Nutrition Therapy Program

Individuals who want to become certified in the Nutrition Therapy Program have two options of study:

Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner – awards a certificate indicating that required foundation courses have been completed and passed.

Master Nutrition Therapist – awards a certificate after completion of the advanced level courses.

Program for Certification as a Nutrition
Therapy Practitioner

This certification program can be taken independently or as a precursor to the Master Nutrition Therapy Program. It consists of 160 hours of classroom education and training and results in a certificate of accomplishment, which earns the student the title of Certified Nutrition Therapy practitioner (CNTP).

While some students take this course to educate themselves, others utilize it as a career foundation or an upgrade to known skills in an existing career as an alternative health practitioner, a chiropractor, physical or massage therapist, personal trainer or yoga instructor. The course provides an extensive education in the field of holistic nutrition.

The entire certificate programs spans five 15-week class periods, two 8-week class periods and an Intensive Learning Workshop. Individual classes, which are explained more fully below, cover the following categories: human anatomy and physiology, the digestion and detoxification processes, nutritional biochemistry, building blocks of nutrition, nutritional therapeutic techniques, weight loss and management, the United States food production industry as it relates to quality and nutrition, business topics and a workshop that explores each student's personal relationship with food.

Full-time students who combine both classes chronologically can complete the entire certificate program in 12 months. If you take the classes one after the other, it will take 18 months to finish. We offer on campus and online learning options for maximum flexibility and access.

The NTC Program

The Nutritional Therapy Consultant (NTC) Program couples the adaptability of self-guided, online study with the advantages of educator-led telephone calls and one in-individual workshop. Understudies get access to comprehensive learning materials, reference reports, recordings and sound lectures through NTT Connect, the Nutritional Therapy Association's (NTA) web learning administration system.

The NTC Program Requirements

Understudies get the larger part of their instruction as online recordings, sound lectures, telephone calls and online collaboration with the guideline group through NTT Connect. Understudies must have dependable, high-speed web access and be open to working fundamentally in an online domain.

Amid the educator led to phone calls, understudies audit the lecture materials and participate in class discourses that supplement the educational programs. Also, understudies may plan schedule telephone gatherings keeping in mind the end goal to clear up any inquiries concerning the course or its educational modules amid the teacher's available time. Understudies can likewise make inquiries and hold examinations in online forums.

NTC versus NTP

Both the 9-month and 15-module NTC courses incorporate the same central subjects as the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) Program, however without the hands-on, utilitarian assessment and lingual-neural testing abilities. The NTC system is perfect for human services
experts who as of now utilize different strategies for assessing the body and additionally those people interested by working basically with nourishment, diet and/or way of life suggestions, and social insurance specialists who will work with separation customers by means of telephone, email or video conferencing. This system likewise affords understudies the adaptability of procuring NTP confirmation in two stages: one can first finish the NTC project and afterward take the Functional Assessment Development (FAD) Program later to pick up their NTP certification.

In-Person Workshops

All NTC understudies are required to go to a 3-day in-individual workshop that gives extra details elements on the customer meeting procedure, eating regimen and way of life evaluations, and in addition giving a survey of the course material. With a specific end goal to get NTC confirmation, understudies are not permitted to miss more than 8 class hours (or 1 workshop day). On the off chance that that time period is exceeded, understudies must make up the hours by masterminding private coaching with the lead educator at their standard, hourly rate.

NTC Certification

Upon completion of the NTC program, which includes passing the midterm and last examinations, and in addition finishing all homework, one will be ensured as a Nutritional Therapy Consultant by the American Association of Career and Technical Studies (AACTS). It's critical to note that an NTC does not analyze or treat diseases; yet rather makes nutritional proposals for adjusting the body and advancing ideal health. NTCs are endorsed by the AACTS, an affirming association, however, are not authorized or certified by any state. If you don't mind, check with your individual state for particular data on licensing prerequisites.

Program for a Master Nutrition Therapist

A Nutritional Therapist at work

Nutrition Therapy employees at work

In order to enroll in the Master Nutrition Therapist course, each student must successfully complete the Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner course first. When the foundation classes are done, the more advanced classes begin. Training encompasses 600 class hours and earns each successful student a diploma as a Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT).

The entire syllabus is comprised of three 15-week classes, two 8-week classes, an Intensive Learning Workshop, additional study done on a student by student basis and an internship program. All of these classes cover the following training areas – the human lifecycle, nutrition's effect on healthy aging, proper nutrition and the reproductive system, clinical nutrition, Senior business courses and an intensive workshop – and more. There are two elective classes available for students to choose from: Food Politics or Supplements.

When the classes included in this advanced program are added to the foundation classes already completed in the certificate program, Master Nutrition Therapists round out their education with a total of eight 15-week classes, for 8-week classes, two Intensive Learning Workshops as well as plenty of opportunity for study on their own and a period of internship with a professional health care provider.

If a student is able to attend this program full-time, he or she will take two classes at the same time and finish everything required for certification in two years. If taking each class separately works better with the student's existing schedule, it will take four years to complete the entire master program. All classes are available on-campus or on the Internet, so each students can choose what method of learning works best for him or her.

Nutrition Therapy Career Options

Since holistic nutrition has appeared only recently as a discipline, many prospects exist for emergent professionals. Independent practice, and the introduction of holistic disciplines into more mainstream health businesses, requires an entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and a strong work ethic. Employment opportunities currently exist in naturopathic doctor's offices, supplement producers or distributors, health food stores and other places.

