Certifications

Nutritional Certification: Creating a Path for Success

In today's information-rich society, patients are looking for practitioners (and staff) that are passionate and focused in their nutritional care. There are so many options for patients to receive nutritional guidance - their medical doctor, health food stores, online forums, multi-level marketing product representatives, podcasts, blogs...the list is endless. Unfortunately, not all sources are created equal, many are just rackets to make money and most don't have the ability to truly assess the patient and get to the root cause.

So why certify?

  • To show your patients that you are invested in their health and wellness
  • To learn structured methods for nutritional assessment and evaluation
  • To reinforce that your recommendations are based in study, as well as clinical application
  • To demonstrate that continuing your education is critical to your patients' optimal care
  • To build your confidence and expertise in the field of nutrition
  • To separate yourself from your peers and provide expertise in your community
  • To position your clinic as a multi-faceted center for natural health, nutrition and lifestyle change.

Join us. Make the time for a nutritional focus and you will surely be surprised at how this manifests in your life and your practice. Earn the certification and display it proudly.

Oh, one more thing. Adequately trained staff with identifiable roles have been shown to positively contribute to patient satisfaction, compliance and the bottom line. Consider providing your staff with the right tools and training to support your nutritional practice.

 

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CEU SEMINARS

Standard Process CEU seminars are approved contact and count toward certification.

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Required Study

Your welcome box includes books, articles and audio that cover foundational topics.

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ELECTIVE STUDY

You have freedom to select from an array of materials that suit your personal interests.


100-hour whole food nutrition certification program designed for health care practitioners (some exceptions are considered – see FAQs)

Focus your passion for nutrition and receive recognition for your time and efforts by enrolling in our post-graduate certification in Applied Clinical Nutrition, sponsored by Texas Chiropractic College (TCC).

  • Continuing Education Seminars - (60 hours) Attend post-graduate, continuing education seminars sponsored by TCC or other accredited chiropractic colleges. These credits can be from nutrition-related seminars and/or online programs that meet this criteria. Enrollees are welcome to choose their seminar topics.
  • Required Independent Study - (20 hours) Selected reading and audio materials will be sent to you in your welcome packet and will create a foundation in whole food nutrition. An online quiz will be required at the completion of each unit. Download PDF Here
  • Elective Independent Study - (20 hours) Elective study hours allow the enrollee to customize their certification experience with approved nutritional books, webinars, teleconferences, study groups, articles or written research, case study submissions, health-related movies and audio programs, concurrent college courses or certifications or conference attendance. Some enrollees may choose additional post-graduate CEU seminar hours in lieu of independent study.


Applied Clinical Nutrition (ACN) Certification FAQ:

Who is eligible for the Applied Clinical Nutrition (ACN) certification?

Applicants for the ACN that are chiropractors or other licensed health care practitioners or Standard Process® account holders will automatically be approved for participation. Dedicated clinical nutrition staff members sponsored by their licensed practitioner will need to complete an application for review, and possibly interview, prior to approval into the program. So, we do have some flexibility with non-licensed applicants. Other, less qualified applicants may want to consider the Nutritional Clinical Assistant (NCA) certification.

What is included in the ACN tuition fee?

The ACN program tuition includes the Required Independent Study materials in the welcome box, handouts and online quizzes, a study guide and curriculum planning guidelines, three 45- minute coaching sessions, a variety of free eLearning courses to fulfill elective hours, online study groups, access to our practitioner library of tools and resources and a detailed 100 question final exam. Upon completion, Whole Food Practice’s Project Manager will finalize your transcript, complete the necessary submission paper work and fees (already included in the tuition) and the final, approved certificate will be sent to you. Once received, you may use the ACN designation after your name.

What is not included in the ACN tuition fee?

CEU seminar, online CEU courses and some Elective Independent Study. The fees to attend CEU seminars need to be paid to the host (usually the Standard Process area rep or other CEU seminar host) and they will submit your request and proof of complete attendance so that the sponsoring Chiropractic College provides you with an official voucher based on verified sign in and sign out and paid fees.

Online CEU courses also track your activity, often include a quiz and provide a completion record sponsored by an accredited chiropractic college. Online CEU courses sponsored by other entities (non-chiropractic) could be used for Elective Independent Study, but not to fulfill the CEU credit hour requirements.

