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Graduate Certificate

What You'll Study

The Graduate Certificate in Functional Nutrition and Herbal Therapy is designed for practicing health professionals to understand the tenets of herbal and functional nutrition in a systems-based approach. The program’s innovative courses, delivered through regular synchronous meetings online, will highlight: functionality of body systems, etiology of diseases, toxic reactions of herbs, interactions with medications, herbal therapy for special populations, dietary approaches to imbalances in the body, and the roles of health care professionals in educating patients on using herbal supplements safely. 

How You'll Learn More

Graduates will gain additional knowledge and practical skills to integrate valuable information into the care of patients. This certificate option consists of 15 semester credit hours of graduate-level courses designed to complement your professional base of knowledge and experience. Students move through a progressive curriculum series of systems-based courses ending in the final clinical applications course to tie it all together.  

Where It Can Take You

Distinguish yourself with a new academic achievement in the practice of nutrition and medicine.  Apply the functional nutrition and herbal therapy principles in helping your clients achieve improved health and wellness. 

After completing this graduate certificate program of study and focused learning objectives, students may desire to go further and pursue the Master of Science in Nutrition degree.  In this case, the interested student must submit a new and complete application to become a degree-seeking student and meet all of the degree program requirements. Please be advised that this certificate program is not available for federal student financial aid.

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Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements:

Working from an interprofessional perspective within the College of Osteopathic Medicine, eligible individuals include audiologists, dentists, physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, pharmacists, registered dietitians, psychologists, or optometrists. Other health-related professionals with certifying credentials and graduate education may apply and will be reviewed by the admissions committee of the M.S. in Nutrition degree program.

* degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university

* official transcripts

* completed application form

* nonrefundable application fee of $50

* one letter of recommendation (professional)

* undergrad GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale (preferred)

Applicants may apply for matriculation into any one of three semesters (fall, winter, or summer). Deadlines for applying are August 1 for the fall semester, December 15 for the winter semester, and April 15 for the summer semester.

Upon receipt of the completed application and required materials, the Committee on Admissions will review the applicant's file and make recommendations to the program director. All final decisions on admission are made by the dean of Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Students must successfully complete the following four courses (15 credits):

NUT 5075 Advanced Practice Principles of Functional Nutrition - Offered fully online

NUT 5305 Clinical Approach to Functional Nutrition 1: Gastrointestinal Systems

NUT 5315 Clinical Approach to Functional Nutrition 2: Endocrine, Immune and Nervous Systems

NUT 5325 Clinical Approach to Functional Nutrition 3: Cardiovascular and Musculoskeletal Systems


Courses can be taken in any sequence.  Please see NSU Course Catalog for more details fo the course descriptions.

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