There are two levels of certification that can be acquired in the Nutrition Therapy Program:
- Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner – certification after successfully completing the foundation courses
- Master Nutrition Therapist – certification after successfully completing the advanced courses
Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner Program
This program consists of the foundation courses. It is a prerequisite to the advanced Master Nutrition Therapy Program. Upon completion of the 335 hours of training, a student is awarded a certificate as a Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner (CNTP).
The goal of the program is to equip students with a foundation of skills and knowledge of holistic nutrition. Whether you are studying for your own personal development or to add this knowledge to your current services as a chiropractor, personal trainer, physical therapist, massage therapist, yoga teacher, or other practitioner, this is an excellent option for you.
The program consists of eight 10-week courses, one 5-session course, an internship and one Intensive Learning Workshop. Courses include:
Anatomy & Physiology for the Nutritionist
Special emphasis is placed on principles of physiological function and nutrient / body system interrelationships.
- Body systems covered: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory, endocrine, cardiovascular, immune and respiratory
- Vocabulary building in anatomy terminology enabling students to communicate with health professionals
Biochemical Foundations of Nutrition
Principles are presented in an understandable and accessible way to enable students to use the information to educate their clients. Emphasis is on application of principles to life situations.
- Introduction to basic chemistry
- Anatomy and physiology of the cell
- Quantum physics and nutrition
- Enzyme nutrition
- Urinary system, fluid and electrolyte balance
- Metabolism, cellular respiration and energy production
Nutrients: The Building Blocks
Content compares Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) information with holistic thought regarding the application of nutrients to a range of health situations.
- Chemical nature of macro and micro nutrients including:
- Carbohydrates, proteins, lipids
- Water soluble and fat soluble vitamins
- Major minerals and trace minerals
- Special functions and benefits of nutrients within body systems
- Results of excess or deficiency of nutrient intake
Nutrition Therapy in Practice
This is the cornerstone of how to practice nutritional therapy. Content includes student diet diary, personal diet assessment, application of nutrient components of foods to specific needs.
- Diet analysis, menu planning and recipes
- Client assessment
- Development of client assessment forms and case study
- Proactive food choices for health conditions
- Popular diet reviews
Digestion and Detoxification
Study includes digestion processes and malfunctions which can lead to compromised nutrient assimilation and resulting toxicity. Colon health, liver detoxification and detox protocols, and digestive disorders are studied in the course.
- Anatomy and physiology of digestive system
- Digestive health
- The gut-brain axis
- Microbiome and dysbiosis
- Endocrine, nervous, immune and digestive systems interaction
- Detoxification physiology
- Toxins and their health implications
- Nutrition and lifestyle protocols for detox
Life Cycles and Healthy Aging
Holistic thought is emphasized on special nutrition requirements for different stages of life including healthy aging protocols.
- Anatomy and physiology of the reproductive systems
- Nutrition requirements of fertility, pregnancy and lactation, childhood, adolescence, seniors
- The aging process: factors and theories on why we age
- Applied healthy aging nutrition
Pathophysiology and Clinical Applications
Content includes pathophysiology of top health conditions along with cutting edge applied nutritional protocols for adjunctive support and recovery; including:
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Methylation impairments
- Cardiovascular disease and inflammation
- Mental health disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
- Allergy and Histamine intolerance
Weight Management and Sports Nutrition
Course begins with principles of metabolism in weight control and progresses into the study of various influences involved in weight management. Classes in sports nutrition focus on performance, recovery and specific dietary protocols.
- Study of contributing factors in weight gain, including:
- The microbiome
- Food addiction and cravings
- Introduction to various sports performance concepts and mechanisms
- Review of strategies for optimum nutrition for sports performance
The Internship is designed to give students the opportunity to experience workplace settings where they can apply their expertise, as well as network for professional opportunities. Students donate 40 hours of time as nutrition consultants to schools, community non-profits, business organizations, etc. Students are responsible to set up their own internship sites. Suggestions for sites are outlined under "Career Opportunities". Students work individually with instructors to complete daily work journals and a summary of learning experiences. The Internship can be completed any time after the completion of the first four courses and must be completed within six months of the Internship start date.