You may also incur some additional fees for Elective Independent Study that you choose to pursue - books you want to read and add to your library, other nutritional certification programs, online elective courses, college courses, etc. Our goal is to be sure that each enrollee has access to a minimum of 20 complimentary Elective Independent Study hours on the Whole Food Education eLearning platform so, additional fees for this requirement are a choice and not a necessity.

Why do I have to pay for continuing education credits at seminars?

Some seminars provide pricing for CEU and non-CEU attendees, but everyone gets the same materials and benefit, so why pay the extra fee? In order for our certifications to be sponsored by an accredited, higher education entity and for you to receive a designation to use with your name (ACN), we’ve aligned ourselves with Texas Chiropractic College and they use strict guidelines to approve qualified speakers, review course content for legitimate learning, verify attendance and provide an official transcript of attendance. They have also agreed to honor CEU credits that our ACN enrollees take (nationwide), so long as those seminars and online courses are also sponsored by an accredited chiropractic college. CEU courses that have been vetted and verified make up 66% of the ACN program and therefore can be recognized and sponsored by an institution of higher learning.

How do I inform Whole Food Practice of the CEU seminars and electives that I am completing?

Approved enrollees will sign into our website and access the eLearning education platform. Navigate to the ACN Certification course, scroll down to Elective Independent Study or Continuing Education Credits, click the first submission available and an online form will guide you through some questions to submit elective credit requests, share proof of attendance materials or to attach a CEU transcript voucher. We collect these official documents and add them to your online tracking spreadsheet and file your completed transcript with Texas Chiropractic College at the end of your program.

Why is the Back to School for Doctors seminar in Colorado required for ACN enrollees?

Back to School for Doctors is held annually each September in Denver, CO and is considered the largest whole food nutrition seminar attended by Standard Process® and MediHerb® practitioners in the country. Each year approximately 600 practitioners and staff make the pilgrimage to learn foundational concepts often forgotten in today’s media haze of nutritional misinformation. One visit to Back to School for Doctors is strongly encouraged during the course of the program. It allows for 12 CEUs, so keep that in mind when planning CEU seminar participation. Exceptions will be made for some candidates that cannot attend the Back to School seminar for personal or health reasons, but honestly, we feel that it is a foundational component of the program and you would be missing out by not making this a priority.

Where do I purchase some of the suggested reading materials for the Elective Independent Study?

A majority of the print or audio materials suggested as electives for the ACN and NCA certifications are published by Selene River Press, Inc. All enrollees get a 10% discount on Selene River Press purchases through our private page on that website - so don’t order anything without the link. This will be sent to all enrollees once they are accepted into the program and a new link and promo code will be provided at the beginning of each calendar year. If you want to check our Selene River Press before you make a decision - visit them at https://www.seleneriverpress.com.

How long does it take to complete the ACN program?

We anticipate that most ACN enrollees will take between 9 months - 2 years to complete the program, totally based on how much time and effort they are able to expend. The biggest holdup to quick completion is attending enough CEU seminars. That’s why we also allow online CEU courses in nutrition and herbs, so long as they are sponsored by an accredited chiropractic college.

Our timeframe is a guideline, not a deadline. We will not be charging anyone extra fees if they do not finish within 2 years, but we may be calling and emailing to see how we can help them complete their program. Our staff have personally enrolled in a couple of certifications, then life happened, and we have missed the deadline and had to pay ½ of the original tuition to continue. We’re not going to do that - but we will try to keep everyone engaged and motivated.

Can I use CEU seminar credits that I have already attended to fulfill the CEU segment?

Of course, many chiropractors and other licensed healthcare practitioners attend CEU seminars on a regular basis for license renewal. If you have already paid for CEU nutrition seminars that are sponsored by an accredited chiropractic college and you have the official transcript or voucher approving the credit, then yes, we can transfer previous CEU credits into your ACN certification. Here is the fine print - in order to remain relevant and fair to the process, transfer CEU credits cannot be more than 2 years old.

Can I receive Elective Independent Study credits for other programs or certifications I have participated in?

