You may be eligible for advanced standing and receive course credit based on your previous medical experience. Please review our Advanced Standing Policy below and if you would like additional information please contact our international admissions advisor Rene at firstname.lastname@example.org
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ADVANCED STANDING APPLICANTS
Students who have completed graduate training in a first professional degree program may apply for advanced standing into the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program.
Degree and Prerequisite Requirements
The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine accepts applicants from all duly licensed or accredited post secondary institutions in Canada or abroad. To be eligible for admission all advanced standing applicants must satisfy the degree and minimum credit requirements, all prerequisite requirements, and all additional criteria for admission.
Medical Graduates who are applying to the program must have graduated from a medical school recognized by the Medical Council of Canada.
In order to be considered for advanced standing, applicants must successfully complete the United States Medical Licensing Examination – Level 1 (USMLE-I). Successful completion of the USMLE I also satisfies the prerequisite requirements for admission, with the exception of English and Humanities prerequisites.
Applicants who have passed USMLE-I within 3 years of submitting a complete application to the Boucher Institute will receive advanced standing credit for the following courses: Biomedicine II-VI, Anatomy I-III, Neuroanatomy, Microbiology I-III, Medical Procedures, Clinical Diagnosis I – III (with the exception of all Milestone Exams), Emergency Medicine, Ethics, Research I & II, and Dermatology.
Chiropractors who have passed CCEB or NBCE within the two year limitation
Applicants who have passed the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board exam (CCEB) or the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) exam within two years of submitting a complete application to the Boucher Institute will be given automatic credit for all of the Boucher science prerequisites and will receive automatic advanced standing credit for the following courses: Biomedicine, Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Microbiology, Clinical Diagnosis I-III, Physical Medicine, Naturopathic Manipulation and Practice Management. On a case-by-case basis Chiropractors may receive advanced standing for Soft Tissue Mobilization, and courses in Nutrition, Naturopathic Counseling and Research.
Chiropractors who have passed CCEB or NBCE outside of the two year limitation
Applicants who have passed either the CCEB or the NBCE but outside of the two year limitation will be considered for advanced standing credits on a case-by-case basis if they have current and valid chiropractic licensure and have been in continuous practice, involved in medical research and/or teaching in a medical school. The Admissions Committee expects courses to be completed no more than seven (7) years prior to an application for admission for advanced standing consideration.
Applicants who have passed either the CCEB or the NBCE but outside of the two year requirement will be given automatic credit for all of the Boucher science prerequisites; however, they will not receive automatic advanced standing in the Biomedicine courses. In order to achieve advanced standing in the Biomedicine courses, 60% or above must be achieved on the current final examination for each Boucher Biomedicine course. If a 60% is not achieved the applicant will have to successfully complete the relevant Biomedicine course(s).
Chiropractors who have not passed CCEB or NBCE
Applicants who have not passed CCEB or NBCE will be considered for advanced standing credits on a case-by-case basis.
Other first professional and graduate degree holders
Applicants with other first professional, graduate or doctorate degrees, or students who have started but not completed their first professional training will be determined for advanced standing credit on a case-by-case and course-by-course basis. The Admissions Committee expects courses to be completed no more than seven (7) years prior to an application for admission for advanced standing consideration. 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.
Advanced Standing Maximum and Clinic Credits
No more than two years advanced standing will be granted for all applicants and there is no waiver of clinic credits, clinic practicum hours, preceptorship hours, or clinic competencies.
All advanced standing students must complete the Boucher Institute Introduction to Clinic course prior to starting any clinic rotations.
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