The Prescribing Standard of Practice, Course & Exam
The General Regulation outlines the requirements that must be successfully completed for a Registrant to meet the Standard of Practice for Prescribing. To help NDs work towards these requirements, we launched the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics online course in March 2014.
This course teaches the key skills needed by NDs to develop, implement and monitor evidence-based therapeutic plans. It is a requirement for any naturopath who wishes to prescribe, dispense, compound, sell or administer by injection or inhalation the drugs listed in the General Regulation.
Building on the pharmacology knowledge gained in the accredited naturopathic training, this course helps to ensure Registrants are:
- prepared to excel as therapeutic prescribers; and,
- able to prescribe and use any number of natural substances that are restricted under federal legislation and within the context of other pharmaceuticals that their patients may have been prescribed by other regulated health practitioners.
Read Questions and Answers related to the Standard of Practice requirements for prescribing.
Thinking about taking the exam? Read what NDs have to say about it and their tips on how to succeed.
Prescribing and Therapeutics course
The Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics course, the approved requisite course for sitting the Ontario Prescribing & Therapeutics exam, is offered by the Therapeutics Education Collaboration (TEC). Course instructors Dr. James McCormack and Dr. Adil Virani are professors in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia and offer the online course via the TEC website.
Audio-only version of the course content is also available in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
This course is now open to 4th year CNME-accredited program students.
Click here to enroll in the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics online course.
Prescribing & Therapeutics examination
Registrants who have completed the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics course are eligible to register for the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics exam. Information regarding course enrolment and date of course completion will be verified at the time of exam registration.
After successfully completing the exam, Registrants will be considered to have met the Prescribing Standard of Practice and will have the authority to access and use the drugs listed in the tables in the General Regulation made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007.
Naturopaths registered in another province and 4th year CNME-accredited program students who wish to take the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics exam are eligible to do so if they a) have met the College’s eligibility requirements as noted in the Prescribing and Therapeutics Handbook and b) have submitted the Exam Pre-Registration Form for Non-Registrants. The exam is held in Toronto. Registration for each session is handled on a first come, first served basis.
Upcoming exam dates
The April 25, 2021 session of the Prescribing & Therapeutics Examination has been cancelled due to a 28-day province-wide ‘emergency break’, which remains in effect until April 30, 2021. Please see the April 25, 2021 Ontario Prescribing & Therapeutics Exam Cancellation Announcement for additional information.
For information about exam fees, upcoming 2021 sessions, or for specific timetable and exam transcript release dates, please see our Examination Schedule & Fees page.
If this is your first time applying for a registration examination under the College, please note that you must first submit an Application for Pre-Registration form along with valid photo I.D.