Many of our students work full-time. Your ability to work while you are in school depends on you. Generally, students can expect to dedicate 10-15 hours outside of the classroom or online lecture per course per week for reading, assignments, and exams. Take this into consideration when deciding whether to take our program as a full-time student (two courses at once) or a part-time student (one course at a time). Keep in mind our program is comprehensive and rigorous and we expect you to be able to keep up with the weekly work.
The Nutrition Therapist Master Certification Program will take 18 months to complete as a full-time student taking two courses per term. Part-time students taking one course per term can complete the program in 3 years.
A Nutrition Therapist Master (NTM) is a nutrition practitioner who has completed the comprehensive training offered by NTI and has achieved mastery of the knowledge necessary to make lasting impact on those they counsel.
We prioritize nutrient density and biochemical individuality. We teach our students to know which foods are highly reliable sources of the essential nutrients and how those nutrients interact within the human biochemical environment. Layered on top is the recognition that certain foods may be more or less beneficial for each individual based on their unique biochemistry. The result is an ability to make adjustments in food recommendations that match a person’s particular needs and goals.
We recognize the nutritional benefits provided by all different types of foods and our curriculum encompasses a variety of views on which diet plan to follow based on one’s wellness ambitions.
We believe that learning multiple viewpoints from a scientific standpoint will allow our students to be critical thinkers and form their own opinions. Our hope is that by focusing on a strong science foundation, students will graduate with the necessary tools to understand the application of many different philosophies.
With the certification from NTI, you are equipped to practice nutrition counseling with confidence and expertise. Our unique coaching centered business course prepares you for entrepreneurship or employment. Many of our graduates open their own thriving practices, partner with M.D’s, Chiropractors, N.D’s, N.P’s, other wellness professionals, or work for an organization who aligns with their ideals.
Yes! NTI is a proud member and recommend school of the NANP (National Association of Nutrition Professionals). Upon graduation from our Nutrition Therapist Master Certification program you would be eligible to sit for the NANP board exam and become Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (BCHN). Learn more about the NANP and the board exams by visiting their site: www.nanp.org.
NTI is a proud member of the Council of Holistic Health Educators, a membership-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy organization made up of holistic health schools and organizations, practitioners, and supporters. They work to protect the practice of holistic health by defeating harmful legislation, and lobby to pass laws that protect and grow our diverse profession’s ability to practice and employment opportunities. They educate policymakers, build grassroots support, and train holistic health practitioners to become involved in the policy process and win. Your $35 advocacy fee paid at registration not only helps NTI maintain our membership, but also allows you to access the resources provided by the Council both as a student and after you graduate. Learn more by visiting their site: http://www.holisticcouncil.com
Generally, the curriculum in a nutrition or dietetics program aligns itself with government standards and recommendations. Here at NTI, we take an inclusive holistic approach delving into spiritual, physical, and emotional connections to food, focusing on naturopathic and holistic principles. If you are having trouble deciding if you would like to be an R.D. or Nutrition Therapist Master, we encourage you to take look at the curriculum and course descriptions in each program and see which courses resonate with your passion and goals.
NTI is not considered a "Title 4" school, and, thus, there is no eligibility for federal financial aid. We are approved & regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education as a private vocational college, and there is some financial support available for retraining people that are looking to transition careers.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Start the funding search as early as possible. The process can take months.
- Be assertive! Go after what you want.
- Be confident. You have the ability to apply for any and every scholarship and grant that you are eligible for and deserve to give yourself the chance.
- Think outside of the box! The resources listed here are certainly not exhaustive. Think about what makes you unique, where you come from, what you’re passionate about, and what you have experienced. There may be a scholarship or grant for that!
- Do you belong to any large company, organization, religious organization, or union that gives awards to its members? Are you a minority group, woman, person with illness/disability, or do you have a unique family situation? There may be assistance available!
- This list is just a place to start and is definitely not exhaustive! Keep an open mind and investigate your options.
GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS
Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/
This program is administered on the county level, so you need to go into your local county's workforce center to apply.
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) https://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/
This provides benefits to workers who lose their jobs, or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports, or whose jobs were exported offshore ("trade-affected workers"). The TAA benefits include a variety of reemployment services designed to help trade-affected workers prepare for and obtain suitable employment. Workers may be eligible for training, a job search allowance, a relocation allowance, health coverage tax credit, re-employment trade adjustment assistance ("wage insurance"), and other reemployment services.
