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What is a Nutritional Therapist and How Do I Become One?


Nutritional Therapist

What is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner? 

Nutritional therapy aims to restore the body, thereby healing its imbalances through the holistic approach of utilizing whole nutrient dense foods. The understanding of nutrition as it relates to the body is both a complicated and an easy one. Nutrition therapy brings us back to the foundations of the needs of the body as the answers, for restoring healing to the symptoms that arise do to nutritional imbalance.

What does a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner do? 

Nutritional therapists identify and correct imbalances and deficiencies in relation to nutrition and lifestyle. These changes are incorporated slowly according to each specific individual needs. The Nutritional therapist also teaches and educates about the consequences unbalanced diet and lifestyles habits have on the body over short and long term life span. The Nutritional therapist will correct the imbalances and deficiencies by supporting the physiological foundational needs the body exhibits at the time of consultation. A Nutritional therapist will look at your entire picture, rather than hyper focusing on symptoms alone.  The symptoms are not view as something to be “rid of”, but rather as the body’s signaling a physiological imbalance.


Nutritional therapists will incorporate nutritional dense foods, whole foods, properly prepared foods, detoxification, habitual lifestyle pattern changes and supplementation (only when necessary); to support the body, return to its natural balanced state. 

What is the difference between a nutritionist and a nutritional therapist?

Nutritionists are licensed and adhere by their state laws, which vary from state to state. Nutritionists need to have a master’s or doctoral degree in an accredited institution.  Nutrition Therapy Practitioners are not licensed, they are certified. NTP do not need a MA or Dr degree.


What is the difference between a nutritional therapist and a dietitian? 

Dietitians are licensed and adhere by their state laws, which vary from state to state. Nutritionists need to have a master’s or doctoral degree in an accredited institution.  They must also complete a supervised 900 hours work experience and pass dietitian exam. Nutrition Therapy Practitioners are not licensed, they are certified. NTP’s do not diagnose or treat conditions. 


How to become a nutritional therapist

Become a Nutritional Therapist by enrolling at Nutritional Therapy Association. It is an all online program and it takes 10 months to complete. They have opening time periods in the spring and fall.  Open enrollment begins in February for spring classes starting in May and in May for fall classes starting in September.  The online format style is class base with pre-recorded and live webinars. After completing all 10 months within the class pacing, you will receive your diploma. 


What is a certified nutritional therapy practitioner?

A Certified Therapy Practitioner has undergone 10 months of training in Holistic nutrition and body physiology foundations. After much training, has a good understanding of addressing the foundational physiology deficits needs of the body through a holistic approach.  An NTP follows a holistic, bio individual approach to functional nutrition therapy.  They work with whole nutrient dense foods, lifestyle, cooking techniques, coaching and recognize the influence society as a whole has on the individual. 


How do I train to be a nutritional therapist?

Train to become a Nutritional Therapist Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. This is all online program; internet accessibility is required for this program.  Plan on dedicating a minimum of 20 hours per week to this training.  Watch all the videos, read the books, pass the tests, and submit all assignments for graduation requirements. A book list will be available once admitted to the program and required for purchase to complete the program. 


What is the Nutritional Therapy Association?

The NTA is a non-accredited vocational school in the state of Washington that teach the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program. The school is licensed by the WA state Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. They train individuals to address body imbalance do to nutrition deficiencies, following a holistic nutrition approach to health and wellness. They are approved into the National Association of Nutritional Professionals and recommended as one of their Holistic Nutritional Education Programs.  NTA is a member of the American Nutrition Association. They have by now trained approximately 5,000 Nutritional Therapy Practitioners throughout the USA, Canada, Australia, Asia and Europe


How much does the Nutritional Therapy Association cost a Nutritional Therapy practitioner?


The Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program costs 5,900. Scholarships are available in the amount of 2,500 for each enrollment cycle. They accept payment in form of credit and debit card only. The program also provides a five payment plan of $1,180 with no interest. However there is a finance charge for the payment plan. The finance charge varies depending on time of enrollment. If signing up in February it is $400, in March $450, in April $500 and in May $550. This finance charge is in addition to the 5 split payment plan of $1,180. Also books are not included in this enrollment. Plan on a rough estimate of around $200 for books supplies. Personal loans are also accepted as payments through personal loan institution. Entire payment must be received before registration into the program is permitted. If getting a loan out of the United States, conversion to USD is require. Also for those in the US, they are affiliated with Harborstone Credit Union. The loan through Harborstone credit union takes 12 days to process and membership approval is required prior to applying for a loan. Membership approval can take 24-48 hours after application is submitted.