SATHOR provides educational opportunities for those interested in nutrition education careers:

  • Add nutrition services to currently operating health care agencies or establishments.
  • Launch or further a holistic nutrition services career
  • Gain Mater Nutrition Therapist certification to begin health and wellness education.

No direct or implied guarantee for employment is made by SATHOR. We do not offer job placement services, although our classes do cover topics related to finding a position or starting a private practice. They help students present themselves as health care professionals, operate a business successfully and network with others. SATHOR's internship program allows students to gain hands-on experience in different workplaces to further their clinical skills, experiences and forge connections within the industry.

Descriptions of Required Foundation Courses

These certification programs do not offer elective courses. All foundation classes must be successfully completed in order to earn a certificate in the Nutrition Therapy Practitioner group.

This certificate is necessary to continue on to advanced classes that count toward the Master Nutritional Therapist certification. Feel free to experience a sample lecture on lipids from the "Nutrients are Building Blocks" class.

Anatomy and Physiology for the Nutritionist

Required | 4.5 Credit Hours | 45 Classroom Hours | 15 weeks | Fall, Winter or Spring Term

This class covers the correlation between body system function and health to the intake of specific nutrients.

  • Overview of all systems: skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, immune, sensory, endocrine and integumentary.
  • Research will be completed independently to cover specific nutrient types and their effects on body system function and long-term health.
  • Both general and specific medical terminology will be introduced in order to facilitate communication between students and health professionals and physicians.
Biochemical Foundations of Nutrition

Required | 4.5 Credit Hours | 45 Classroom Hours | 15 weeks | Fall, Winter or Spring Term

This class guides students to creating personalized plans and recommendations for clients. Specific health complaints and various life circumstances will be covered.

  • Chemistry fundamentals
  • Quantum physics as it applies to nutrition
  • Cell anatomy and physiology
  • The production of energy through cellular respiration and metabolism
  • Electrolyte and fluid balance as regulated by the urinary system
  • Proper hydration
  • Importance of pH balance: acid and alkaline
  • Enzyme function
Intensive Learning Workshop: Personal Relationship with Food

2 Credit Hours | 32 Classroom Hours | Fall Term Only

This class will help you explore your personal perceptions of different food types and any issues you have surrounding your diet or eating habits. Students will learn how to create and plan foundation meals and complete menus appropriate for optimal health, how to sense your body's needs and eat consciously. Small group classes are held in October at the Denver campus. Online options are available if you are unable to attend.
For more information about classes and scheduling, please contact the SATHOR office today.

Nutrients: The Building Blocks

Required | 4.5 Credit Hours | 45 Classroom Hours | Fall or Winter Term

This class creates an understanding of the current recommendations and focus of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and compares and contrasts it with a holistic approach to therapeutic nutritional regimens.

  • Essential nutrient chemistry explained
  • Understanding of protein, lipids and carbohydrates.
  • Learn how nutrients and compounds function in the body.
  • Major and minor mineral needs.
  • Water and fat soluble vitamins.
  • How too much or not enough of different nutrients affects the body.
Nutrition Therapy in Practice

Required | 4.5 Credit Hours | 45 Classroom Hours | 15 weeks | Fall or Winter Term

Students will keep and discuss a personal food diary, assess their own and other's nutritional health, explore case studies, identify correlations between nutrients and health conditions, learn how to create and apply therapeutic food plans and meals, examine the US production and processing of foods and review popular diet options.

  • Analyze, plan and create particular diets and dishes
  • Determine if popular diets provide appropriate nutrition.
  • Learn how to assess a client's specific dietary needs.
  • Develop client records and study particular scientific cases.
  • Explore the relationship between food production, politics and the Earth.
Digestion and Detoxification

Required | 4.5 Credit Hours | 45 Contact Hours | 15 weeks | Fall or Winter Term

This 15 week class explores how digestive function and lack thereof result in poor nutritional uptake and usage, toxicity and disorders and complaints. There is a particular focus on identifying detoxification processes and using them in everyday life.

  • Students share their own experiences with detoxing protocols.
  • Digestive anatomy and physiology is covered in depth.
  • Specific emphasis on bowel, colon and liver toxicity and detox.
  • General health and importance of the digestive system.
  • Established and tried detoxification options.
  • How gut health affects serotonin.
  • Celiac disease
  • Candidiasis.
Food Quality in America and Business of Nutrition I

Required | 2 Credit Hours | 24 Classroom Hours | 8 weeks | Spring Term Only

Two sessions of four weeks each make up this eight week class.

The first four weeks cover the quality of food in the United States of America.

  • Exploration of how popular foods are grown, processed and manufactured.
  • Understanding of food additives and how they affect health of the human body and brain.
  • Connectivity between food processing and the overall state of mental health in the US.
  • Identify and understand nutritional foods that provide protection for brain processes.

The last 4 weeks cover nutrition industry business information:

  • Networking and professional development in order to gain employment
  • Presentation, marketing and fundamental principles of nutrition industry professions
Weight Management

Required | 2 Credit Hours | 24 Classroom Hours | 8 weeks | Spring Term Only

This foundation course covers topics related to weight control and management including:

  • Metabolic states, achieving balance of important hormones and toxicity.
  • Balanced nutrition and lifestyle shifts as treatment of the obesity disease.
  • Exploration of both clinical case studies and personal stories from students.

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