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What’s the difference between the NTP Course and the NTC Course?

The NTC program is a nine-month long online training program that empowers consultants to address foundational nutrition needs, lifestyle challenges, and environmental factors to educate clients on their journey to optimum health. The NTP program is a nine-month long hybrid training program that equips practitioners to address advanced imbalances and deficiencies in the body with clinical level nutritional therapy skills and the Functional Clinical Assessment.

Is your program accredited?

The Nutritional Therapy Association is a private vocational school in Washington State, licensed by the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, that trains practitioners to address nutrient deficiencies and body imbalances through holistic nutrition. Our programs are not accredited by the Department of Education.

Does your program prepare you to sit for board exams?

The Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) Program is recognized by the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP), and graduates can sit for NANP’s National Board Exam. Graduates of the Nutritional Therapy Consultant (NTC) Program are not currently eligible to sit for the NANP’s National Board Exam. Beginning in late 2019 the NTA will offer an exam prep course (exam study guide and exam fees included in course cost) which will cover the topics NTCs need to sit for the exam.  

What are the prerequisites for the NTP & NTC program?

The only prerequisite for both the NTP and NTC program is a high school diploma. These are not 4-year degree programs and are not a prerequisite for a four-year dietetics program. Students must have access to high-speed Internet and be comfortable working in a primarily online environment.

How long is the program and does it have to be completed consecutively?

The NTP course is approximately nine months in length and must be completed within the scheduled time. The NTC course is approximately nine months in length and must be completed within the scheduled time. There are two approximately two-week term breaks during the NTP program, and three-term breaks during the NTC program.

Please note that workshop attendance is required to obtain the NTP certification. There are three-weekend workshops for the NTP course, wherein there is an allowable maximum of 8 missed hours as an approved excused absence.

What types of positions are available for graduates of your programs?

NTA graduates find jobs in several fields. Some graduates combine their certificate with existing licenses or certificates in alternative medicine. Many establish private practices as nutritional consultants, while others work in a clinical setting with other like-minded professionals. The NTA has also graduated numerous healthcare professionals such as chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncturists, registered nurses, and massage therapists. Note that the NTP and NTC programs do not qualify you to work in a hospital or other government regulated settings as a nutritionist. Many graduates go on to do speaking events, write books, create courses, or lead group classes. Others use the knowledge to help heal themselves and their families.

Would it be practical to take this course while working full time?

Many of our graduates completed the NTP or NTC course while working full-time jobs. However, students should budget at least 20 hours per week for studying, assignments, and conference calls. We strongly recommend beginning the required reading before the class starts.

What kind of degree or certification will I receive when I complete one of your programs?

Upon successful completion of the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program, a certification of completion is awarded by the Nutritional Therapy Association granting permission to use the designation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioner TM (NTP).

Upon successful completion of the Nutritional Therapy Consultant Program, a certification of completion is awarded by the Nutritional Therapy Association granting permission to use the designation of Nutritional Therapy Consultant TM (NTC).

Is this certification recognized by any state?

States vary in their requirements for certification and licensure for those providing nutritional counseling and advice. The majority of states allow NTPs and NTCs to establish their own practice, but some states require additional licensure or working under the supervision of a licensed practitioner. The Department of Health in your state should have complete information on their individual requirements. You can also visit http://holisticcouncil.org/for up-to-date information on the laws and regulations in your state.

Will I be able to bill insurance for my services?

Because the NTP and NTC programs offer certification not a licensure, you will not be able to bill insurance for your services or supplementation unless you have other licensure that allows you this privilege.

What role does diet play in your programs?

Diet is fundamental to the NTP and NTC programs. A cornerstone of our programs is the belief that proper nutrition is built upon properly prepared, nutrient-dense foods. Though we discuss targeted supplementation in our NTP program, especially relating to our Functional Clinical Assessment and Lingual-Neuro Testing techniques, our instructors emphasize the critical importance of real, whole food as the primary source of nutrition.

Is the nutrition training based primarily on supplement use or can the techniques be used with herbs and foods?

Our primary focus is on properly prepared, nutrient-dense whole foods. We do discuss supplements in our NTP curriculum, and they play a key role in our Functional Clinical Assessment techniques, but it is important to note that the primary goal of supplements in the

The Functional Clinical Assessment is used to identify deficiencies and imbalances, not to choose supplements for clients. Once deficiencies and imbalances are identified, Nutritional Therapy Practitioners can then use a variety of tools (e.g. dietary changes, lifestyle recommendations, targeted supplementation, etc.) to strengthen and balance the body’s foundations. The NTC curriculum does not include training on supplements and focuses instead on using food therapeutically.

What is included in the curriculum? What is required for certification?

The course curriculum includes anatomy and physiology, basic chemistry concepts, and the science of food and its nutritional components. Students also learn how to identify and address imbalances in the body and intervene with nutrition to improve overall health. In order to become certified, you will need to complete all required reading, homework, book reports, a community outreach project, outside client-practitioner folders, review audio and video lecture content, attend required workshops (NTP only), and pass a midterm and final exam (a written exam for NTCs and both a written and practical exam for NTPs). There is a minimum passing standard of 80% for the written exam and 90% for the practical exam.

How are these nutrition programs different from other courses?

The NTP and NTC programs offer a holistic, whole food, nutrition-based approach to addressing health problems and promoting wellness.

