Ontario Biomedical Exam

The Ontario Biomedical Exam is the one of three exams in Ontario that are used to assess an individual’s knowledge, skills and judgement to determine whether they can become registered in the province. 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 following exceptions:

  • Due to COVID-19, the College will continue to accept proof of successful completion of NPLEX I until May 15, 2021, provided the NPLEX I was completed prior to November 15, 2020.
  • Applicants for registration who have successfully completed the PLAR Program will have completed this exam as part of that program. A second pass is not required.
  • Applicants for registration under the Canada Free Trade Agreement are not required to complete this examination.

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 presents a mix of case-based and 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
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

IMPORTANT: Due to COVID-19, the March 9, 2021 session of the exam will be conducted via an online proctoring platform. Candidates wishing to sit this session are required to review and sign a candidate Agreement acknowledging their understanding of the rules and requirements of the online exam before the registration deadline, as outlined in the Online Ontario Biomedical Exam Guide.

Registration for the March 9, 2021 session of the Ontario Biomedical Exam is now open.

Please note: The College is in the process of launching a new database. To facilitate this launch, online exam registration has been disabled for this exam session. To apply for registration for the March 9, 2021 Ontario Biomedical Exam, please download, complete and return the Ontario Biomedical Exam Registration form and the On-Line Biomedical Examination Agreement. Upon receipt of your complete registration form, the exam registration fee will be invoiced to your College user account and you will receive instructions via e-mail to pay the associated fee. Registration is NOT complete until your registration form, Agreement and fee have been received.

Completed forms may be emailed to the Examinations Department at exams@collegeofnaturopaths.on.ca or faxed to the attention of the Examinations Department at 416-583-6011. A confirmation e-mail will be sent once your completed exam registration form has been received and processed. Please refrain from sending multiple copies of your exam registration documents as this slows down the process.

Registration closes as of January 28, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST. Please note that exam registration forms will be processed on first-come-first-served basis in the order of receipt. Incomplete forms will cause delays in processing and you may lose your spot if the capacity has been met while corrections are being made.

To maintain registration for this session of the Ontario Biomedical exam, all exam candidates are also required to book an exam time with Yardstick Assessment Strategies, the College’s partnered test administration company, between 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 to 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Yardstick will e-mail candidates directly by Tuesday, February 9, 2021 with detailed booking instructions.

Information about testable content is available in the Ontario Biomedical Exam Study Reference Guide.

Additional procedural information about the exam is available in the Ontario Clinical Sciences and Ontario Biomedical Exams Handbook.