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Frequently Asked Question: What’s the Difference Between the NTP and NTC Programs?

Apr 12, 2019 | Nutrition Articles, Perspectives | 0 comments

What’s The Difference Between The NTP And NTC Programs

One of the most common questions we get is, “What’s the difference between your NTP and NTC programs?” The answer? A lot!

This blog post outlines the difference between the fully-online Nutritional Therapy Consultant Program and the hybrid online/in-person Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program.


To answer this question, let’s talk about the similarities:

The NTP and NTC programs share the same “core curriculum”. This core curriculum includes the lessons related to the NTA’s Foundations (hydration, digestion, blood sugar balance, minerals, and dietary fats, along with a nutrient-dense, properly-prepared, whole food diet) anatomy and physiology, and the client consultation process. Outside of this core curriculum, each program offers specialized modules that align with the vision and intended application for the different certification. 



Both NTPs and NTCs take a food-first approach, but an NTP will utilize specific supplementation in conjunction with the Functional Clinical Assessment (FCA) and Lingual-Neuro Testing (LNT) process to really hone in on imbalances and deficiencies in the body for clients who need deeper healing. In comparison, an NTC will use their culinary and lifestyle assessment skills to provide more practical, daily life action steps for clients who need more support in integrating the dietary recommendations. The two professions complement each other well as an NTC can refer clients to an NTP when their issues are not improving with dietary and lifestyle changes, and an NTP can refer clients to an NTC when they need more support with meal planning or batch cooking to find success with their recommendations. While the core education is the same, the specialized training does create two distinct professional certifications with different goals and purposes.


NTC/NTP Comparison Chart

  Nutritional Therapy Consultant™ Program   Nutritional Therapy Practitioner™ Program  
Time Commitment  Nine Months   Nine Months  
Location   Online   Online + Three In-Person Workshops  
Hands-On Component   None   Functional Clinical Assessment (see more on pg. 2) 
Class Start Dates   February, May, and September   February, May, and September  
Tuition   $5,400  



Curriculum Format   Online, videos + slides, required reading, reference material PDFs   Online, videos + slides, required reading, reference material PDFs  
Time Commitment  20 hours a week  20 hours a week 
Prerequisites   None   None  
Class Sizes   Up to 50   Up to 40  
Zoom Video Calls   Bi-weekly class calls with instructors plus monthly calls with Course Mentors  Bi-weekly class calls with instructors  
Instructor-Led  Yes, with Course Mentor support  Yes, with Group Leader support 
More info and how to Register  

Visit bit.ly/RegisterNTC 


Visit bit.ly/RegisterNTP 



Want to learn more about our programs?

Join us for a Live Info Session Wednesday, April 24 at 5 PM PST. This is a great opportunity to get your program questions answered by two of the NTA’s Lead Instructors! This session will be delivered by Senior Lead Instructors, Cathy Eason, NTP and Caroline Barringer, NTP. Join us on this webinar for more information about the programs available at the NTA.



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