Return to College Scholarship Program: http://www.return2college.com/awardprogram.cfm
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents who are starting a program of higher education (college or graduate school) within the next 12 months or are currently full- or part-time students. Applicants must be age 17 years or older. There is no maximum age limit.
Sallie Mae® $1,000 Plan for CollegeSM Sweepstakes: https://www.salliemae.com/student-loans/sweepstakes/college-answer-rules/
Sallie Mae’s $1,000 Plan for College Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are of the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they reside and who are students, parents, guidance counselors, or financial aid officers at the time of entry.
Do Something Awards: https://www.dosomething.org/us
Take action with DoSomething.org to make social change! By signing up for one of our featured campaigns, you'll not only be doing good, but you could even win a scholarship -- which means money to pay for school.
Freedom of Speech PSA Contest: http://www.nabef.org/freedomofspeechpsa/default.asp
What does freedom of speech mean to you? We want to hear and see what you have to say. You just might win a $2,500 scholarship!
Second Chance Scholarship: https://www.afsascholarship.org/secondchance/
The American Fire Sprinkler Association, (AFSA) is a non-profit, international association representing merit shop fire sprinkler contractors, dedicated to the educational advancement of its members and promotion of the use of automatic fire sprinkler systems.
AFSA was organized in 1981 to provide the merit shop fire sprinkler contractor with training, consulting, communication, representation and many more services, all of which have expanded over its existence. Membership is open to contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, designers and Authorities Having Jurisdiction.
FOR MEMBERSHIP ONLY
The following organizations/companies may have funding available for members/associates for continuing education.
Avon Members https://scholarsapply.org/avonreps/
Catholic United Financial Aid College Tuition https://www.catholicunitedfinancial.org/scholarships
Circle K Members http://www.circlek.org/news/14-03-25/Scholarship_available.aspx
Clara Abbot Foundation Scholarship https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/distance-learning-scholarships/the-clara-abbott-foundation-scholarship/
Demolay Member (men only) https://demolay.org/scholarships/
Duke Energy Members https://www.duke-energy.com/community/education/duke-energy-scholars.asp
Golden Key Members https://www.goldenkey.org/scholarships-awards/overview/
Grange Insurance Association Policy Holder https://www.grange.com/Insurance-Basics/Insurance-Blog/Post/623/Apply-for-Grange-Insurance-Association-s-2016-Scholarships
Lutheran Laywomen Members http://www.womenoftheelca.org/opportunity-scholarships-for-lutheran-laywomen--pages-103.php
Military Members or Family Members https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/military-scholarships/
Pepsico Associates https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/pepsico/instructions.php
Union Plus Members https://www.unionplus.org/college-education-financing/union-plus-scholarship
United Methodist Church Member http://scholarship.umc.org/
WalMart Associates http://giving.walmart.com/associate-scholarships
FOR WOMEN ONLY
Dr. Wynetta A. Frazier Sister to Sister Scholarship: http://www.nhbwinc.com/scholarship.html
Awarded to mature African American women (at least twenty-five years of age and older) who are in pursuit of post-secondary education, whose education was interrupted by family responsibilities or other personal demands. The eligibility requirements are outlined in the current annual application. One (1) One Thousand Dollar ($1,000) Award will be presented annually, as outlined in the scholarship application.
PEO International: http://www.peointernational.org/peo-projects-and-philanthropies
This is a philanthropic organization offering loans or grants to qualified women who desire higher education and are in need of financial assistance. They can be reached at 515-255-3153 or www.peointernational.org
Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women: http://www.soroptimist.org/awards/live-your-dream-awards.html
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.
Women's Independence Scholarship Program (WISP): http://www.wispinc.org/Scholarship/tabid/56/Default.aspx
Education is a powerful tool which breaks down barriers and opens doors of opportunity. The objective of the Women's Independence Scholarship Program is to help survivors of intimate partner abuse obtain an education that will in turn offer them the chance to secure employment, personal independence and self-sufficiency. Support is available for full or part-time students interested in attending accredited programs at educational institutions listed below, in order of preference:
- State supported community colleges
- State supported colleges or universities
- Technical/vocational schools
- Private colleges or universities
- For Profit schools
Requests for assistance are accepted on an ongoing basis.