General Questions

What is the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta

The College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA) is the governing and regulatory body for the naturopathic profession in Alberta. We govern naturopathic doctors in order to support and protect the public's interest and ensure that our members deliver safe, ethical and competent naturopathic care to Albertans.

What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct health care profession that emphasizes disease prevention, treatment of the underlying cause of disease, and the promotion of optimal health

First, do no harmPrimum non nocere
Provide the most effective health care with the least risk.

Self-healing power of natureVis medicatrix naturae
Recognize, respect and promote the body's inherent power to heal itself

Treat the causesTolle causum
Strive to diagnose and remove the causes of illness rather than eliminate or suppress symptoms

Doctor as teacher Docere
Educate patients, inspire rational hope and encourage self-responsibility for health.

Treat the whole personTolle totum
Take into account all the influences on health for each person they treat.

Health promotion, the best preventionPraevenire
Promote health as a way to prevent disease for individuals, communities and our world.

What requirements are necessary to practice as a registered naturopathic doctor in Alberta?

In order to practice as a naturopathic doctor in Alberta, one must have graduated from an approved naturopathic medical program, successfully passed the standardized North American licensing exams and the provincial jurisprudence examination. Additionally, one must have been granted a practice permit from the CNDA Registrar.

What is a competence program?

Patients have the right to assume that a health care provider`s practice permit ensures current professional competence. Health care colleagues want assurance that those with whom they practice are current and competent. For these reasons, the Health Professions Act requires Council to develop and implement a continuing competence program to ensure that their members fulfill their professional responsibility of maintaining competence.