There are some incredible programs out there - learning that would fit very nicely in our Elective Independent Study portion of the ACN program (20 hours). We encourage nutrition-based organizations and health and nutrition speakers to connect with us regarding their programs so we can review them for content and pre-approve Elective Independent Study credits. We also encourage our enrollees to submit requests for programs they would like considered for Elective Independent Study. We may accept programs with conditions, for example, if no tests are administered by the program provider to ensure learning and review of the material, we may insist on a submission to prove effectiveness. Although we are waiting to review additional programs, the following collaborators have pre-approved credits:

• Weston A Price: Wise Traditions Annual Conference

• IFNH, Certified Clinician in Whole Food Nutrition (CCWFN), 100-hr Certification

• Society of Wellness Nutritional Systems, Functional Herbal Therapy Course with Lee Carroll

• Gaeta Communications, Autoimmune Mastery Program & Endocrine Mastery Program

What is covered in the ACN coaching sessions included in the certification?

The topics of the ACN coaching sessions are totally driven by the enrolled student and the student is 100% responsible for booking these sessions by calling our office or booking an appointment on our website. If someone is struggling with the concept of being coached or asking for professional help, this structured plan serves as a guide:

Session One: Introduction and planning meeting, customizing your ACN experience, staying on track, understanding your resources and networks - typically occurs within the first 3-6 weeks of receiving your Welcome Box and reviewing the content.

Session Two: Questions on nutritional concepts, challenging theories or changes in paradigm, sharing patient cases and receiving protocol assistance, seeking additional learning tracts, receiving feedback about certification progress, business and marketing strategies, final exam prep, etc. typically occurs within between 4–8 months, but it can be anytime.

Session Three: Continued questions on patient cases and receiving protocol assistance, seeking additional learning tracts, receiving feedback about certification progress, business and marketing strategies, discussion about final exam, etc. - typically occurs within between 8-15 months, but some enrollees will be near completion during this timeframe.

Additional coaching sessions for ACN enrollees may be purchased as single sessions or packages once these complimentary sessions have been used.

How do I prepare for the final examination?

The final exam is a culmination of the required materials and quizzes, foundational nutrition concepts, critical learning from national Standard Process® speakers and current nutritional topics relevant to a whole food therapeutic practice. We will provide a comprehensive study guide that will walk you through the important learning. You may take notes in the guide and use it as an “open book” while taking your final examination.

What structure and process does the final examination follow?

The final examination is a 100 question, online test that provides immediate scoring, wrong answer tips and additional topic reminders for continued learning after the exam. Each enrollee must pass the exam with an 80% score or higher and it can be taken more than once in order to achieve this passing score. You may keep your resources and study guide open during this test, but you may not use the internet to search topics and answers.

What is the refund policy for the ACN or NCA certification?

We provide each potential enrollee with ample time to ask questions during our complimentary discovery session and email exchanges. We also do not pressure anyone into purchasing any certification programs. Once a practitioner or staff member submits their application, is notified of approval and payment is processed, no refunds will be offered or negotiated.


This is a Pilot Program

(The certification will be finalized soon)
1

CEU SEMINARS

Standard Process CEU seminars are approved contact and count toward certification.

2

Required Study

Your welcome box includes books, articles and audio that cover foundational topics.

3

ELECTIVE STUDY

You have freedom to select from an array of materials that suit your personal interests.


100-hour training curriculum especially for office staff taking a more active role in the nutrition segment of clinical practice

Encourage staff to upgrade their skill set by earning an administrative certificate in nutritional support. Participants completing this certification will demonstrate competency in foundational nutritional concepts, proper patient interaction, basic nutritional tests and assessment, as well as marketing and communications.

Participants will be rewarded with an administrative certificate once they learn foundational nutritional concepts, proper patient interaction and basic assessment skills, also sponsored through Texas Chiropractic College (TCC).

Important note for 2018-2019 enrollees - the NCA certification is a Pilot Program, meaning that the tuition fee is 60% discounted in exchange for more frequent surveys on the quality of the program, phase released materials and required input and suggestions. We will finalize the program after 9-12 months.

  • Continuing Education Seminars - (48 hours) Enrolled assistants require fewer sponsored seminars, but will attend the same continuing education programs offered to practitioners, receiving credit for their participation from TCC or other accredited chiropractic colleges. These credits can be from nutrition-related seminars and/or online programs that meet this criteria. Enrollees are welcome to choose their seminar topics.
  • Required Independent Study - (32 hours) Each participant will receive a welcome package with required reading and audio materials, while other units will be accessed through our eLearning education site. Direct guidance and reminders will guide the enrollee and an online quiz is required at the completion of each unit.
  • Elective Independent Study - (20 hours) Select from our list of independent study options, including webinars, podcasts, nutritional books, health-related movies and audio programs. Participants are encouraged to submit requests to evaluate programs not listed, like related college courses or local conferences.


