Nutritional Therapy Practitioners® work with bio-individual human physiology and function everyday. The results for health and wellness for their clients are profound.
If you are wondering what nutrition has to do with your current health concerns, here's a simple explanation. It all comes down to cells. When our cells are nutrient deficient we go on a downward spiral. The role of a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner is to assist their clients to re-establish cellular health. Part of this is understanding the warning signs and signals our body gives us every day about underlying dysfunction.
An NTA-approved library list:
Healing with Whole Foods | Paul Pitchford
Worlds Healthiest Foods | George Mateljan
The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods | Michael Myrray, N.D., Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., Lara Pizzorno, M.A., L.M.T
Pottenger's Prophecy | Gray Graham
Eat Naked | Margaret Floyd, NTP, CHFS, HHC
Why Some Like it Hot: Food, Genes and Cultural Diversity | Gary Nabhan
Dr. Jensen's Guide to Better Bowel Care | Dr. Bernard Jensen
Digestive Wellness | Elizabeth Lipsky
Dangerous Grains | James Braly, Ron Hogan & Jonathan Wright
Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia | Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D.
The Second Brain | Michael D. Gershon, M.D.
Life Without Bread | C. B. Allen, PhD, W. Lutz, M.D.
Sugar Blues | William Dufty
Caffeine Blues | Stephen Cherniske
Primal Body-Primal Mind | Nora Gedgaudas, CNS, NTP
Pottenger's Cats | Francis Pottenger, Jr., M.D.
Effect of Heat-Processed Foods | Francis Pottenger, Jr., M.D.
Protein Power | Michael & Mary Dan Eades, M.D.'s
Eat Fat, Lose Fat | Mary Enig, Ph.D and Sally Fallon
Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill | Udo Erasmus
Water the Ultimate Cure | Steven Meyerowitz
Body Type Diet | Elliot D. Abravanel, M.D.
Our Stolen Future | T. Colborn, D. Dumanoski, J. Myers
Oxytocin Factor | Moberg, Francis & Uvnas-Moberg
The Pulse Test | Arthur Coca
The Homocysteine Revolution | Kilmer S. McCully, MD
The Crazy Makers | Carol Simontacchi
The Detox Book | Bruce Fife
The Fast Track Detox | Ann Louise Gittleman
Herb, Nutrient and Drug Interaction | Mitch Stargrove
The Nutrition Solution | Harold J. Kristal, D.D.S. and James M Haig, N.C.
Fast Food Nation | Eric Schlosser
Fat Flush Plan | Ann Louise Gittleman, M.S., C.N.S.
Metabolic Typing Diet | William Wolcott & Trish Fahey
Holistic Herbal: Complete Illustrated Guide | David Hoffman
Nutritional Herbology: A Reference Guide to Herbs | Mark Pedersen
Legal Guidelines for Unlicensed Practitioners | Dr. Lawrence Wilson
The Small Business Owner's Manual | Joe Kennedy
How to Open or Improve A Successful Alternative Health Care Practice | Theodore W. Robinson
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity | David Allen
Networking Magic | Rick Frishman & Jill Lublin
Summing Up: The Science of Reviewing Research | Richard J. Light and David B. Pillemer
The Craft of Research | Wayne Booth, Gregory Colomb & Joseph Williams
Q. Is your program accredited?
A.The Nutritional Therapy Association is a private vocational school in Washington State, USA. Our program is not government-acredited in USA or Australia. However, In Australia we are recognised by the following professional bodies: the Australian Committee of Natural Therapies, the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and the International Institute for Complementary Therapists. Once you have become certified by the NTA, you will be eligible to register with one of these organisations. This will provide you with the ability to acquire Professional Indemnity Insurance and your right to practice as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
Q. Does your program prepare you to sit for board exams?
A.Not in Australia. Currently, our Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) Program is recognised by the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP) in the USA. Graduates of our programs can sit for NANP's national board exam.
