Navigating the Board Exam: Personal Insights

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Welcome back to the NTI PodTalk Board Exam series! In Part Three, we hear from NTI graduate, Valerie Federwitz. Valerie took the exam last year and provides some great personal insights and advice on how to navigate the NANP board exam for those who are also thinking about getting Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. Valerie and Dianne discuss navigating the board exam, study tools, advice for those considering taking the exam, and more! 

About Valerie Federwitz

Valerie Federwitz was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI and earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Concordia University – Wisconsin.  From 2003-2020 she and her husband David lived in Northern Ghana where they served as missionaries with Lutheran Bible Translators.  During this time they also raised their 4 children, who are now ages 15-20.

Having to cook 100% of their food from scratch resulted in several evolutions of her understanding of food and nutrition, which ultimately led to her utilizing therapeutic dietary strategies to help alleviate the chronic pain and symptoms one of their young children was experiencing.  After witnessing with her own eyes the power of nutrition to transform health, she was compelled to pursue a science-based education so she could more effectively help others experience the same health transformations.

Valerie graduated from NTI in June 2022 and became Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® in April 2023.  She and her family now live in Concordia, MO where she continues to serve the missionaries and staff of Lutheran Bible Translators in her role as Nutrition & Wellness Consultant. 

Valerie and Dianne discuss navigating the NANP board exam and Valerie’s personal insights

  • 01:52 – Valerie’s background
  • 05:50 – Why Valerie decided to take the board exam
  • 08:00 – What the application process was like for Valerie
  • 09:00 – How Valerie got all her contact hours
  • 10:05 – The study tools Valerie used
  • 14:45 – What taking the exam was like for Valerie 
  • 20:30 – Advice for students planning to take the exam
  • 23:55 – What Valerie is doing now


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Parts One, Two, Four, and Five of the NANP Board Exam Series:

Becoming Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® – with the NANP

Navigating Board Exam Preparation with Selina Rai

From Stress to Success: My Board Exam Story with Aimee Smith

The Board Exam: Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned with Sheri Johanson

Read the blog that summarizes all the board exam PodTalks!

Becoming Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition

Come to Nutrition Therapy Institute, and get Board-Certified in Holistic Nutrition®!

Nutrition Therapy Institute is considered an Anchor school of the NANP, which is their highest stamp of approval! Graduating from NTI and passing the board exam is the highest level of professional recognition and validation of your knowledge and experience in the holistic nutrition industry. Contact an admissions counselor at ad********@nt*******.com to start your journey to wellness today!

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