Personal and Professional Skills for the Nutritionist
In this course, students will begin to explore the importance of self-awareness, how this relates to business, and uncover tools that will help with them discover what they want to do upon receiving their CNTP. In addition, this course covers basic coaching skills and tools to help practitioners support clients as they prioritize their wellbeing and make holistic healthy lifestyle changes that last. Lastly, this class introduces business basics that will also help practitioners learn the basics of owning a business.
Intensive Learning Workshop – Personal Relationship with Food
This Intensive Learning Workshop consists of a four-day workshop designed to broaden students' experiential learning and deepen their consciousness in relation to food and nourishment. The first day of the workshop will include a minimum of two speakers who will introduce topics relevant to the weekend learning.
- Intensive Learning Workshop: Personal Relationship with Food - creating changes for the future, including study of foundation meals, recipes and menu planning, body sensing, conscious eating practices
It can be completed in as little as 11 months if you are going full-time taking two courses at once, or in about 22 months if you are taking one course at a time. You can complete this program exclusively in the classroom, exclusively through our online classrooms, or a combination of the two.
Master Nutrition Therapist Program
Completion of the Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner Program is prerequisite. The program consists of a total of 165 hours of training, after which a student is awarded a diploma as a Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT).
This advanced program consists of four 10-week courses, one 5-session course, and an independent study.
Nutritional Endocrinology and Reproductive Health
A deep dive into the endocrine system and targeted nutritional strategies for hormone balance.
- Develop working understanding of the biosynthesis of hormones and mechanism of hormone actions
- Explore endocrine synergism
- Thyroid function, imbalance and nutritional support
- Female endocrine function and nutritional protocols for relevant disorders
- Breast health
- Male endocrine function and nutritional protocols for relevant disorders
- Osteoporosis and bone health
Introduction to Herbology, Supplements and Nutritional Lab Reports
This course provides information on adjunct tools for use in the current nutrition therapy paradigm. Includes:
- An introduction to herbs and their appropriate use in a nutrition practice
- A review of supplements including government regulations, pros and cons of recommending them and explanation of ways to incorporate the selling of supplements in your practice
- A primer on available lab testing and their appropriate application in a nutrition practice
Business Readiness and Coaching Skills
In this course, students will take a deeper dive into coaching skills and building a successful business. Throughout this course, students will learn how to interact with their clients in a powerful way so that clients are able to reach their goals and uncover blocks to achieving optimal health in a holistic manner. In addition, students will focus on and learn to prioritize their own wellbeing with a map and goals on how to do so. Lastly, this class reviews and looks deeper at what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
Research and Communications
This course is specifically tailored to meet the needs of Nutrition Therapists. You will learn how to use information resources that are specific to health-related information (such as PubMed) and how to properly cite sources in health-related articles (using AMA style). You will discuss evidence-based medicine and learn how to evaluate whether a scientific study is of high or low quality. You will touch on legal and ethical issues pertaining to writing health-related content. In addition to being the prerequisite foundation for the Independent Study project, this course also provides skills necessary for creating content for your future nutrition therapy practice. Students will learn:
- Search, manage, and critically evaluate journal articles and research studies
- Write a literature review including:
- Topic selection
- Creating an outline
- Visual presentation of data
The Master Nutrition Therapy Program culminates with Independent Study which offers the student the opportunity for concentrated research in a particular area of interest and the development of an area of specialization to prepare for the workplace. Research and Communications is a prerequisite for Independent Study.
Since this program builds on the foundation program by adding advanced courses, students graduate as MNTs having completed a total of twelve 10-week courses, two 5-session courses, one Intensive Learning Workshops, an independent study and internship.
Full-time students take two courses at once and complete the full program in less than 18 months. Part-time students take one course at a time and complete the full program in three years. The MNT courses are offered in the classroom at our Denver campus and through our online classroom.
At NTI, we take pride in empowering our students to take charge of their health. Many come to us with health challenges, and in the resources, the learning, and the supportive community, they receive what they need to claim the health and vitality they have been seeking.