Q. What are the prerequisites for the program?
A. The only prerequisite is a high school education. The Nutritional Therapist Training Program is not a 4-year program or a prerequisite for a four-year dietetics program. Students must also have access to high-speed internet and be comfortable working in an online environment, as a majority of the coursework will be done online.
Q. How long is the program and does it have to be completed consecutively?
A. NTA courses are one year in duration and must be completed within the scheduled time. It is the equivalent of a two-year full-time equivalent program condensed into an intensive, one-academic-year format. There are two approximately two-week term breaks during the program. Please note that workshop attendance is required to obtain certification. There are three weekend-workshops for the NTP course, wherein there is an allowable maximum of 8 missed hours.
Q. Would it be practical to take this course while working full time?
A. Many of our students have full-time jobs so, yes, it is entirely possible to work full-time and complete the program. However, students should plan to spend 15-20 hours per week studying. We also recommend you begin your reading even before the class starts, if possible.
Q. Can I take the program even though I don't know if I want to start a business?
A. Yes, about 30 percent of our students take the training for personal interest, about 30 percent start their own practice, and the other 40 percent are health care practitioners who add this training to their existing knowledge and/or practice.
Q. What kind of degree or certification will I receive when I complete one of your programs?
A. 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 PractitionerTM (NTP).
Q. Will you be offering this course every year?
A. Yes. We currently hold two classes a year, in Brisbane and Melbourne.
Q. What types of positions are available for graduates of your programs?
A. Some graduates combine their certificate with existing licenses/certificates in alternative medicine. Many have established a private practice as a nutritional consultant. We have some graduates working in a clinical setting with other like-minded professionals. NTA has also graduated numerous healthcare professionals such as chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncturists, registered nurses, and massage therapists. The NTP program does not qualify you to work in a hospital or other government regulated settings as a nutritionist.
Q. Is this certification recognised by government bodies?
A. Countries and regions vary in their requirements for certification/licensure for those providing nutritional counseling and advice. Current regulations in Australia and New Zealand allow NTPs to establish their own practice. Some states in the USA, however, require licensure, so you would want to work under the supervision of a licensed practitioner. The Department of Health in your region should have complete information on their individual requirements, and we encourage you to do this research.
Q. Will I be able to bill insurance for my services?
A. Because our program is a certification program and not a licensure program, you will not be able to bill insurance for your services or supplementation unless you have other licensure that allows you this privilege.
Q. What part does diet play in your programs?
A. Diet is a very large part of our programs. A cornerstone of our programs is our belief that proper nutrition has to be built on a foundation of properly prepared, nutrient-dense foods. Though we discuss supplementation in our programs, especially relating to our Functional Evaluation and lingual-neuro testing technique, our instructors emphasise the need for food to be the primary source of nutrition.
Q. Is the nutrition training based primarily on supplement use or can the techniques be used with herbs and foods?
A. Our primary focus is a properly prepared, nutrient-dense diet. However, we do discuss supplementation throughout our curriculums. Our Functional Evaluation techniques are most commonly used with supplements and herbal remedies, but foods can be used as well.
Q. What is included in the curriculums? What is required for certification?
A. 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, community project, outside client/practitioner folders, review audio and video lecture content online, attend any required workshops, and pass a written and practical midterm and final exam. More details are available in the Course Catalogue.
Q. How is this nutrition programs different from other courses?
A. The Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Program offers a whole food-based nutritional paradigm with a holistic approach for addressing health and wellness. Our programs are based on a foundational approach to nutrition. We emphasise allegiance to the teachings of such pioneering greats as Dr. Weston Price and Dr. Francis Pottenger. We believe that each person is biologically individual and has within them an innate intelligence. Our programs offer a system of evaluative measurements that help identify nutritional weaknesses in the body. The Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire combined with the Functional Evaluation and lingual-neuro testing gives powerful tools to assess a client's biochemical individuality. These techniques allow a practitioner to make personalised diet and lifestyle recommendations that will promote health and wellness.
