Nutrition Consultant Training Program - 700 hours
Classroom - 18 months
Also available via Distance Learning - up to 30 months
The Nutrition Consultant Training Program provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the foundations of whole food nutrition as it contributes to the prevention of illness and the promotion of optimal health. In the program, students study the fundamentals of nutrition: physiology, anatomy, macro and micronutrient selection, and the effects of foods on the body. They graduate equipped with the tools necessary to provide expert evaluation of diet and lifestyle, and to make recommendations for food selections, supplementation, and lifestyle choices which will enable their clients to reach their best health.
A supervised internship allows students to gain experience in venues such as a health practitioner's office, spa, community center, health club, school, and beyond. Students will use the skills they have learned in their training - writing, presenting, client consultation, research, menu planning, etc. to guide them in selecting their specific areas of interest. During the internship students work in the field, establishing valuable professional connections and partnerships.
Graduates of the Nutrition Consultant Training Program are trained to work with individuals, families, and groups to provide personal, community, and clinical nutrition services. Nutrition Consultants work in private practice, and/or in conjunction with other health care professionals such as doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical and mental health therapists, and at wellness or recovery centers and integrative clinics.
Many graduates also teach courses, give talks on nutrition, or write articles or books for publication. Other opportunities include working in clinics, private schools, spas, health food stores, health clubs, fitness programs, and supplement companies. Nutrition Consultant graduates are sufficiently trained and certified to work in salaried positions in the preventative health care field funded either by government, insurance carriers, and/or private business.
Although Bauman College does not offer placement assistance, the business classes in this program are designed to prepare students for professional presentation, networking, and basic business skills. The Internship component of the program offers students the opportunity to experience the application of their studies in real life settings. Employment opportunities are regularly submitted to Bauman College from private and corporate entities. Students and Graduates may view these opportunities through the Employment Forum Board. In addition, we match students with specific employment opportunities from within our community connections.
Classes are 3.5 hours in length and meet on average five times per month. Students should plan to spend as much time on homework and individual study as they spend in the classroom.
Students have complete access to all of their curriculum materials, including lectures, homework assignments, and student records, via our unique learning management system, the Bauman College Student Dashboard. With this system, students communicate with teachers and staff, submit homework, view lectures, and check their current grades from home or in any location with an internet connection. The Bauman College Student Dashboard allows students to easily access course materials anytime.
Nutrition Consultant Curriculum
Term I - Foundations of Nutrition
NC 101: Eating for Health
NC 102: Digestive Physiology
NC 103: Biochemistry
NC 104: Nutrition Analysis
NC 105: Macronutrients
NC 106: Micronutrients
NC 107: Nutritional Counseling
NC 108: Case Presentations
NC 109: Midterm Exam
Term II - Therapeutic Nutrition
NC 201: Stress and Endocrine Interactions
NC 202: Men and Women's Health
NC 203: Liver Detoxification
NC 204: Gastrointestinal Health
NC 205: Blood Sugar Regulation
NC 206: Weight Management
NC 207: Clinical Assessment
NC 208: Cardiovascular Health
NC 209: Mental Health
NC 210: Musculoskeletal Health and Sports Nutrition
NC 211: Immune and Autoimmune
NC 212: Cancer
NC 213: Business
NC 214: Case Presentation
NC 215: Final Exam
Term III - Internship
NC 301: Fieldwork Orientation and Training
NC 302: Fieldwork
NC 303: Fieldwork Report Presentation
The Nutrition Consultant certificate title is valid in California and other states where there are no federal, state, or local requirements limiting the practice of nutrition consulting. Contact your local state government to become informed about the laws of the state in which you plan to practice.
Professional Association Standards
Professional association standards require that Nutrition Consultants practice within the area of health education, with mutual consent between client and consultant, and with full disclosure on the part of the practitioner as to services provided, fees, training, and areas of competence. A Nutrition Consultant does not diagnose or treat disease, but works in a complementary fashion to medical treatment as an educational adjunct. Anyone who is currently licensed by the state (R.D., R.N., M.F.C.C., M.D., etc.) should check with their professional licensing board regarding nutrition practice requirements. Bauman College recommends that its graduates obtain professional malpractice insurance.
National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP)
The Nutrition Consultant Training Program is a recommended training program through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (nanp.org). Students and graduates are encouraged to join this organization to stay connected, support the rights of nutrition professionals, and stay abreast of the latest developments in the field of nutrition.
Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB)
Board of Registered Nursing
CEU credits for RN’s are available. Bauman College is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 11401, for 298 contact hours for the Nutrition Consultant Training Program.
Required Computer Skills
Use of a computer is required to participate in the Nutrition Consultant Training Program.
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