We emphasize:

1) allegiance to the teachings of such pioneering greats as Dr. Weston A. Price and Dr. Francis Pottenger,

2) the belief that each person is biologically unique, and 3) that the body possesses innate intelligence and defaults to health when given what it needs. Our NTP program offers a system of evaluative measurements that help identify nutritional weaknesses in the body. The Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire, combined with the Functional Clinical Assessment and Lingual-Neuro Testing method, provides a powerful way to assess a client’s biochemical needs and make appropriate, personalized diet and lifestyle recommendations. Our NTC program also offers a comprehensive set of assessment tools that encompass motivational interviewing techniques, lifestyle and environmental questionnaires, food & mood journal evaluation, and utilization of therapeutic foods to help a client achieve their health goals.

How much can a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner earn?

Income for NTPs and NTCs typically range from $50 to $150 per hour, depending on location, experience, and other certifications or licenses.

Is there financing available?

Tuition can be paid in full, through a payment plan, or with a personal loan. For our payment plan, there is a non-refundable $400 enrollment fee to participate and we have four, three, and two installment options available based on the date you are registering. Alternately, we work with Harborstone Credit Union to offer financial aid through a personal loan. You may also apply for a personal loan through your own bank or credit union.  Full details and applications for the payment plan and Harborstone loan can be found here: https://www.nutritionaltherapy.com/scholarships-and-financial-aid. For students in Australia, NTA Australia partners with Auswide Bank to offer loans for tuition and books. To learn more, go to ntaaustralia.com.au/courses.

Are there any scholarships available?

Yes. The NTA will notify prospective students when scholarships become available. Announcements and applications will be posted here when scholarships are open: www.nutritionaltherapy.com/scholarships-and-financial-aid

Does NTA have an ADA policy?

Information about the Nutritional Therapy Association’s ADA policy can be found at nutritionaltherapy.com/ada-policy.

Can I take the program even though I don’t know if I want to start a business?

Yes, students take NTP and NTC courses for a number of reasons, with graduates going on to apply their credential in a number of ways. Some do indeed start their own businesses or private practices, while others join existing practices, augment existing licenses, write books, start successful blogs, etc. Some graduates don’t apply their credential professionally, but instead use the skills they learn in their course to help improve the health of their family and community.

Can I complete your programs from overseas?

Our NTC program is a fully online course offering that can be completed from anywhere with access to the internet. Currently, the NTA offers NTP training programs in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Note that the NTP program requires in-person attendance at three multi-day workshops.

Will you train me how to open my own business?

In addition to discussing business basics in Module 14 of the NTP program, we offer a robust, 8-week, 14 module Career Development Course to all NTA students and alumni.

What is the difference between a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a Nutritional Therapy Consultant?

An NTC is an educator and resource in their community who utilizes nutrient dense foods, lifestyle and environmental assessments, and mindfulness techniques to help clients achieve their health goals. An NTP is a specialized practitioner that performs a hands-on clinical assessment to discern a client’s bio-individual needs and utilizes advanced nutritional therapy skills to restore balance and functionality in the body. NTPs are eligible to sit for the NANP’s National Board Exam.

Do the NTP and NTC classes count as continuing education credits?

In some cases, continuing education credits can be applied to other certificates or licenses. Inquires must be made to the institution that awarded the original license or certificate.

How many CEUs do I need to keep my certificate current after I graduate?

The NTA requires students to obtain 24 CEUs every two years to keep their NTP or NTC certification current. At least 12 of the credits need to be directly related to nutrition, while up to 12 can be related to business or other relevant non-nutrition topics that support your practice.

If I’m an existing practitioner needing to earn CEUs, how many CEUs does one receive per class?

One CEU credit is awarded per one hour spent in class.

What does the week of a student look like?

At the beginning of the week, you will log into our online learning environment to see the module for that week and what the assignments are. You’ll watch the videos for that module and study our student guides. On some weeks, you’ll read a book related to that module topic and then write and upload a book report for grading. You’ll also complete a quiz based on a combination of material from the videos and the assigned reading. You will also complete module assignments such as essay questions, action assignments, journaling questions, as well as a series of client folders throughout the program. During the workshop weekends, NTPs learn the hands-on Functional Clinical Assessment, practice the client interview process, analyze diet and lifestyle assessments, and review course material.

Who are these programs ideal for?

Success in an NTA program is more about attitude than aptitude. You will fit well if you are a person who questions the status quo, who is a lifelong learner and is propelled by curiosity, who has an eager spirit, and has a willingness to work hard and commit to being a contributing member of the NTA community. If you enroll in the NTP program, you must be willing to learn basic anatomy and do hands-on work. You don’t need any background in nutrition or fitness, but a basic understanding of anatomy and physiology can help.

How will the group leaders help me?

Group leaders are graduates of the Nutritional Therapy Association programs; they were right where you are a year or two ago! They will help you throughout your course sharing their knowledge, both on the forums in the online learning environment and in the classes on the workshop weekends. They are there to help you, so don’t hesitate to reach out and ask questions of your group leaders.

Where will I be doing the learning?

We use an online learning environment called Brightspace. This is where all the course modules live, including: videos, audio lectures, quizzes, book review assignments, etc. You will also have access to forums where you can ask questions of the instructors and other students. Finally, you’ll have access to conference calls that are led by your Lead Instructor where you can ask questions and have further discussion and learning time. You will get an invite to Brightspace when the course begins and you will access it through the Nutritional Therapy Association website.

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