Q. How much is the course?
A. Currently, it is USD$5,900. Finance is available for tuition fees. (Please note tuition does not include required reading, travel, testing tools, or hotel accommodations for workshops if required.)
Q. How much can a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner earn?
A. Salaries for NTPs can range from $50 to $125 per hour or more, depending on location, experience, and other certifications/ licenses.
Q. Is financing available?
A. NTA Australia partners with Auswide Bank to offer loans for tuition and books. Loans carry terms of up to 5 years, with competitive fixed or variable interest rates. View a pre-approval request form here. Make sure you complete Promo Code: NTA.
Q. Are there any scholarships available?
A. These are not currently offered in Australia or New Zealand. Be sure to join our mailing list though, we'll notify you when we do.
Q. Where are the workshops held?
A. Currently in Brisbane for the Brisbane class and Melbourne for the Melbourne Class (these are not interchangeable), three times throughout the course year.
Q. Will you train me how to open my own business?
A. We do discuss business basics in Module 14. However, some graduates have gone on to complete additional training on how to run an efficient small business or private practice. Several of our graduate NTPs offer excellent programs.
Q. Will this course give me credits towards a diploma or degree elsewhere?
A. This course advocates a whole-food, nutrient dense diet and is a wonderful addition to university-level education, however, it will not count towards such study should wish to pursue it.
Q. Does this class count as continuing education credits?
A. Sometimes continuing education credits can be applied to other certificates and/or licenses. Enquiries must be made to the institution that awarded the license or certificate.
Q. How many CEUs do I need to keep my certificate current after I graduate?
A. NTA requires 24 CEUs every two years to keep the NTP or NTC certification current. At least 12 of the credits need to be directly related to nutrition. Up to 12 can be non-nutrition related but need to support your business in some way.
Q. How many CEUs does one receive per class?
A. One CEU credit is given per one hour spent in class.
Q. Do you offer any other courses?
A. In the USA, we also offer a Nutritional Therapy Consultant (NTC) course. Fundamentally, an NTP and an NTC are the same. They both employ foundationally based nutritional recommendations, evaluate food journals, utilise our Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire and make dietary and supplemental recommendations. However, the NTP course has the additional tool of our Functional Evaluation and subsequent lingual-neuro testing that allows them to further tailor nutritional recommendations to the client's needs. Advanced level courses for NTPs are also made available from time to time.
Q. How do I register?
A. To download a registration form, please download a Registration Packet here. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and you will be added to a class once payment is received. If you are applying for a loan, we must receive notification that the loan has been approved before you will be registered. We look forward to seeing you in class!
How does an NTA course compare to some of the other tuition available? Here's our handy guide.
|NTA NTP Course||University Degree in Nutrition||Institute for Integrative Nutrition|
|Study the foundations of human health||Yes||Varies||No|
|One academic year||Yes||No - 4 years||Yes|
|Learn Functional Evaluation techniques||Yes||No||No|
|Flexible online learning||Yes||Varies||Yes|
|Minimum 72 hours of contact time||Yes||Yes||No|
Comprehensive anatomy and physiology
We believe our Nutritional Therapy program has unique characteristics that set us apart from other schools by providing strong clinical skills and evaluation procedures that are unique in our industry.
However, we have a shared goal with all nutritional schools of supporting wellness through proper bio-individual nutrition.
See what our graduates have to say about studying with NTA Australia/New Zealand. NTA was launched in Australia in 2015, and since then we have trained some very talented Nutritional Therapy Practitioners, who have gone on to open their own busy practices, changing the lives of countless people.
The NTP program is ideal for working with clients in person, using food, diet and lifestyle recommendations paired with the powerful functional assessment tool that allows the practitioner to connect directly to the body's innate intelligence to identify areas in need of nutritional support.