Become a Nutrition Therapist Master
This 500 hour program provides rigorous, in depth education in the key topics you need to know to be a skilled Nutrition Therapist Master. Our curriculum is science-based, prioritizing the science of nutrients and how they interact in human biochemistry. We feature learning about the human body, bio-individuality, food an nutrient composition, and nutritional factors associated with compromised health, all the while instilling critical thinking skills to help students better integrate the knowledge they are gaining.
What makes NTI different from other nutrition schools? - We teach not only what to do, but why to do it.
You will be methodically guided through the curriculum, beginning with the foundational science courses to develop understanding of body and nutrition specific terminology, and then progressing to learn clinical application concepts and nutritional strategies to support optimal wellness in subsequent advanced courses.
There are many possibilities to consider as a graduate of NTI. You can read about them here.
Graduation and achievement of certification as a Nutrition Therapist Master requires successful completion of all 13 courses in our NTMC program, which includes a combination of core academic courses and skills development courses.
The first 12 courses are each 10 weeks long; the final course, Independent Study, is completed over a 20 week time frame.
NTI is a pay-as-you-go school, meaning students only pay for the course(s) that they are registering for; there are no deposits, down-payments or finance charges. See the full tuition breakdown here.
Core Academic Courses Include:
Anatomy & Physiology for the Nutritionist
Special emphasis is placed on principles of physiological function and nutrient / body system interrelationships.
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.
Nutrients: The Building Blocks
The chemistry and mechanisms of action of each of the macro and micronutrients are covered in this comprehensive course, including carbohydrates, lipids, protein, vitamins and minerals.
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 covered in the course.
Life Cycles and Healthy Aging
Holistic thought is emphasized focusing on the special nutrition requirements for different stages of life starting with preconception and progressing to healthy aging protocols.
Pathophysiology and Clinical Applications
Content includes pathophysiology of common health conditions along with cutting-edge applied nutritional protocols for adjunctive support. Wide ranging topics covered include: stress, blood sugar imbalances, methylation, cardiovascular disease, mental health disorders, and autoimmunity.
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 energy metabolism, performance, recovery and specific dietary protocols for different athletic needs.
Nutritional Endocrinology and Reproductive Health
A deep dive into the endocrine system and targeted nutritional strategies for hormone balance. Content includes thyroid health, hormone balance for both male and female reproductive systems, and the hormonal pathways utilized for 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. It is designed to introduce basic concepts in herbology, use of supplements in clinical practice, and provides a primer on available lab testing and their appropriate application in a nutrition practice.
Research and Communications
In this course students learn how to use and properly cite information resources that are specific to health-related topics. They discuss evidence-based medicine and learn how to evaluate whether a scientific study is of high or low quality. In addition to being the prerequisite foundation for the Independent Study project, this course also provides skills necessary for creating credible content for your future nutrition therapy practice.
Skills Development Courses Include:
Nutrition Therapy in Practice
This course delves into the 'mechanics' of being a Nutrition Therapist Master and provides students with the skills needed to have meaningful interaction with your clients. Here you will create your intake forms, so necessary for getting good information from your client; learn how to perform diet analysis and efficient ways to present nutritional needs to your client; get guidance on how to conduct client meetings so your clients feel supported in achieving their wellness goals.
Business Readiness and Coaching Skills
Here students explore their own self-awareness and motivations that underlie their passion for learning about nutrition and sharing what they know with others. You will be introduced to usable, relevant business tools that can be implemented to build a successful business or be an impactful member of an existing team helping clients meet their optimal wellness goals. An introduction to practice-targeted coaching skills will help enable you to interact with your clients in a powerful, compassionate way that empowers them to make change.
Independent Study (20 weeks)
The Nutrition Therapist Master Certification Program culminates with Independent Study which offers the student the opportunity for concentrated research in a particular area of interest and the development of a niche area of specialization to prepare for the workplace. Here you will work independently and create a final project that stands as the exhibit of your expertise in a specific subject. Different from our other courses, we have allotted 20 weeks for this course to give you ample time to complete your final project masterpiece.
Take Courses Online or In The Classroom:
Online Distance Learning
Our entire program can be taken online as either Group Start or Independent Start. Group Start means you progress through the course as part of a group during the scheduled 10-week academic terms - fall, winter, spring, and summer. Group start students participate in weekly live webinars and discussion boards with their classmates.
Our Group Start online option offers scheduled, regular interaction with the instructor!
For greater flexibility, you can choose Independent Start online, meaning you select your own start date and complete the course within a 10-week time frame anytime of the year. Scheduled exam due dates still apply. Independent start students are not required to participate in weekly webinars or discussion boards.
For those who prefer to learn in person, most of our courses can be taken in the classroom at our physical location in Arvada, CO. Classroom courses run during the scheduled 10-week academic terms - fall, winter, spring, and summer. Classes are held weekly, three hours each week, for 10 weeks.
NTI is one of the only nutrition schools to offer an in-person classroom experience!
We also allow a hybrid approach - take some courses in person and others online. You choose which format to take each time your register for a course. We offer flexibility that enables you to fit going to school into any lifestyle. You can even choose the option to begin with a single course before deciding to enroll in the full NTMC program.
Progressing Through the NTMC program
We offer a variety of flexible ways to partake in our curriculum so students can make choices that align with their learning style and lifestyle, and make going to school an easier fit in their schedule. This means the flow of courses may not be the same for everyone.
All students are required to complete the foundational prerequisite courses - Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Nutrients the Building Blocks, and Nutrition Therapy in Practice (in that order) - before moving on to the rest of their curriculum.
All of our courses are offered every term.
Full-time students take two courses at once each of the 6 terms; during 3 of their terms, they will overlap with an additional skills development course. This method enables completion of the program in 18 months. Students who choose to be part-time students take one course at a time and can complete the program in three years.
Once the four foundational courses are completed, here is an example of what the program progress may look like (each individual student's path may look a little different depending on their unique scheduling needs):
Anatomy & Physiology for the Nutritionist + Biochemical Foundations of Nutrition
Nutrients: The Building Blocks + Nutrition Therapy in Practice
Digestion and Detoxification + Life Cycles and Healthy Aging Nutrition + Business Readiness and Coaching Skills
Pathophysiology and Clinical Applications + Research and Communications
Weight Management and Sports Nutrition + Nutritional Endocrinology and Reproductive Health + Independent Study (1st half)
Introduction to Herbology, Supplements and Lab Assessments + Independent Study (2nd half)
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