Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine Says...
|Average UGrad GPA: ||3.40|
|Ugrad GPA Range (25% - 75%): ||2.9 - 4.1|
|Application Deadline: ||03/01|
|Uses AMCAS Application: ||No|
|Transfer Applicants Accepted: ||Yes|
|Deferred Admission: ||No|
|Admissions Process: ||The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine evaluates all applicants in accordance with the constitutional guidelines that protect the rights of individuals. The primary objective of the applicant screening process is to assure that applicants accepted into the program have made an informed commitment to naturopathic medicine as a career and that there is a good match between the applicant's goals and expectations and what the Boucher's unique program has to offer. Applicants must be temperamentally and morally suited to the profession, and must have a reasonable probability of successfully completing the program and becoming licensed to practice in a regulated jurisdiction.
The successful applicant is expected to:
have demonstrated reasonable academic ability in previous educational endeavours;
have reasonable knowledge of and realistic attitudes towards health and healing and towards naturopathic medicine in particular, understand the importance of self-care, demonstrate a reasonable understanding of holistic health care, and be able to discuss the role of the healer in the natural self-healing process;
have some knowledge and personal experience of naturopathic medicine;
recognize the ongoing responsibilities inherent in a life of service to the community as a naturopathic physician;
understand that naturopathic medicine is a rapidly advancing field in which there is a continuing need to update skills and knowledge by keeping current with journals and through continuing education;
have realistic expectations regarding the income potential of naturopathic physicians, be aware of the potential for mental and emotional stress involved in this occupation, and have an understanding of the relationship of naturopathic medicine to other health care professions;
have devoted sufficient time and energy to researching the naturopathic medicine profession and, considering personal goals and expectations, to be confident in this career choice;
have an appreciation of the importance of diversity in society and show evidence of the maturity, emotional stability, and physical ability necessary to engage in the activities required for naturopathic training and practice;
be able to demonstrate an ability for critical thinking and have good communication skills;
be able to discuss professionalism as it applies to the provision of health care;
be able to provide references as to character and ability;
be able to demonstrate adequate financial resources to become a full time student.
Applicants who meet the academic requirements specified below and who have also satisfied the above criteria, as evidenced through their application, essay and interview, are eligible for admission to the Institute at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.|
|MCAT Scores: ||Not Considered|
|Science GPA: ||Important|
|Non Science GPA: ||Important|
|Letters of Recommendation: ||Very important|
|Essay/ personal statement: ||Very important|
|Interview: ||Very important|
|State Residency: ||Not Considered|
|Extracurricular Activities: ||Important|
|Exposure to Medical Profession: ||Very important|
|Admissions Requirements: ||A University bachelor's degree in any field is required from a recognized post-secondary institution or the equivalent for entry into the program. For credentials earned outside of the USA and Canada a "comprehensive evaluation" must be completed from ICES or from WES and sent directly to the Admissions Office prior to the admissions deadline.
Potential students may apply for admission in the final year of study if they will be able to provide an official transcript showing the degree conferred date no later than two weeks prior to matriculation. Credentials obtained at a foreign institution require further evaluation on a course by course basis.
The following specific courses are required prerequisites and must show a minimum final grade of 60% or ‘C’. Prerequisite courses must be taken at a recognized post-secondary institution, either on-site or on-line. Boucher Institute does not require the separate lab courses as a prerequisite. Lab courses may not be used to fulfil the number of required prerequisite credit hours or be included in calculating prerequisite grades.
Biochemistry: half-year (3 credit hours)
Biology: one full-year (6 credit hours). This may be fulfilled either by one year of general biology or by one semester of cell biology plus one semester of an appropriate biology, such as botany, ecology, genetics, microbiology or zoology. Please note: anatomy and physiology courses may not satisfy the biology requirement.
General Chemistry: one full-year (6 credit hours)
English / Humanities: one full-year (6 credit hours). This requirement may be fulfilled by courses such as: academic writing, anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, sociology, women's studies, written communication or similar courses. Coursework must include a significant essay-writing component. Applicants may be required to write a short essay at the time of interview. Second language courses (Spanish, French etc.) and courses taught in a language other than English may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
Organic Chemistry: half-year (3 credit hours)
Psychology: half-year (3 credit hours). This requirement may be filled by courses such as: behavioural, cognitive, developmental, introductory and learning psychology.
Please note: According to both PCTIA bylaws and BINM policy, minimum program admission requirements may not be waived.
A passing mark of 60% or 'C' is the absolute minimum grade required for all prerequisites and for any additional courses (as above) to be considered. It is recommended that an overall cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a four-point scale (i.e. 75%) be attained for the applicant to be competitive for the limited seats available.
However, students with lower cumulative GPAs may also be accepted.
Credit may or may not be given for courses completed more than 10 years prior to application for admission, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Students should be prepared to show that they have kept themselves up-to-date in the sciences.
BINM may at its discretion accept prerequisite preparatory courses from other CNME approved institutions. This option is generally reserved for students who apply as transfer students. It is preferable for first year applicants to complete their prerequisite courses through a recognized university or college.|