Become a Nutritional Therapist
CNM’s Accredited Online Nutrition Course
CNM has more than 20 years’ experience in natural health education.
CNM offers a 3-year long part-time Naturopathic Nutrition course with clinical training. The diploma course provides high quality training which equips graduates to build successful practices.
It is carefully structured. The 3-year programme is designed to build upon the basics of anatomy and physiology, gradually increasing the student’s skill set alongside clinical application to ensure a safe, effective, confident graduating Nutritional Therapist.
Some training providers may offer shorter courses, but in the interest of confidence and integration of knowledge, we believe a three-year course with a strong focus on practical application is the ideal structure.
The online Naturopathic Nutrition diploma course consists of three components:
- Filmed lectures and comprehensive handouts.
- Online tutorials, exams and written assignments.
- Practical in-class clinics in years two and three.
Online Course Overview
Complete your Naturopathic Nutrition diploma course with CNM’s cutting-edge online learning platform. The course normally takes three years to complete, but it may be possible to complete it in a shorter time. Our course consultants will guide you through the different study options.
Year 1: Biomedicine
Year 2: Nutrition 1
Year 3: Nutrition 2
The first year of studies focuses on Biomedicine as CNM believes that training needs to include a strong basis in biology, understanding of human health, life stages and disease progressions and functional laboratory testing processes. A comprehensive knowledge of the health impact of diet, lifestyle and environmental factors is also a large part of the diploma course. You will start with clinical practice in Nutrition year 1 (observing) and in year 2 you will see your own clients under supervision of highly experienced teachers who are all practising as nutritional therapists.
Study time: 15-25 hours per week
Clinical practice: 200 hours
Diploma awarded: Nutritional Therapist or Master Nutrition Consultant
Naturopathic Nutrition Diploma Course - Syllabus
Part 1: Biomedicine
The aim of Biomedicine is to get students to understand how the body works, most common diseases, medical diagnostics, differential diagnostics and red flag symptoms. This way a future practitioner understands medical conditions, especially dangerous conditions and is able to decide what he can treat and when to refer to a specialist.
Medical Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Midwives, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, etc., may not be required to take Biomedicine – please contact CNM for more information and to see if you qualify for direct enrolment. Graduates with an ITEC diploma (e.g. massage, aromatherapy, reflexology etc.) will need to do the Biomedicine year in order to get a CNM diploma.
- Medical Terminology and Definitions.
- Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of all Organ Systems.
- Infectious Diseases, Allergies and How the Immune System works.
- Pharmacology, Laboratory, Drug interactions.
- Diagnostics, Differential diagnostics and Examination methods.
- Red Flag symptoms, Legal Requirements, When to refer to an expert.
Part 2: Nutrition Year 1 – Building Blocks of Nutrition
The aim of Nutrition Year 1 is to get students to understand the basics of Nutrition and learn how to take cases by observing live case taking of patients, following a standard CNM format.
- History and Philosophy
- Basics of Nutrition (Proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates)
- Naturopathic Nutrition
- Various diets
- Foods, superfoods
- Chinese principles
- 100 observation hours
Part 3: Nutrition Year 2 – Nutritional Therapeutics
The aim of Nutrition Year 2 is to teach students how to deal with most common diseases and become confident in treating patients in supervised clinics.
Clinics are of paramount importance to CNM. This is where students learn how to take cases themselves, create nutrition plans and apply their knowledge. Clinics are supervised by a qualified Nutritional Therapist.
- How to treat various conditions such as: Cardiovascular, muscular/skeletal problems, digestive diseases, skin, allergies
- Diseases of life stages: baby/child, women, men, elderly
- Sports Nutrition and exercise
- Laboratory tests
- PR/Marketing, clinic management
- 100 clinical hours
Train To Become a Qualified Nutritional Therapist
Study Nutrition Online
Studying nutrition online at CNM could not be easier. With CNM’s cutting-edge online learning platform, study guide, comprehensive training material and additional resources, students have everything they need to successfully complete their nutritional therapy training.
- Up-to-date training material written by industry experts.
- Filmed lectures delivered by highly experienced practitioners.
- Detailed handouts and notes to accompany each lecture.
- On-demand lectures which you can access 24/7 on CNM’s student portal.
- Supportive lecturers and clinic supervisors to answer your questions.
- Exams and assignments to test your knowledge and track your progress.
- Connect with your course mates online to share ideas and support each other.
Regular Online Tutorials
Online students are supported throughout the course with regular tutorials and ongoing help from lecturers. During the tutorials, students have the opportunity to ask questions, get assistance with assignments and gain a deeper insight into the topics they are studying.
- Group tutorials via Zoom once to twice per month to cover a range of topics and course material.
- One-to-one tutorials to discuss the student’s progress, answer specific questions and run through assignment work and case studies.
- Interactive activities to support your learning experience.
- Access to industry resources and tools including research databases, journals, webinars and data from nutritional supplement companies.
- Unlimited email contact with the course leader and tutors should you need assistance or additional resources.
Measurable Study Progress
Exams and assignments are an important part of the online nutrition course. They are used to measure study progress and enable students to keep on track. All assignments are submitted online at the end of each module and exams are taken at the end of each year.
In addition to this, online nutrition students also undertake:
- Mini quizzes at the end of each unit to reinforce learning.
- Ongoing assessments including case study and portfolio work.
- Home research projects so you can explore the nutrition topics in more detail.
- A professional development plan to help you plan and achieve your career goals.
Important focus on Clinical Training
What sets CNM’s online nutrition course apart from other training providers is its extensive focus on clinical training. A total of 200 hours are dedicated to clinical practice during year 2 and 3 of your study. CNM’s online nutrition students get the opportunity to observe consultations in clinic and also take on their own cases with real-life clients. With the support of experienced clinical supervisors, all of whom are practitioners in their own right, students can transfer their skills and knowledge into a clinical setting. Clinical training is an essential component of nutrition training as it gives students the confidence and experience to become competent practitioners.
- You have the flexibility to pick and choose when you do the clinicsso they fit around your personal and work schedule.
- Clinics can be done during the week or at the weekend,either on a weekly basis or in intensive blocks.
- Access to clinical training videos and resources,clinical tutorials and one-to-one support from clinic supervisors.
Online students can choose to complete the clinic hours at any of CNM’s training colleges around the UK or you can complete the clinic sessions online. Speak to a study consultant today to learn more about CNM’s Clinical Training.
Biomedicine Course: Sample Lecture
Nutrition Course: Sample Lecture
Career Opportunities in Nutrition
We’re proud that 80% of CNM graduates are practising either part time or full time. A Nutritional Therapy qualification can lead you along a variety of career trajectories, including private practice, work in multidisciplinary health and wellness centres, specialisation in particular health fields, working for charities, for example those concerned with diabetes or the elderly, supplement or functional testing companies, meal planning for events or retreats, health article writing, health blogging, running seminars, retreats, hosting webinars, training and staff development in the corporate sector – there is a huge array of possibilities depending on your interests and ambition. A large number of our graduates have become leaders in health and lifestyle trends and successful authors such as Elizabeth Peyton-Jones and Madeleine Shaw. Find out more about here.