The Naturopaths at the Harmony Health Centre have undergone fully accredited programs and are licensed through one of the Canadian regulated jurisdictions. Naturopaths are licensed in several Canadian provinces as well as many American states. In order to become a Naturopath in a licensed jurisdiction, one must undergo a minimum of three years of pre-medical studies at university, followed by a four year full-time study in an accredited naturopathic school.
This program encompasses over 4,500 hours of training in the basic medical sciences, naturopathic principles and therapeutics and includes 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience. The program leads to licensure as a “Naturopath” (ND) after passing the North American Naturopathic Physician Licensing Examinations (NPLEX).
It is important to distinguish licensed Naturopaths from those who have completed no more than a short-term course, especially in unlicensed provinces such as Quebec, where Naturopathy is not yet regulated.
Ongoing continuing education and immersion in various healing modalities after graduation is also necessary in order to remain on top of new advances and research in the field.
The four-year program includes courses in Medical Sciences such as; Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology, Histology, Laboratory Diagnosis, Differential Diagnosis, Physical and Clinical Diagnosis, Pharmacology, Radiology, Minor Surgery, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
As well as Naturopathic Therapies such as: Homeopathy, Clinical Nutrition, Botanical Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Counseling and lifestyle counseling, Hydrotherapy, Massage Therapy, and Naturopathic Manipulation.
The above describes the full Naturopathic training but note that certain practices cannot be performed by a Naturopath in Quebec as it is an unregulated province.