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Become a Functional
&
Nutritional Medicine Practitioner

As a Functional Medicine provider, you will have a deeper understanding of the dietary, lifestyle, environmental, cellular, and emotional factors that lead to or aggravate chronic and inflammatory diseases.

Nutritional & Herbal Medicine

Evidence-based strategies and treatment protocols for your patients, including nutrition, herbs, and supplements

Functional Labs

How to order and work with advanced Functional labs, as well as genetic and epigenetic testing

Advanced Functional Medicine

Learn the clinical application of Funcitonal medicine and how to identify and address the triggers of chronic diseases

Practitioner ToolBox

Done-For-You clinical guides and patient handouts, a consultation and a Funcitonal evaluation forms, a 7-step anti-inflammatory guide, a healthy cookbook and 30-day meal plan, stress relief guide, and more.

Practice Building & Growth

Learn how to build and grow a virtual or an in-person practice, from building a website, how to get new clients, and increasing your income

Advanced Specialty Classes

Learn about the treatment of autoimmune, geriatric, women's and men's health, metabolic conditions, orthopedic, and cardiovascular conditions with Functional, Integrative, and Nutritional medicine

Focused on Clinical Application of Functional and Nutritional Medicine

Learn Functional Labs, Evidence-based Treatment Protocols, herbs, and supplements

100% Online and Self-Paced with 24/7 access from every device

Learn How to Build and Grow Your Practice (in-person or virtual)

What Our Students Say!

“The functional medicine certification course was very enriching, I learned so much and I was able to get certified in a short amount of time. Great speakers, great content."

Larissa Gbone, MSN, FNP, CRNP, CFMP
Functional Health & Wellness, LLC

“I have been looking for a course that is comprehensive and affordable at the same time to be certified as a functional practitioner.  This course is a game-changer for me and many of my other fellow practitioners in the industry”

Dr. Mansi Shah, B. Pharm, PharmD
Beyond Coaching, Holistic Nutrition Coaching

"Excellent course! Great speakers with extremely practical and useful information. I would highly recommend this course to any of my colleagues with pleasure."

Dr. Sanjay Murthy, MD, MPH
Physician at Wellhealth Medical Associates Clinic

“I enjoyed how well organized the course was, how convenient it was to access at any time to complete the modules, and how knowledgeable all the presenters were.”

Zerla Stoller, PA-C
Thriving With Zerla

Get Certified As a

Functional
Medicine

Provider

What The Program Includes?
  • Functional & Nutritional Medicine Training Modules

    Learn the science and clinical application of Functional and Nutritional Medicine. Training includes how to identify external and internal factors that lead to chronic diseases, how to order Functional labs, and treatment strategies.

  • The Complete Herbal Medicine and Supplements Training Course

    Learn how to safely and effectively prescribe and recommend herbal medicine and nutritional supplements to support the healing process

  • 24/7 Full Access

    Including access from most devices (computer, tablet, and phone) to all the training lectures, class handouts, and quizzes to asses your knowledge about Functional, Nutritional, and Integrative Medicine

  • Final Certification Exam

    A comprehensive exam with clinical cases to improve your understanding and application of the material you learned. Feedback is received immediately to improve your knowledge

  • Certification of Completion

    Upon completion of the requirements, a certificate of completion will be issued to document your achievement as a Functional and Nutritional Medicine Certified Practitioner. You will also be listed in the graduate directory

  • Get Clients with our Coaching, Sales, and Marketing training

    A comprehensive training on establishing and growing a Functional and nutritional medicine practice.

  • A Practitioner’s ToolBox

    Includes clinical guides on Functional labs, supplements, and establishing a virtual and in-person clinic, as well as patient's handouts, health and diet surveys, 6-week anti-inflammatory guide, a healthy cookbook and 30-day meal plan, stress relief guide, and more.

  • Ongoing Support and Coaching Call to grow your practice

    on-going support from our team and our success coaches to guide you in the right direction

What the program includes...

