – accredited or candidate for accreditation college and are eligible to write the NPLEX Part 1, may apply to transfer into the Boucher Institute provided there is space available.  Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Admissions Committee for transfer eligibility into an earlier point of the program in cases where it can be determined that the content, sequencing and credit hours of required coursework will allow her/him to enter the BINM program with minimal accommodations.

Transfer applicants must be in good standing in the program/institution from which they are transferring and must be applying to transfer into the Boucher Institute within three years of terminating studies at their current/previous institution. Transfer students are only accepted into year three of the four-year program.

Transfer applicants must:

  • Apply for admission into the program and follow all steps as outlined above in Step 1: Application AND
  • Submit an official letter from their current institution indicating eligibility for NPLEX I
  • If offered a seat, the student must apply for transfer credits on a course by course basis

 Please note: Transfer applicants must apply directly to the Boucher Institute (Option A).

Transfer applicants who are recommended by the Admissions Committee may be offered a seat in the program if there are seats available. If there are more transfer applicants than available seats, the Admissions Committee will award the seat to that candidate deemed most qualified. Upon acceptance, the applicant must meet with the Dean of Academics and/or the Dean of Clinical Studies to determine if the courses taken meet the Boucher Institute criteria for transfer credits and/or clinic competencies. A fee is required for the transfer credit evaluation process. A comprehensive examination covering course content may be required.

 Please note: our basic sciences are offered simultaneously as an integrative course, and are not taught separately as at other CNME-accredited institutions. The biomedicine course within the biomedical sciences program integrates the following courses in its content and is taught over the first two years of study.

The course includes contributions from:

  • physiology
  • biochemistry
  • pathology
  • histology
  • embryology
  • neuroanatomy
  • pharmacology
  • laboratory diagnosis

 Please note: transfer students must submit a valid and current Standard First Aid HCP-CPR certificate prior to entry into the clinical component of the program.

 Also, upon acceptance into the naturopathic medical program at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, each accepted transfer student must submit to a criminal record background check as outlined in the Criminal Records Review Act of British Columbia by completing, signing and submitting the Criminal Record Check form.  The whole process takes approximately two weeks and the current cost is $20.

To learn more about the transferability of courses and the course load for transfer students at Boucher click here.

Advanced Standing Applicants

Advanced standing is available to applicants other than transfer applicants depending on the availability of seats.

Depending on seat availability, students who have completed graduate training in a first professional degree doctoral program (such as chiropractic, dentistry, medicine) or other relevant degrees are welcome to apply for advanced standing. Credit for courses is assessed on a course by course basis. All applicants who seek advanced standing must first complete the application procedure detailed in Step 1: Application, and be accepted into the program.

If there are more advanced standing applicants than available seats, the Admissions Committee will award the seat to that candidate deemed most qualified according the Application Procedure. Each applicant will be analyzed on a case by case basis, and may be required to pass a comprehensive examination covering course content. No more than two years advanced standing is granted and there is no waiver of clinic credits, clinic practicum hours, or clinic competencies.

Only post baccalaureate (master and doctoral level) university courses taken from recognized post-secondary institutions in Canada, regionally-accredited institutions in the US and reports from approved evaluation services of foreign university post baccalaureate (master and doctoral) level courses, demonstrating North American equivalency, may be considered for advanced standing credit.

Advanced Standing applicants must have minimum of one (1) of the following:

  •  A valid MD, DO or DC degree and demonstrate that you have passed the USMLE Step I, NBCE or COMLEX Part I Examinations less than ten years prior to enrolment at the Boucher Institute;
  •  A current medical license and demonstrate that they have been in continuous medical practice, medical research, enrolled in medical school or teaching in a medical school in the time between passing the USMLE Step I, COMLEX or NBCE Part I Examinations and applying for admission with the Boucher Institute;
  •  An academic record in good standing with another CNME-approved college at the time of application;
  •  Other clinical practitioners with first professional doctoral degrees may be considered for advanced standing at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Advanced Standing Pre-application Evaluation

Prospective advanced standing applicants who wish to pre-determine advanced standing eligibility and obtain an estimate of their individual program length and course load may submit a copy of all relevant post-secondary transcripts and medical licence(s) (if applicable) together with a non-refundable $300 Advanced Standing Credits Assessment Fee directly to the Admissions Department for evaluation.  The Dean of Academics and Dean of Clinical Studies will review submitted transcripts and licenses and schedule either an in-person meeting, or a phone conversation with the prospective applicant (if necessary) to determine eligibility.  A copy of the advanced standing review will be retained on file for up to two years.  If the prospective applicant applies and is offered a seat the Advanced Standing Credits Assessment Fee will not be charged again if the applicant has paid the fee as outlined above within two years of applying. 

 Please note: the applicant’s transcripts and application documents will be reviewed again prior to registration by the Deans of Academics and Clinical Studies and the initial evaluation may be subject to change based on information that was not originally available to them. To ensure an accurate pre-assessment, the information provided for review should be complete and accurate, including official transcripts and any supportive documentation regarding the content , level, and/or nature of coursework being considered for transfer of credit.

Prior Credit Recognition

Students accepted into the program may apply for prior credit recognition if, within the past 10 years, they have completed an equivalent course(s) at a post baccalaureate (master or doctoral) level from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, a regionally-accredited institution in the US ,or submit a report from an approved evaluation service of foreign university graduate level or post-graduate level courses that demonstrates North American equivalence. In addition to equivalency, relevant factors such as ongoing work in a related field and/or the nature of the course in question may affect the granting of credit.

Download: Prior Recognition Information and Application Form

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