Ontario Biomedical Exam

All applicants seeking to be registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, except NDs currently registered and practising in another regulated Canadian jurisdiction, must first complete the College’s Ontario Biomedical Exam. This exam replaced the NPLEX I exam in Ontario, effective November 15, 2020, and must be successfully completed to be eligible to be registered with the College:

Applicants for registration who have successfully completed the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Program will have completed this exam as part of that program. A second pass is not required.

Exam Content and Structure

The Ontario Biomedical Exam is a 150 multiple-choice, 3-hour exam administered electronically via licensed testing centres or through an online proctoring platform. It consists of stand-alone questions testing essential medical knowledge of body systems and their interactions, body functions, dysfunctions and disease states.

Information about testable content is available in the Ontario Biomedical Exam Study Reference Guide. The March 2022 version of the examination blueprint includes the competencies and weighting to be tested in each content area. Additional procedural information about the exam is available in the Ontario Clinical Sciences and Ontario Biomedical Exams Handbook.

Exam Fees and Schedule

The Ontario Biomedical Exam is offered twice each year by the College, typically in March and September. The fees for this examination are $450 plus HST. For more information on the schedule and all fees, please see the Ontario Biomedical Exam Schedule page.

Upcoming Exam

To register for the September 10, 2024, session of the Ontario Biomedical Examination (being administered online), please complete the steps below: 

  1. Log in to your College account (if this is your first entry-to-practise exam with the College, please refer to the First Time Applicants section, below). 
  2. From your College account dashboard, under the ‘Register for an Exam’ header, locate the September 10, 2024, Ontario Biomedical Examination and click on the green ‘+’ icon next to the exam session. 
  3. Pay for the exam online using your credit card via your College account cart. If you prefer to make the payment by cheque or money order, it must be made payable to “The College of Naturopaths of Ontario”.   
  4. Complete and submit the following online forms: (a) Exam Registration Form, (b) Online Biomedical Examination Agreement and (c) Biomedical Examination Candidate Acknowledgement

Exam forms and fee must be received by the exam registration deadline of July 2, 2024 at 5 p.m. ET.  
To maintain registration for this session of the Ontario Biomedical Exam, you must also book an exam time with Meazure Learning, the College’s partnered test administration company, during their booking window (opens 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday, August 20, 2024 and closes 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 27, 2024). Meazure Learning will email candidates directly by Thursday, August 15, 2024, with detailed booking instructions.  
Failure to submit required documents, the exam fee or to book your exam time by the deadlines noted will result in being ineligible to sit the exam session and forfeiture of the exam fee paid. 

H3) First Time Applicants 

If this is your first time registering for an entry-to-practise examination with the College, you must first create a College account and submit the online Application for Pre-Registration form. Details on how to complete both steps are noted in the Ontario Clinical Sciences and Ontario Biomedical Examination Handbook

Access to register for the exam cannot be granted until you have successfully created an account and your Application for Pre-Registration has been processed by exam staff. These steps only need to be completed once.