Enriching Cohort Model and Small Class Sizes

We offer a cohort model of education with class sizes of approximately 20-30 students. This type of learning model uses the power of interpersonal relationships (student to student and student to instructor) to enhance the learning process and provide additional support to cohort members as they move together toward program completion.

Emphasis on the Roots of Naturopathic Medicine

The true power and value of naturopathic medicine lies in its simplicity and that, plus its effectiveness, is why Boucher is committed to the roots of our medicine. Our naturopathic approach to health combines hundreds of years of individually applied treatment with modern evidence-informed practice. The roots of our medicine call for a truly holistic approach to health, because only this can support the body’s natural healing ability.  The simple tenets of our medicine allow the power of nature to express itself fully, allowing healing of body, mind, and spirit.

Strong Board Exam Results

Our academic philosophy, demonstrated through our careful curriculum design, incorporates principles of research-based learning theory, conventional academic wisdom and creativity within a mentorship-like context. How do we know our unique academic philosophy works? Our students consistently perform above the average of other CNME-accredited and candidate schools on the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exams (NPLEX).

NPLEX Results

The following table shows the pass rates for Boucher students and graduates on the Naturopathic Physician Licensing Exams:

February 2017 Average of all ND Schools Boucher Institute
Biomedical Sciences 77% 100%
Core Clinical Sciences 84% 100%
August 2016
Biomedical Sciences 75% 91%
Core Clinical Sciences 83% 82%
February 2016
Biomedical Sciences 73% 100%
Core Clinical Sciences 68% 100%
August 2015
Biomedical Sciences 80% 100%
Core Clinical Sciences 82% 83%
February 2015
Biomedical Sciences 75% 100%
Core Clinical Sciences 88% 100%
August 2014
Biomedical Sciences 74% 87%
Core Clinical Sciences 83% 88%
August 2013
Biomedical Sciences 77% 94%
Core Clinical Sciences 86% 100%
August 2012
Biomedical Sciences 83% 94%
Core Clinical Sciences 83% 85%
August 2011
Biomedical Sciences 79% 97%
Core Clinical Sciences 89% 87%
August 2010
Biomedical Sciences 81% 88%
Core Clinical Sciences 84% 84%
August 2009
Biomedical Sciences 78% 88%
Core Clinical Sciences 87% 92%


Broad Scope of Modalities and Practice

Our students are trained in a full range of naturopathic modalities which ensures our graduates are competent to practice to the fullest scope.  Integrated in the curriculum, our modalities include botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, Traditional Asian Medicine/acupuncture, homeopathy, lifestyle counselling and physical medicine. British Columbia boasts the broadest scope of practice in Canada for naturopathic doctors and has a population that widely accepts naturopathic medicine. British Columbia recently revised legislation governing the practice of naturopathic medicine to include minor surgery, prescription rights, and additional diagnostic procedures, which gives our practitioners the most comprehensive scope of practice in Canada.

Super, Natural British Columbia

The Boucher Institute is located in New Westminster, British Columbia, the geographic centre of Metropolitan Vancouver. New Westminster is famed as Western Canada’s oldest city and is a tight-knit, friendly, growing community recognized for its historic charm, heritage sites, parks, annual festivals, and close proximity to downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver is a world-class city and has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s “most liveable cities”.

Mentorship Model of Education

Boucher recognizes the importance of strong mentorship for students during their transition from learner to doctor. Mentors serve as role models, guides, teachers and coaches to support our students in reaching their learning potential, encouraging them to excel and grow. Through mentorship from faculty, physicians, senior students, counsellors and administrators, students gain insight into new skills and knowledge through example and support.

Boucher also offers a mentorship program for new graduates called Leading Innovation in the Naturopathic Community (LINC). LINC mentorship assists students in effectively transitioning from full-time studies into professional practice. This mentorship program is a reciprocal relationship designed to benefit both the mentee and the mentor, applying a structured communication plan with mentee tasks to support the mentor’s clinical practice. LINC is comprised of exemplary naturopathic physicians who embody the spirit of naturopathic medicine, and who desire to support the continuous growth and development of Boucher students and naturopathic medicine in British Columbia.