NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST
one-year course
Curriculum

The Curriculum


Each module contains:

• Big Ideas, which offer an overview of the important concepts covered in each module.


• Anatomy and Physiology
, the study of body structure and function, which helps students to understand the scientific basis of nutritional therapy.


• Dietary Considerations and Supplemental Support
, dietary suggestions and nutritional supplementation protocols that support healthy physiological function and improve nutritional status.


• Functional Evaluation
, a technique our students use to identify and correct nutritional imbalances and deficiencies.

This technique helps answer three important questions:

1.
Is there a deficiency?
2. Will a particular nutrient/food work for a client?
3. When is the client nutritionally sufficient?



Course Outline:


INTRODUCTION

An overview of foundational functional nutrition and the occupational focus of the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.


MODULE 1: THE BASICS OF NUTRITION

This module provides information on the framework of the program. Contents include the basics of nutrition, evolution of the modern diet, and guidelines for proper nutrition.


MODULE 2: THE CLIENT CONSULTATION PROCESS

Module 2 provides you with the skills necessary to work effectively with your clients from the initial interview to the follow-up visit.


MODULE 3: INTRODUCTION TO ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

This module offers a general understanding of human physiology and structure, as well as structural organization and anatomical positions. Additional anatomy and physiology studies will be included in each module by system.


MODULE 4:  DIGESTION

Digestion takes the most significant role in determining what nutrients are absorbed into the body, which is fundamental to nutritional therapy. The focus of this module is to understand the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract and how to restore the health of the digestive system by identifying needs for nutritional support. Using evaluative techniques and interview skills students will learn how to assess dietary distress.


MODULE 5: BLOOD SUGAR REGULATION

Australians consume an average of 34kg of refined sugar each year, contributing to a national epidemic of diabetes and obesity. New Zealanders are not far behind, averaging around 30kg per annum. The excessive consumption of carbohydrates and refined sugar is not only a disturbance to the cardiovascular system, but also to the entire endocrine system. Students will learn to assess blood sugar dysregulation, identify dietary stressors and address it with nutritional therapy through the functional evaluation and the Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire.


MODULE 6: ESSSENTIAL FATTY ACID BALANCE

This module highlights the importance of fatty acids in the diet and the necessity of essential fatty acid balance to assess musculoskeletal, endocrine, cardiovascular, and immune problems. Students will learn evaluative techniques to determine what fatty acids are needed to help restore balance in each individual client.


MODULE 7: MINERAL BALANCE

Module 7 highlights the necessity of mineral balance as it relates to pH, proper nerve conduction, muscle function, and tissue growth. Stress, dietary choices, and other lifestyle issues can deplete the body of vital minerals. Students will use interviewing skills, functional evaluation techniques, and the Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire to help identify mineral deficiencies.


MODULE 8: URINARY SYSTEM AND HYDRATION

This module focuses on the importance of kidney health as it relates to proper elimination, maintaining mineral balance, and regulating blood cell production. Also, because dehydration is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies, there is an emphasis on the importance of proper hydration and dehydration prevention.


MODULE 9: ENDOCRINE

Our endocrine system consists of complex relationships. Students will learn to identify hormonal imbalances through addressing the foundations covered in earlier modules. We will examine the dysfunction of endocrine glands as it directly relates to endocrine balance caused by imbalances in the foundations (digestion, blood sugar regulation, mineral balance and hydration). Students will also learn concepts of endocrine individuality and acquire skills to assess each client effectively though the functional evaluation and the Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire.


MODULE 10: ALLERGIES AND IMMUNE WEAKNESS

Chronic allergies are increasing in today's society, but there are ways to support the body to help reverse this dilemma with nutritional therapy. The key to maintaining a healthy immune system is to remove the stressors and strengthen the underlying weakness, further building a strong foundation. Techniques will be taught to identify the root causes and to support the mechanisms of the immune response.


MODULE 11:  THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM

Cardiovascular disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes. The focus of this module is to identify the underlying causes of cardiovascular dysfunction and to help support the body through the foundations before pathology develops.


MODULE 12: NUTRITIONAL DETOXIFICATION

Detoxification happens continuously. It is the process of cleaning, nourishing, and resting the body from the inside out. Proper foundational support will help the body to maintain its detoxification pathways. Students will learn the necessary protocols to establish a successful detoxification program.


MODULE 13: OTHER NUTRITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

Successful weight loss programs, nutritional components essentials to mental and emotional health, nutritional impacts associated with common pharmaceuticals, and the basics of metabolic typing will be discussed in relation to foundational health. Students will learn to identify the relationship between a body out of foundational balance and other nutritional considerations.


MODULE 14: BUSINESS BASICS

To be a successful Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, students need general practice management skills, as well as clinical expertise. This module covers the basics of running a nutritional counseling practice, legal issues, insurance, client management and office procedures.


MODULE 5: BONUS TOPICS

Bonus topics include: Sports Nutrition, Introduction to Research, Introduction to Botanical Medicine, Popular Diets, Fertility, Probiotics, and Enzymes.


In addition –


Written and Practical Exams:
Students are required to pass written and practical exams. The practical exams are designed to demonstrate that each student has the necessary skills and knowledge to earn certification from NTA. Students must pass the written exams with 80 percent or higher and the practical exams with 90 percent or higher.


In-Person Workshop:
Students are required to attend a three in-person workshop sessions during the program to obtain certification.


Homework and Attendance Requirements:
Students are required to complete all homework, required reading, outside community projects, client/practitioner work, and meet attendance requirements in order to become certified. Status and grades will be reported to students in writing. Absences need to be reported to the Instructor.

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