Four-Year Full-Time Program
This is a full-time four-year program - approximately 5,000 hours of class and preceptor time. Our Four-Year program includes approximately 1,400 hours of clinical training and culminates in the professional "Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine" designation.
World Class Faculty
We are committed to attracting and keeping outstanding faculty. Health-sciences and professional development courses are taught by instructors with terminal degrees in their subject area. Naturopathic therapeutic modalities, diagnosis and assessment and clinical science courses are taught by naturopathic physicians or other fully-qualified health-care professionals. Clinical practice and integration courses are taught primarily by licensed, practicing naturopathic physicians.
Innovative Curriculum Design
Our curriculum design reflects our academic philosophy. We incorporate principles of proven conventional academic wisdom with mentorship and hands-on experience to offer students the best possible learning environment. Our commitment to small classes (36 students per cohort) means flexibility and plenty of opportunities for student-instructor interaction.
Principles of Learning
While we offer students the highest standard of education, we also strive to preserve a community that is founded on principles of inclusion, integrity, safety, respect, academic freedom, self-responsibility, innovation and sustainability. In short, we strive to be a community in which each member feels heard, valued and supported on their journey of self-discovery and academic exploration.
An Integrative Curriculum
We emphasize integration throughout the curriculum, impressing a holistic world view, embedding the philosophy of naturopathic medicine throughout the educational experience and reinforcing the application of basic medical sciences to clinical realities. Naturopathic therapeutic modalities are also commonly delivered within a general-practice framework to ensure students recognize the principles of their applications.
Situational and Systems-Based Learning
Situational learning uses simulations, case studies and role playing (among other methodologies) to place students into situations where they face real-life problems. To solve these, students must make decisions - both individually and as a group - and deal with the consequences as they strive toward an ideal answer or outcome.
Clinical and Academic Mentorship
Mentorship is about people learning from each other. It is a process that allows more experienced students and instructors to share their professional knowledge and expertise with those who are less experienced. Faculty and student mentors help our students to reach their learning potential by guiding and encouraging them to excel and grow. Through mentorship, students gain insight into new skills and knowledge through example and support.
Biomedicine: an Integrative Educational Experience
Basic sciences are offered simultaneously as an integrative course, which is unique to the Boucher Institute. The biomedicine course is taught six to nine hours per week over the first two years and encompasses physiology; biochemistry; pathology; histology; embryology; pharmacology and laboratory diagnosis.
As a synthesis of several fields of study, this series of courses promotes an integrative and clinically relevant view of the basic medical sciences.
Biomedicine is designed to present the physiological and biochemical functioning of the human body as the basis to understanding relevant pathology and the application of appropriate lab diagnostic tests and pharmacological interventions. As such, it facilitates the learning process while upholding the holistic stance of naturopathic medicine. The blended basic sciences course is presented following a systems approach, which is complimented and reinforced by the surrounding curriculum.
There are no electives at the Boucher Institute, as the six modalities (botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, nutrition, physical medicine, psychology and counselling and traditional Asian medicine) are taught to ensure graduates are equally strong in all current standard naturopathic modalities. We offer traditional Asian medicine as part of the curriculum, and our students accumulate sufficient classroom and clinical practice hours to be eligible to practice acupuncture upon graduation.
For a complete program synopsis and course descriptions please download and refer to the Academic Calendar.