- In what order do my application documents have to arrive?
There is no particular order when your documents have to arrive to Boucher. You may request your references and transcripts even before submitting the application; we create a file as soon as we receive at least one piece of the application.
- Where can I fulfill the science requirements?
We do not offer academic preparatory courses. Prerequisites may be fulfilled at a number of post-secondary institutions, either in class or online and it is up to you to explore which would be the best fit. The institution must be a recognized post-secondary institution or the equivalent for entry into the program. Credentials earned outside of Canada and the US require a “comprehensive evaluation” from an accepted service.
Important: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the pre-requisite courses taken satisfy Boucher Institute requirements. It is important to check with the university directly to understand grading policies, particularly the time it takes to submit final grades and process transcripts, to ensure that Boucher Institute deadlines and requirements are satisfied. Some institutions may take as long as six weeks to submit final grades and additional time to process transcripts.
- Why is biochemistry an admissions requirement?
Biochemistry remains a stumbling block for many students, even after they have already been taught it as a prerequisite. Without some comfort and enough familiarity, it often remains an unapproachable foreign language. It is necessary to know biochemistry to develop insight into how our metabolic processes interact with pharmaceuticals, botanicals and nutrients. When it comes to understanding metabolism, you are speaking a language using symbols that represent invisible functions within the cell. These symbols have to carry some representative value to the student in order to be usable as a visual tool for the mind to see cellular processes. This is where the aspect of, not only familiarity, but also a reasonable facility with the concepts and knowledge related to chemistry and biochemistry is what the study of medicine requires. Some people pick it up more quickly than others, so for some, the amount of general chemistry we require may be easily adequate, but for others it is still only marginal to ensure their ability to complete our program successfully.
- I have the required prerequisites, but I took the courses more than 7 years ago. What are my options?
The Admissions Committee strongly recommends retaking the courses to ensure your knowledge and abilities are current. Based on the discretion of the Admissions Committee you may be able to satisfy the requirements if you are teaching or working in a profession related to the sciences, are a practicing nurse, chiropractor etc…Additionally, if you are able to find a recognized university which allows students to challenge exams and are able to pass the exam with a score above 60% or ‘C’, then your requirements may be satisfied.
Please note that older science courses may be accepted if they were a prerequisite for a more advanced and recent course. E.g. General chemistry was taken 10 years ago, but it was a prerequisite for organic chemistry which was completed 4 years ago.
- I have an honours degree in genetics, would this allow exemptions from your courses?
Only courses at a graduate or post-graduate university level that show equivalent course content to our courses are eligible to be considered for prior credit recognition. No undergraduate courses can exempt a student from study.
- What is the course load like as a transfer student into year 3 of the program?
The curriculum at the seven CNME accredited institutions varies in content, sequencing, and total credit hours which will affect the course load for transfer students to the Boucher Institute.
In many cases a transfer student will have to complete some courses that their cohort may have completed in years 1 and 2, which may result in a heavier course load in Year 3. If a transfer student feels the course load is too heavy, the Boucher Institute strongly recommends they contact the Dean of Academics and/or Dean of Clinical Studies to discuss the options for better balancing the load.
BINM will attempt to schedule a transfer student so they can graduate with the cohort they have transferred into, however, if the transfer student elects to reduce their course load it may delay the date of graduation. Transfer students from the CCNM typically have a course load and schedule that is mostly equivalent to the full-time course load of the cohort. Please note: if applying from an institute without TAM/acupuncture, the transfer student’s graduation will quite likely be delayed by several terms as they cannot begin secondary clinic shifts until TAM I-III is complete.
Transfer students will have up to 100 hours of Professional Development to complete in their final two years .
- Will I be interviewed once my application is complete?
Interviews are scheduled at the recommendation of the Admissions Committee. An interview is not automatic. Not everyone who applies or meets our stated minimum requirements will be contacted for an interview.
- How are interviews conducted?
It is our policy to conduct all personal interviews on site and in person. However, some candidates may be given permission under special circumstances to have a Skype interview. It is, however, in the applicant’s best interest to interview in person, as the vast majority of applicants will interview in this manner.
- How are successful candidates selected?
The Admissions Committee reviews each application in full. Admissions decisions for our seats are based on a composite of information, including but not limited to the interview, personal essay, letters of recommendation, academic standing, educational preparedness and relevant professional and volunteer activities.
Each application is considered in relation to other applications for the upcoming intake. The Committee’s mandate is to create a balanced cohort for the first year class. Because of our limited class size, not every qualified candidate can be admitted.
- If I am offered a seat, what happens next?
Applicants who are offered seats in the program will be notified by phone or email. An official acceptance letter will be sent by mail, together with two copies of the enrollment contract. Successful applicants must sign and return the Boucher Institute file copy of the contract, together with the registration fee and tuition deposit in order to reserve a seat in the program. The 10% tuition deposit will be credited toward the total annual tuition. Details of the payment plan and refund policy can be found on the back of the contract.
- If I’m not offered a seat do I still have a chance?
You may reapply for future intakes if you are not offered a seat after your interview. Some candidates will receive an official letter indicating that they have been placed on the wait list. Each year there are some accepted candidates who are unable to enroll in the program for various reasons. When that occurs a seat becomes available for a candidate on the wait list.
- If I’m not accepted, will I be told why?
The Admissions Committee does not disclose any of the reasons for their decisions. Each application is reviewed in full, and selecting applicants for our limited seats is a complex process based on a composite of information. Each application is considered in relation to other applications for the upcoming year. Not every candidate whose credentials meet our stated minimum standards can be admitted.
- How can I improve my application next year?
Each applicant is responsible for reviewing the criteria for admission on our website, especially the section on admissions criteria and requirements. Applicants are encouraged to reapply if they have made some efforts to enhance their application, either through experience or training. It is wise to check with the admissions office to ensure that your proposed courses are relevant and acceptable.
- If I reapply do I have to send an entirely new application?
Yes, all applicants who did not meet the admissions requirements, were not offered a seat, offered a seat and declined or offered a seat and cancelled must submit an entirely new application with all of the necessary fees. It is also the applicant’s responsibility to check our website for any changes to the admissions process or requirements. The Admissions Committee does not defer candidates to a future intake.
- What is the weekly schedule for students?
The weekly schedule is the same for students who start in fall or winter. For the first two years of the program students have approximately 30 hours of class each week, Monday to Friday. Classes are offered in three hour blocks for a total of six hours per day. Currently classes are from 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm.
In year 3 of the program students have approximately 21 hours of class per week (typically 3.5 days). Students begin to work with patients in the onsite naturopathic medical clinic as secondary clinic interns. Students typically have clinic schedules of between 8 and 12 hours per week.
In year 4, students have two days (12 hours) per week of academic classes and approximately 20 hours of clinical shifts as primary student clinicians.
- How many hours of homework can I expect per week?
The amount of homework can vary depending on a variety of factors, but students can expect an average of 30 hours per week or more.
- Do you offer student housing?
There is no student residence at the Boucher Institute. The campus is located at the Columbia skytrain station and students are recommended to live anywhere within easy access of the skytrain. Several months before matriculation the Admissions Department sends out a New Student Guide to incoming students with a Housing Guide and details on transportation and information on various communities.
- Will the Boucher Institute diploma enable me to work in any jurisdiction?
We make 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 ultimately practice Naturopathic Medicine.