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Certificate Program

Certificate -Program Format -On-line and Residential Total Hours -1273 Completion Time -24 months Entry -Level
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This training will provide a student with clinical nutrition, nutraceutical and dietary education and training. Professional Liability is also available for part and full time Clinical Nutritionists.

Overview… Health Challenges Of The 21st Century.

More research is coming to light about the earliest stages of disease (such as homocysteine metabolism, prostaglandin imbalance, and systems that have become toxic) that precede any symptoms. Conventional medicine has no approach or answers to these prevalent issues..
A.Increased prevalence of new diseases… Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Autism, ADHD, candida, antibiotic resistant bacteria, obesity, and depression. B.The primary role of Vitamins and Minerals; how they act as the co-enzyme fraction of the apo-enzyme protein complex and their role in DNA and gene expression. Getting nutrients from food vs. supplements. C.The median age of our population is increasing. Aging baby boomers are more appreciative of maintaining their health because it is both empowering and protective. They also don’t want to give their life savings to a hospital. D.Environmental factors that are relatively new to this century are making it difficult for our bodies to naturally adapt to these changes. As a result, we need to augment our diet with supplements as a strategy to compensate and protect ourselves. These environmental factors below are an existing concern to our health.
  • Xenobiotic compounds, such as petro-chemicals that appeared during the industrial revolution. They will pass through the Brain Blood Barrier because the BBB is designed to only protect the brain from water-soluble toxins. Fat-soluble toxins are a recent occurrence in our environment. Our bodies haven’t had enough generations to adapt to this new threat naturally.
  • Antibiotics in our food chain is another example of substances that severely affects our immune system and gut flora.
  • Lack of being breast-fed at infancy cause us to miss out on important immuglobins resulting in allergies and immune deficits.
  • Stress, a major cause of all disease, burdens the immune system and causes health concerns related to cortisol levels.
  • Processed foods, do not contain enough fiber and therefore are low in nutritional value
  • Genetically engineered foods cause numerous health concerns.
  • Genetic predispositions that are idiosyncratic to one’s family history. Supplement programs can be customized to suit unique needs.
  • Heavy Metals cause numerous health and neurological issues.
  • Pesticides and fluoridated water affect our nervous systems.
  • Sugar and soft drinks… flush out minerals causing many other problems.
  • Air pollution is a known toxin and needs to be address through the proper detoxification and nutritional care.
E.Conventional medicine’s approach is sick care; supplements are about prevention, wellness and “health care”.
  • Conventional Medicine is bankrupting the country.
After completion, the graduate will receive a Diploma/Certificate of Completion. They may then start or continue their vocation as a “Clinical Nutritionist”. It authorizes the graduate to assist in the nutritional, nutraceutical and dietary education, detoxification, healing, and empowerment of others according to California SB 577. Graduation from this training does not include the right to diagnose or treat any condition. In California, you must abide by the rules of SB 577, which can be located at A required reading list for this training may be found on-line at CCNM does not sell books, however, we do provide sources for purchasing all reading materials. There will be no refunds after a password is issued for each module. Evaluations and testing will occur after the completion of each module. Upon request by email, tests will be emailed or faxed to the student. A passing grade is 70% or above.
Introduction to Nutrition I
Module 1: 400 Hours Distance Education: Online
Anatomy & Physiology Toxicology
Biochemistry and Endocrinology Detoxification Pathways & Pathogens
Human Biology
Module 2: 375 Hours Distance Education: Online This module will cover the aging process and include the following
  • Nutrition and Disease
    • Periodontal and Dental relationship to nutrition
  • Nutrition Counseling Strategy
  • Nutrition and Aging: Through a number of modern studies and statistics you will explore the biological aging process of the body in detail.
    • Chronic inflammation.
    • C Reactive Protein.
    • Cox 1 and 2. (Cyclooxygenase)
    • Glycation.
    • Methylation Deficit.
    • Mitochondrial Energy Depletion
    • Cardiovascular pathology
    • Neurological disease.
    • Hormone Imbalance.
    • Excess Calcification.
    • Fatty Acid Imbalance.
    • DNA Mutation.
    • Immune Dysfunction.
    • Non-Digestive Enzyme Imbalance.
    • Digestive Enzyme Deficit: Enzymes… What they are and what they do.
    • Excitotoxicity.
    • Circulatory Deficit.
    • Oxidative Stress.
    • Homocysteine Metabolism.
    • Prostaglandins and Pathology.
    • Brain/Cognitive Heath & Depression
Therapeutic Nutrition II
Module 3: 300 hours Distance Education: Online
  • Nutrition & Supplementation: Learn the function of each vitamin, amino acid and mineral within the body, as well as, doses and symptoms of deficiency. This includes understanding effects of free radical exposure and antioxidant usage.
    • Vitamins…
    • Fat soluble vs. Water soluble,
    • Anti-oxidants
    • CO-Q 10 and more
    • Minerals
    • Trace Minerals
    • Amino Acids…
    • Free form vs. peptides, large neutral vs. small neutral
    • GH releasing, which ones should vegetarians take?
    • Essential Fatty Acids
    • Probiotics & Prebiotics
    • Flavonols & Flavonoids
    • Digestive Enzymes
    • Detoxification including Heavy Metals
    • Miscellaneous Nutrients
  • Cooked vs Raw Foods: Dietary Evaluations
  • Specific dietary need categories
    • Sports Nutrition and Energy
    • Digestive Support
    • Weight Loss
    • Joint Repair/Inflammation
    • Allergies
    • Men’s Health
    • Women’s Health
    • Stress
    • Antioxidant Support
    • Skin Support
    • Brain Health (Neuroceuticals) & Depression
    • Heart Health
    • Cold and Flu/Immune Support
  • Nutritional Healing Chart
  • Glycemic Index
Module 4: 48 hours Residential
  • Nutrition Assessment: Using blood chemistry reports to assess nutritional needs and a written Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire.
Module 5: 150 hours Distance Education: Online OnLine Herbology

2018 SPFS Clinical Nutritionist

2017 Annual Report

Online and residential classes

Student Tuition Recovery Fund
Total Tuition and Fees
Equipment and Other Fees
NOT included
All payments will be made payable and mailed to:

California College of Natural Medicine

Mailing Address 1237 South Victoria, #169, Oxnard, CA 93035
Physical Address 143 Figueroa, Ventura, CA 93002
Student Tuition Recovery Fund The Students Tuition Recovery Fund (“STRF”) was established by the Legislature to protect any California resident who attends a private postsecondary institution from losing money if they prepaid tuition and suffer a financial loss as a result of the school closing, failing to live up to its enrollment agreement, or refusing to pay a court judgment. To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident and reside in California at the time the enrollment agreement is signed or when you receive lessons at a California mailing address from an approved institution offering correspondence instruction. Students who are temporarily residing in California for the sole purpose of pursuing an education, specifically those who hold student visas, are not considered California residents for this purpose. The Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate is fifty cents ($ .50) per thousand ($1000) of institutional charges.
We also accept and payments, unless you choose to finance your program. Except for those fees specified above, there are no other fees for equipment, housing, transportation, books, necessary supplies, materials, shop fees, or other fees the student will incur upon enrollment from California College of Natural Medicine. All textbooks may be purchased from outside sources of student’s choice. BPPE Report