Thank you for your question regarding the differences between a Certified Nutrition Consultant and a Registered Dietitian. I have posted information relating to the different educational and career paths each may take. As stated below, the Bauman College curriculum is designed to give you a solid understanding of Holistic Nutrition. Short of a 4 year Naturopathic College, no other nutrition program can demonstrate the length, depth and breadth of commitment to academic excellence and practical application.
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Certified Holistic Nutrition Professional or Registered Dietitian?
As consumers with nutrition needs, prospective students, or students and graduates of nutrition, it is useful to understand the similarities and differences between Certified Nutrition Consultants, as trained by Bauman College, and the Registered Dietitian. These distinctions demonstrate how each fits into the current and emerging health care system.
Bauman College Certified Nutrition Consultants receive training in a California State approved Vocational Program. A High School Diploma or equivalent is required for entry. Training incorporates a mixture of class lecture and discussions, demonstrations, research and homework, student presentations, hands-on experience, and audio/video presentations. Short of a 4 year Naturopathic College, no other nutrition program can demonstrate the length, depth and breadth of commitment to academic excellence and practical application. The Bauman College curriculum is on the cutting-edge of the emerging integration of conventional and holistic health care.
Nutrition Consultation Certification training provides students with a grounded approach to working with primary care providers to design diet and nutritional programs for persons with previously diagnosed injury or illness. Students learn how nutrition influences the intricate feedback between organs, glands, cells and gene expression. For each topic, appropriate research findings and metabolic assessments are introduced to enable students to be more targeted in educating clients on appropriate therapeutic foods, herbs and nutrient support. Client interviews, research and comprehensive case study comprise the written work for each topic and final presentation.
The Certified Nutrition Consultant is trained in the realm of clinical nutrition. He/She is qualified to work in conjunction with other health care professionals, such as doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists and counselors, as well as in private practice working one-on-one with individuals who have previously diagnosed conditions. Nutrition Consultants teach courses, lecture on nutrition topics, and write articles for publications.
Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB)
Graduates of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Training Program are eligible to sit for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board's (HNCB) Board Examination. The HNCB is a division of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). NANP Professional Members who meet the board examination qualification criteria and successfully pass the Board Exam will earn the designation, “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition”. For more information visit www.holisticnutritionboard.org
A Dietitian degree is earned by completing an ADA-Accredited Coordinated Program, which is a Bachelor's or Master's degree program that combines classroom and supervised practical experience
completing an ADA-Bachelor's degree program which is a four year plan that fulfills the educational requirements for the application for a dietetic internship.
Registration Examination for Dietitians
After graduation, completion of an approved supervised practical experience, and passing the National Registration Exam, a graduate in dietetics becomes a “Registered Dietitian”.
The Registered Dietitian works in health care facilities, overseeing meal preparation and designing meal plans to accommodate special diets. They also manage food service operations. The Registered Dietitian may also work in restaurant management, food distribution, public health environments and private practice. Registered Dietitians do not generally emphasize the use of natural, unprocessed foods, organic foods, herbal products, and nutritional supplements. Registered Dietitian's base their dietetic approach on the USDA New Food Pyramid.
Certified Nutrition Educators, Certified Nutrition Consultants and Registered Dietitians all have a role to play. Nutrition Educators and Nutrition Consultants are in demand in the private sector, working in private, clinical and community settings to create customized nutrition and wellness plans. Registered Dietitians are most often found in institutional settings, following prescribed diets and more general protocols for disease management. As consumer demand for nutrition increases, both will be given expanded opportunities to work in public and private settings. We are witnessing a renaissance of information and application on the use whole foods, herbs and well-researched dietary supplements for disease prevention and recovery. Bauman College Nutrition Educators and Consultants are uniquely qualified to share this essential information with the public.
Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition & Culinary Arts
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