Nutrition Therapy Institute is now enrolling students in our groundbreaking Oncology Nutrition Program for the prevention and management of cancer! Join us NOW!
Fall courses will begin September 5, 2017!
Oncology Nutrition Therapy Program
Mission and Philosophy
Approximately 85% of all cancer cases are caused by diet and lifestyle. Food is fundamental. It can both contribute to the development of cancer and also help to prevent and manage the cancer process. The Nutrition Therapy Institute created the Oncology Nutrition Programs to provide the proper education around what foods contribute to cancer and which help to avert it. This program illuminates how these foods impact health through referencing hundreds of published studies and empowers students to guide clients into making optimal changes. We’re all about clinical outcomes, so we offer a program that complements standard medical treatments, provides preventive approaches, and supports longevity and vitality long after the initial diagnosis. And all of this within four, 10-week intensive courses, an Internship, and a final exam.
Nutrition is an effective adjuvant therapy that can enhance the effectiveness of standard treatments including chemotherapy while also helping mitigate side effects and improve quality of life. Using Oncology Nutrition as an integrated and holistic approach to cancer, significantly improves clinical outcomes. At NTI, we believe that all cancer patients should have access to safe, evidence-based, metabolic-focused Nutrition Therapy approaches to help improve their care. Food is powerful medicine, and our job is to train students on the best practices in the emerging field of Oncology Nutrition.
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NTI’s Oncology Nutrition Programs provide rigorous training based on the most up to date and comprehensive research in the field of Oncology Nutrition. Students will gain extensive knowledge of nutrition related to the different types of cancer, food-based preventative approaches, therapeutic diet design, mechanisms of anticancer foods, supplements and interactions, laboratory assessments, conventional treatment approaches, and the management of side effects. Oncology Nutrition is a therapeutic approach to managing and preventing cancer through the use of a specifically designed diet, lifestyle, and supplement protocol that is created, monitored, and adapted based on the changing requirements of the client. Our nutrition philosophy is centered on bio-individuality, with emphasis on whole foods that are genetically appropriate, anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, non-toxic, and low glycemic. The program is 500 hours and is approved by the State of Colorado. It consists of four, ten-week courses and a 100-hour internship. Graduates of the full program will receive a diploma as a Certified Oncology Nutrition Practitioner (CONP).
This program is designed for current or aspiring nutrition professionals looking to specialize in oncology and for other practitioners who want to add the value of oncology-focused nutrition therapy to their established practices, including:
The program is 100% on-line, allowing students from across the globe to enroll. It is formatted to be highly interactive, encouraging communication, collaboration, and networking within the student body. Graduates will have work opportunities in hospitals and other clinical settings, establish successful private practices, and pursue opportunities within the writing, research, supplement, and other nutrition-related fields.
There are start dates throughout the year. In the first course, students learn the various causes of cancer (including epigenetics and blood sugar balance) and the preventative nutrition therapy approaches. Course 2 focuses on therapeutic phytonutrients, food groups and supplements for cancer, therapeutic diet design, client intake, and functional lab assessments. Course 3 covers the different types of cancer, their associated treatments and specific nutrition considerations. Course 4, nutrition considerations for chemotherapy, radiation and surgery will be covered in depth, in addition to providing support materials for death and dying.
The program was reviewed and approved by NTI's Founding Oncology Nutrition Advisory Board, comprised of some of the nation's leading Naturopathic Oncology Physicians, and MD's specializing in the field. These include: Jorg Dietrich, MMSc, MD, PhD; Nasha Winters, ND, LAc, FABNO, DIPLOM; Kirsten West, ND, LAc; Jeanne Wallace, PhD, CNC; Jess Kelley, MNT.
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3 Tracks & Admission Requirements
There are 3 possible ways to engage with this program depending upon your professional goals:
Track 1:Oncology Nutrition Advocate (ONA) - Participants in this track have very little or no background in nutrition or the biological sciences. These individuals must take a basic 10-week prerequisite class that will prepare them to be successful in the Oncology Nutrition Program. They will graduate with the designation: “Oncology Nutrition Advocate.” They are not eligible to participate in the internship or certification exam. This program is ideal for those wanting to fully understand prevention, or support a loved one who is facing a cancer diagnosis.
Track 2:Oncology Nutrition Specialist (ONS) - Participants in this track have very little or no background in nutrition or the biological sciences. These individuals choose to take NTI’s 4-course prerequisite series in Anatomy & Physiology for the Nutritionist, Biochemical Foundations of Nutrition, Nutrients: the Building Blocks, and Digestion and Detoxification. They are required to take the internship. They graduate with the designation “Oncology Nutrition Specialist.” This program is ideal for medical professionals who want to add a comprehensive understanding of oncology nutrition science to what they are already doing in their practice or for those who want to provide oncology nutrition therapy in private practice.
Track 3:Certified Oncology Nutrition Practitioner (CONP) - This is the highest level certification offered by NTI and in this emerging field. Participants have completed a comprehensive program in nutrition science and will have a minimum of 500 hours of practice in nutrition science. They are required to take the internship and to successfully pass the certification exam. They graduate with the designation “Certified Oncology Nutrition Practitioner.” This program is ideal for medical professionals or nutritionists who want the highest standard in the field. Graduates are positioned for work in hospital settings, medical clinics, or private practice.
In order to be successful in the more comprehensive programs (ONS, CONP), students are required to have a passing grade in the four prerequisite courses listed below OR be a graduate of a similar nutrition program. Nurses, ND's, Chiropractors, MD's, and other healthcare professionals may not need to complete prerequisite courses through NTI. For non-healthcare professionals or those who do not hold an education from another nutrition program, prerequisite courses are offered by NTI and must be completed prior to acceptance.
If you are a graduate of another educational program, you will need to provide your transcripts. Acceptance will be determined on an individual basis by the Director.
Causes of Cancer and Preventative Nutrition Approaches
Oncology Nutrition Therapy
Types of Cancer, Conventional Treatments, and Nutrition Therapy Protocols
Role of Nutrition in Conventional Cancer Treatments
Pre-requisites are not included in the above fees or tuition. These pre-requisite courses may be waived depending on previous education. Requests will be approved by the Director. The pre-requisite courses required for this program include: