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Nutritional Therapy Program

This course is offered online through IIEI. Please see our upcoming courses listing to see the currently available classes.

The Nutritional Therapy Program is approved by the National Association of Nutritional Professionals. Students who successfully complete the Nutritional Therapy program will meet the educational standards required for application to sit for the board exam in holistic nutrition.

The course series is taught over four terms and includes the following topics:

  • Assessment Techniques
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Biochemical and pathophysiology of foods
  • Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine/herbology
  • Business practice and ethics
  • Nutritional research and resources
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Buying, cooking, and storing food
Fall module

October - Nutritional Assessment
November - Food Therapy in Holistic Healing
December - Life Cycles
Winter module

January - Pathophysiology of Metabolism and Immune System
February - Ayurveda Food Therapy and Herbal Studies
March - Food Therapy in Health & Disease
Spring module

April - Pathophysiology of Structure and Nerves
May - Traditional Chinese Medicine Food and Herbal Studies
June - Nutritional Fundamentals

Summer module

July - Business Practice, Ethics and Counseling

August - Nutritional Research and Resources

September - Nutritional Supplementation

Nutritional Therapy Term Course Plan

Required in some form for NANP: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY FOR THE NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST BIOCHEMICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR THE NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST Offered through IIEI
CORE CLASSES Fall term Winter term Spring term Summer term ASSESSMENT Health assessment Diet analysis Nutritional Body Typing Lab tests Text: Clinical Nutrition, 2nd Ed. by Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., et al PATHOLOGY OF METABOLISM AND IMMUNE SYSTEM Nutritional Support Herbal Support Symptoms of insufficiency, excess and impaired metabolism - Digestive, Immune, Cardiovascular Text: Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised 2nd Edition by M. Murray & J. Pizzorno PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF STRUCTURE AND NERVES Nutritional Support Herbal Support Symptoms of insufficiency, excess and impaired metabolism - Musculoskeletal, Nervous, Lymphatic, Integumentary Environmental Influences on Health & Disease Text: Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised 2nd Edition by M. Murray & J. Pizzorno BUSINESS PRACTICE/ETHICS NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING PRACTICES Text: 5. Basic Nutrition Counseling Skill Development by K. Bauer & C. Sokolik FOOD THERAPY IN HOLISTIC HEALING Comparative dietary systems Diet planning Current popular diets Whole foods diet Ethnic influences Text: Staying Healthy with Nutrition, 1st Ed. by Elson Haas, M.D.
AYURVEDA FOOD THERAPY AND HERBAL STUDIES Ayurveda Health Concepts Ayurveda Culinary and Food Therapy Ayurveda Herbalism for the Nutritional Therapist TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM) FOOD THERAPY AND HERBAL STUDIES Chinese Health Concepts Chinese Culinary and Food Therapy Chinese Herbalism for the Nutritional Therapist NUTRITIONAL RESEARCH AND RESOURCES
PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST
NUTRICEUTICALS INTRAVENOUS NUTRIENTS Text: The Craft of Research, 2nd Ed. by Booth, Colomb & Williams LIFE CYCLES Age and gender Sports Nutrition Weight management Text: Clinical Nutrition, 2nd Ed. by Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., et al FOOD THERAPY IN HEALTH & DISEASE Buying/Storing Food Whole foods cooking and menu planning Text: The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia by Rebecca Wood NUTRITION FUNDAMENTALS Macronutrients Micronutrients Bioenergetics (Breakdown and utilization of foods) Nutrition, physical activity and their relationship to chronic disease Text: Clinical Nutrition, 2nd Ed. by Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., et al NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTATION Indications Contraindications and interactions with drugs, herbs and foods Text: Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised 2nd Edition by M. Murray & J. Pizzorno




Course Descriptions

BIOCHEMICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR THE NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST Offered as scheduled

 Introduction to basic biochemistry  Physiology of the cell  Metabolism, cellular respiration and energy production  Hydration  Acid/alkaline balance  Fluid and electrolyte balance  Enzyme nutrition  Basic phytochemistry  Food chemistry od fats and lipids
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY FOR THE NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST Offered as scheduled
 Special emphasis on physiological function and nutrient interrelationships  Body systems: cardiovascular, immune and respiratory, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory, endocrine  Specific nutrients and how they relate to health  Vocabulary, terminology, definitions
ASSESSMENT Health assessment Diet analysis Nutritional assessment Body Typing Lab tests
 Client assessment forms and case study  Body typing for client assessment (various schemes, blood type, metabolic, endocrine based, other body type systems)  Student's personal body type into individual nutritional program  Laboratory testing  Dietary questionnaires  Interview and intake skills
FOOD THERAPY Comparative dietary systems Diet planning Current popular diets Whole foods diet Ethnic influences
 Diet analysis  Client assessment in food therapy context  Proactive food choices for health conditions and meal presentations  Therapeutic actions, properties of foods  Laboratory and in-office assessment tools for food therapy  Dietary schemes for pathologies (stress, cardiovascular disease, blood sugar disorders, cancer, allergies, digestive disorders, other)  Food, politics, environment, ecology  Current popular diets  Student diet diary and personal diet assessment  Nutrient composition of foods and specific needs  American food production system  Case studies
FOOD THERAPY Buying/ /Storing Food Whole foods cooking theory/Menu planning
 Food shopping and procurement strategies  Whole foods cooking preparation, training, techniques  Menu planning and recipes
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTATION Indications Contraindications and interactions with drugs, herbs and foods
 Diet plans and specific nutrients to strengthen the body's ability to heal in specific illness  Nutritional supplement protocols for health conditions  Contraindications and interactions
NUTRITIONAL RESEARCH AND RESOURCES

PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST

 Basics of nutrition research  Contemporary issues in research  Client assessment resources  Database resources  Basic pharmacology for the nutritional therapist
 Drug and nutrient interactions  Nutrient pharmacology and nutriceuticals  IV nutrients  Case Studies
LIFE CYCLES Age and gender Sports Nutrition Weight management
 Nutritional therapy in different populations  Women’s and Men’s sexual health  Reproductive health  Obesity, balanced nutrition, long term life style changes  Nutritional protocols in sports performance  Nutrition in optimal performance  Metabolism in weight management  Biochemistry in weight management  Case studies
NUTRITION FUNDAMENTALS Macronutrients Micronutrients Bioenergetics (Breakdown and utilization of foods) Nutrition, physical activity and their relationship to chronic disease
 Comparison of conventional nutrition thought with holistic thought in application of nutrients in health conditions  Chemical nature of essential nutrients  Special functions of nutrients within body  Consequences excess or deficient nutrition  Carbohydrates, proteins, lipids  Water soluble and fat soluble vitamins  Major minerals and trace minerals
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST Symptoms of insufficiency, excess and impaired metabolism - Digestive, Immune, Cardiovascular Nutritional Support Herbal Support
 Integrated nutritional therapy for specific pathologies  Supplements, herbs, medicinal food products, extracts and fractionated products
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST Symptoms of insufficiency, excess and impaired metabolism - Musculoskeletal, Nervous, Lymphatic, Integumentary Nutritional Support Herbal Support Environmental Influences on Health & Disease
 Integrated nutritional therapy for specific pathologies  Supplements, herbs, medicinal food products, extracts and fractionated products  Environmental factors in pathologies
BUSINESS PRACTICE/ETHICS

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING PRACTICES
 Basic business practices  Preparation for employment  Networking  Professional presentation  Marketing materials and media  Marketing strategy  Public speaking  Counseling skills  Practice time management AYURVEDA FOOD THERAPY AND HERBAL STUDIES  Ayurvedic concept of body typing  Ayurvedic assessment methods  Ayurvedic food therapy  Ayurvedic herb therapy  Indian foods, herbs and natural remedies TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM) FOOD THERAPY AND HERBAL STUDIES  Chinese concept of body typing  Chinese assessment methods  Chinese food therapy  Chinese herb therapy  Chinese foods, herbs and natural remedies

Are there any credentials I can apply this toward?

The Nutritional Therapy course is designed to meet the needs of those working toward applying to the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) for the Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® credential. The topics and class hours are designed to be consistent with the educational standards of the NANP. The Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® credential requires clinical experience (internship), so the certified student needs to attend a clinical training program for a period of time before applying for the Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® credential.

The Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® credential is granted upon successful completion of the one-year program, application to the NANP for professional membership, and passing the Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition.

Students receive a Nutritional Therapist Award of Proficiency upon completion of all four course terms, and will have accumulated the academic knowledge required toward applying for the NANP board certification examination. Each academic term is three months in length. We recommend you learn more about the process of becoming Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® at www.nanp.org.

Is it right for you?

This series of classes is for health professionals and individuals with an avid interest in combining science (biochemistry and nutrition) and natural, drug-free medicine. Nutritional Therapy is also a great value added for health-industry small business owners, such as naturopathic physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists. If you would like to learn about a variety of nutritional topics - including the foundations of digestion, blood sugar, mineral and fatty acid balance, hydration, how weaknesses in these foundations lead to degenerative health problems, and how restoring balance improves overall health - these classes are for you!

Are you ready to take the Board Exam?

Students who successfully complete the Nutritional Therapy program will meet the educational standards required to become professional members of the NANP. New graduates may apply to sit for the exam without providing documentation of 500 contact hours. The candidate will be allowed two years from the date of his/her exam in which to provide this documentation. Until such time, the candidate will be able to use the title, "Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition Candidate®".

What are examples of careers I could pursue with this education?

Private practice

  • Personal consultations
  • Team practice/clinic
  • Nutrition coaching

Employment opportunities in business and industry

  • Import & Export
  • Research & Development
  • Procurement
  • Sales Representative
  • Company representative

Writing

  • Books & Magazines
  • Production literature
  • Technical
  • Online, blogging, commercial
  • Sales literature

Manufacturing

  • Small business opportunities

Retailing

  • Natural pharmacy, health food, mail order
  • Owner/operator, Employee
  • Freelance sales
  • Multilevel sales
  • Online retail

Consultant, Freelance, Industry

  • Formulation
  • Sourcing
  • Marketing
  • Production & processing
  • Quality control
  • Research and Development
  • Innovation
  • Trend research

Education

  • Schools
  • Stores
  • Freelance
  • Conferences

Wholesaling

  • Bulk ingredients
  • Distributor of finished products

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