Click Here to See the Program Syllabus
  • Introduction to Functional Medicine 
  • Review of differences and similarities between primary care, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and Functional Medicine. 
  • Review of organs function & organs integrity in Functional Medicine
  • Review of the functional connection between organs and systems in the body.
  • The Functional Medicine Practitioner RoadMap
  • A review of immunology in health and disease
  • Immunology in health & disease: a review
  • The adaptive immune response B-lymphocytes and antibodies and T-lymphocytes
  • Barrier defenses, the innate immune response, and immune response
  • Diseases associated with depressed or overactive immune responses
  • Cytokines and inflammatory, autoimmune, and degenerative diseases
  • The impact of environmental chemicals on immune function
  • Important nutrients for immune function
  • Physical activity, body weight, and cytokines
  • Stress and cytokines
  • Supplements to support healthy immune function

Understanding the mechanism of chronic inflammation as the basis of multiple conditions including chronic inflammatory, autoimmune, and neurodegenerative conditions. The class also discusses neuroinflammation and sickness behavior, such as anxiety or depression. 

  • A review of environmental contaminants, heavy metals and other industrial chemicals in food, water, air, house-hold products, and living environment 
  • A review of endogenous toxins
  • Chemical sensitivity and inflammatory reaction to toxic exposure
  • Chemicals and changes in genetic expression
  • Laboratory testing for environmental chemicals using blood, urine, hair, stool, sweat
  • Resources and recommendations for a reduction in exposure to environmental chemicals
  • Endocrine disruptors: The Environmental, hormonal, and metabolic conditions
  • Review of detoxification process, Phase I, II, and III
  • Assessment of toxic load and laboratory testing
  • Dietary strategies, lifestyle guidelines, and supplements to prevent and treat toxic accumulation and support a healthy detoxification process

● Review of digestion and absorption of nutrients
● Association between digestion function and integrity and chronic conditions
● Association between drugs, stress, and environmental factors and gastrointestinal function
● Gut microbiome in health and disease
● A review of pathophysiology and nutritional therapies for intestinal permeability, small intestine bacterial overgrowth, dysbiosis, and fungal infection
● How gut dysfunction might lead to inflammatory and chronic diseases
● Nutritional and lifestyle strategies for gastrointestinal health
● The gut-brain connection
● Laboratory testing for patients with gut dysfunction

A comprehensive review of research and clinical studies, as well as treatment protocols for the following topics:

  • Gut Health: Intestinal function and permeability
  • Gut dysbiosis
  • Using probiotics in therapy
  • Candida
  • Parasites
  • Food sensitivity vs allergy and Inflammation
  • Nutrition and chronic inflammatory and chronic diseases
  • Review of health benefits and considerations in plant-based,  animal-based, mediterranean, DASH, and paleo diets. 
  • Anti-vs-pro inflammatory foods
  • Nutritional evaluation and lab testing
  • Principles of Nutritional therapy
  • Supplements regulation and quality
  • A review of nutrients deficiency in patients with chronic diseases and recommendations for testing
  • Nutritional consideration for supplementation in patients with chronic diseases
  • The use of herbal medicine in clinical practice
  • A review of the principles and studies on Anti-Inflammatory diet
  • Tips for simple dietary adjustments for clinical success
  • Includes a patient guide as a resource to share with your patients
  • A review on the effect of stress and immune activation and chronic diseases
  • Techniques for daily practice of stress reduction
  • Nutrition and supplements to support healthy stress response
  • A review of mitochondrial function
  • A connection between mitochondrial dysfunction and chronic diseases
  • Testing options for mitochondria function 
  • Strategies to reduce oxidative damage and optimize mitochondrial function
  • A review of symptoms of major hormones imbalance and other signaling molecules
  • The impact of environmental factors on the hormonal system
  • A review of thyroid and adrenal function
  • Clinical application of nutritional and herbal medicine
  • Review of hormonal, neurological, and cellular function related to aging
  • Important testing and considerations in anti-aging therapies
  • Nutrition and lifestyle guidance and herbal supplements for the prevention and/or treatment of age related conditions, including menopausal symptoms, benign prostatic hypertrophy and prostate

Technology for improving patient care, included topics: sleep hygiene, electromagnetic radiation, healthy posture, anxiety, and cleaner air and water (to reduce exposure to mold, heavy metals, etc.)