Nutritional Clinical Assistant (NCA) Certification FAQ:

Who is eligible for the Nutritional Clinical Assistant (NCA) certification?

Applicants for the NCA are staff members that are sponsored by their employer (typically a licensed healthcare practitioner). Previous experience of any kind is not required or necessary and the enrollee will not be expected or encouraged to directly analyze a patient case or determine a protocol without guidance. Staff members will be stepping up into a more active supportive nutritional role in the clinic, so in addition to new skills, the enrollee should be provided with a clear path to implement process changes and become more hands-on.

Does the sponsoring healthcare practitioner have any responsibilities during this program?

The Whole Food Practice staff will send an online questionnaire to the sponsoring practitioner at the 4 and 8 month mark of enrollment. This questionnaire will require an brief exchange on new skills and application, confidence with patients, new business and marketing strategies and how we can help the enrollee get more from the program.

We recommend that the sponsoring practitioner schedule quarterly performance reviews with the enrollee during this period so that there is time to discuss roadblocks and to give the staff member the support they need in the next 3 month period.

Should the sponsoring practitioner need help with reviews, staff training and support, recreating internal processes, etc, they are welcome to book a consultation to cover these topics and receive important training and tools.

What is a pilot program?

The NCA Program is being rolled out in three phases so we can test materials and coursework. For this reason we are only charging ½ the price (just enough to cover the costs of print materials and online participation) in exchange for mandatory and honest feedback, when requested. All new NCA pilot enrollees will be added to our systems immediately, however, materials will be sent in sent in 3 phases over the first 9 months beginning. The first installment will be the foundational nutritional concepts in audio and print formats, followed by a unit in health and human sciences and then finally business and patient education practices. Even though this is a pilot program, Texas Chiropractic College has reviewed the required content and is sponsoring the certification.

How do I prepare for the final examination?

The final exam is a culmination of the required materials and quizzes, foundational nutrition concepts, critical learning from national Standard Process® speakers and current nutritional topics relevant to a whole food therapeutic practice. We will provide a comprehensive study guide that will walk you through the important learning. You may take notes in the guide and use it as an “open book” while taking your final examination.

What structure and process does the final examination follow?

The final examination is a 100 question, online test that provides immediate scoring, wrong answer tips and additional topic reminders for continued learning after the exam. Each enrollee must pass the exam with an 80% score or higher and it can be taken more than once in order to achieve this passing score. You may keep your resources and study guide open during this test, but you may not use the internet to search topics and answers.

What is the refund policy for the NCA certification?

We provide each potential enrollee with ample time to ask questions during our complimentary discovery session and email exchanges. We also do not pressure anyone into purchasing any certification programs. Once a practitioner or staff member submits their NCA application, receives notification of approval and payment is processed, no refunds will be offered or negotiated.

How long does it take to complete the NCA certification?

Since the NCA certification is currently in Pilot status, meaning we are assessing and evolving the materials with feedback and time, we anticipate that staff will finish within 12 months. We want NCA enrollees using new information and skills in the clinic immediately. The NCA program will also have more structure, more required independent study and a set schedule for some materials. This will allow us to “push” the process a little more. Just like the ACN certification, we will not penalize anyone that doesn’t make that timeline happen, but we will set the pace for success.


Compare the Programs

ACN (Applied Clinical Nutrition)

designed for primary practitioners, self-paced program, typically takes 12-24 months to complete depending on personal pace.

NCA (Nutritional Clinical Assistant)

designed for supportive clinical staff, more structure and guidance, anticipate a 12-18 month completion average.

 

Category of Learning Description ACN NCA

Continuing Education Seminars (CEUs)

Practitioners and staff attend post-graduate, continuing education nutrition seminars or online courses sponsored by an accredited chiropractic college and receive an official participation voucher.

60 hrs

48 hrs

Required Independent Study

Selected reading and audio materials are sent to each enrollee to fulfill the core philosophy and teachings of whole food nutrition. This category is self-paced, requiring a passing quiz score for each unit.

20 hrs

32 hrs

Elective Independent Study

Webinars, podcasts, nutritional books, healthrelated movies, study groups, teleconferences, and concurrent certifications may be used to customize the certification experience and focus on interests.

20 hrs

20 hrs