  • Review of essential steps in evaluation and treatment of chronic joint pain
  • The association between Immune imbalance, environmental factors, and structural integrity of the joint and skin and chronic joint pain
  • Early interventions in chronic pain
  • Central and regional sensitization:
  • Considerations in diagnosis and treatment of muscular, tendons, ligaments, joints,
  • Review of mechanism of chronic pain in Functional Medicine
  • Mechanism and pathophysiology of osteoarthritis and joint degeneration
  • Nutritional and lifestyle approach, alternative therapies, and topical pharmaceutical compounds for pain management and osteoarthritis
  • Physical signs of nutritional deficiency
  • Using a symptoms survey to identify deficiencies and imbalances
  • The intake process
  • Understanding the patient’s individual needs
  • Setting goals using the S.M.A.R.T system
  • The importance of understanding the client’s ‘Stages of Change’
  • How to successfully support a healthy weight loss process
  • Coaching tools, such as the O.A.R.S. system
  • Important considerations in overcoming barriers
  • Using reflective listening
  • Determining the next steps and setting a personalized plan
  • Meal Planning 101: Designing healthy meal plans for clients
  • How to work with clients on a tight budget
  • Hydration
  • Adaptogenic herbs
  • Evidence-based recommendations of herbs and supplements for chronic conditions (chronic inflammation and joint pain, fatigue, headaches, digestion conditions, weight gain, hypothyroid, depression and anxiety, decline memory, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, sexual dysfunction, and more)
  • History and regulations of herbal medicine
  • Safety and quality considerations
  • A review of physiological effects of CBD and other cannabinoids
  • Herb-drug interaction
  • Factors that lead to or contribute to cardiovascular diseases
  • The Neuro-Cardiac Axis
  • The Mitochondria & Cardiac Function
  • The Cardiovascular-Gut Axis
  • Hormonal imbalance and risk of cardiometabolic conditions
  • Environmental chemicals and cardiovascular function
  • Nutritional and lifestyle changes in the treatment of cardiovascular conditions
  • A review of clinical studies on the use of supplements and herbal compounds
  • A review of prevention strategies for cardiac health
  • Essential labs that every Functional Medicine Practitioner needs to know
  • Clinical presentation as an indication for each lab and important considerations
  • A review of evidence-based treatment protocols
  • Hormonal and metabolic changes and chronic diseases in male patients
  • Clinical evaluation of male patients
  • Factors that contribute to men’s hormonal imbalance or deficiencies
  • The treatment of Benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis, sexual dysfunction, and androgenic alopecia
  • Functional lab testing
  • Nutritional, herbal, and lifestyle strategies when treating men’s health conditions
  • Reference (Normal) Range vs optimal (Functional) range
  • Complete Blood cell Count (CBC) with Differential
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
  • Comprehensive Cholesterol Panel
  • Leptin and Adiponectin
  • Metabolic and Cardiovascular Markers
  • Inflammatory markers
  • Homocysteine and MTHFR Mutations
  • Urinalysis
  • Functional & Nutritional Approach for Kidney Function
  • Comprehensive Thyroid Panel & Iodine
  • Vitamin D
  • Magnesium
  • Prothrombin Time Test and INR (PT/INR)
  • Warfarin & Vitamin K Intake
  • Uric Acid
  • Assessing Mitochondrial and Cellular Function
  • A review of the physiological factors that lead to or contribute to weight gain and type 2 diabetes
  • Nutritional and herbal supplements to reduce insulin resistance and support healthy glucose metabolism
  • Nutritional strategies and supplements to support weight loss
  • A review of case studies with Functional medicine labs and treatment protocols
  • Mechanism of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune conditions
  • The Functional, nutritional, and herbal medicine approach to treating autoimmune conditions.
  • Putting it all together: clinical case review
  • The impact of gut health, diet, lifestyle, metabolism, and environmental factors on hormonal imbalance
  • The Functional, nutritional, and herbal medicine approach to treating female medical conditions
  • Understanding the mechanism of menopause
  • Nutritional strategies and herbal medicine to support a patient during menopause
  • Aging-related metabolic changes: Assessment, malabsorption, and impact on health
  • Treatment of common age-related diseases: Sarcopenia, sarcopenic obesity, osteoporosis, and dementia
  • The use of herbal medicine and supplements to treat age-related conditions
  • Important clinical considerations in the treatment of older patients
  • A scientific review of genetics, epigenetics, and nutrigenetics

  • A review of genes associated with inflammation, methylation, nutritional metabolism, cardiovascular, cognitive, and metabolic conditions.

  • Clinical considerations when using genetic testing and nutritional strategies

  • The most common interactions between drugs and food, herbs, and supplements, and the significance of the interactions

  • A review of the impact of herbs on the distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs

  • The most commonly used drugs and their associated nutrient depletion

  • Clinical resources to find drug-herb interactions and drug-induced nutrient deficiencies

  • A review of the diagnosis and evaluation process in Functional Medicine
  • The 3 Rs of clinical success 
  • The 3 Rs in Patient with Chronic Gut Dysfunction
  • The 3 Rs in Patient with Chronic Joint Pain
  • The 3 Rs in Patient with Psoriasis
  • Case Study: Diabetes
  • How to structure your new patient flow and build a personalized health plan
  • Functional, Nutritional, and lifestyle medicine treatment plans for chronic diseases
  • Important considerations when working with clients
  • How to use the practitioner toolbox to get the best clinical results
  • The Patient’s Story & Motivational interviewing
  • Marketing your Functional Medicine Practice: How to get new patients and fill your practice
  • Promoting your services: Educate rather than sell
  • Coaching strategies to increase patient’s compliance
  • A comprehensive exam covering all training material
  • Includes case studies, differential diagnosis, and treatment protocols
  • The exam is open book and includes 6 parts
How Our Program is Different?

There are several major differences between this program and other Functional Medicine programs:

If you are a clinician, you should study in a program that provides you with clinically relevant information that you can use in your clinic. During this training, you will learn…

  • How to identify the internal and external triggers of hormonal imbalance, inflammation, and chronic or degenerative diseases
  • How to work with Functional medicine labs
  • Treatment strategies and evidence-based treatemnt recommendations

Nutritional and lifestyle can drive patients towards health or disease. In the second part of the program, you will know how to guide your patients towards health by making simple dietary and lifestyle changes, as well as which herbal or nutritional supplements to take based on clinical evidence.

Once you complete the fundamental training in the program, you will advance your skills and knowledge by learning the specialty classes to provide comprehensive care to your patients. Classes include…

  • Geriatrics conditions
  • Weight gain and metabolic conditions
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Treating women’s and men’s health conditions
  • Drug-herb-nutrient interactions
  • Functional Cardiology
  • Chronic pain and degenerative conditions
  • Genetic testing
  • and more…

Students have 24/7 access to all classes. No need to take time off work or travel. The program’s price includes all the learning modules, practice building and growth course, elective modules, and lifetime membership to all new classes that are coming out. 

All students and graduates have access to the practice building and growth course to show you a proven system to establish your practice. This course includes:

  • Steps to build a virtual or in-person practice (simple, affordable, and no need to be tech-savvy)
  • The key to productivity: Work smarter not harder through automation
  • How to fill up your schedule and increase your revenue.
  • Building and promoting cash services, memberships, and programs

"This was a great intense course, plentiful with information and well organized. I enjoyed the program.

Dr. Kristian Antonio Jacobo, MD
Jacobo Wellness (Virtual Practice)

"The course was very interesting, informative and applicable. I liked the clinical experience shared from the instructors and the and the scientific studies applied to the topics."

Natalie Tukpah, Nurse Practitioner
Holistic Whole Health, LLC

"I’m a registered nurse who is passionate about helping others achieve optimal health. This course has been wonderful and very informative."

Casey McPherson, RN
Rocky Springs Holistic Health

“I gained new skills and the case studies were an excellent help to present material in a fashion that mimics true practice."

Lowanda B Mullican, RPh
Viera Compounding Pharmacy, Florida

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The Functional Medicine Certification Program has specific admission requirements.

Applicants must have a certification, degree, or license in healthcare, as well as biomedical courses. 

Please schedule a short call with an admission advisor to ensure that you fulfill these requirements or to get further recommendations on how to qualify.  

 

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