About the Course
What is Naturopathic Nutrition?
Naturopathic Nutrition stresses the use of whole and organic foods as medicine - an integral concept of healing in many indigenous societies. Today, we see that a return to chemical-free foods, along with other dietary measures, is an effective answer to many health complaints and common conditions.
CNM students learn about the physiological and biochemical processes involved in nourishment, and the energetic side of food as well.
Thousands of years ago, master healers in China perceived a way to classify food and disease according to simple, easily observed patterns; one eats cooling foods for overheated conditions, and warming foods are best for people who feel too cold. Detoxifying foods are for those who carry an excess of toxins, and building foods are good for deficient persons, and so on.
The traditional Chinese and East Indian Ayurvedic systems have been used with pinpoint accuracy to diagnose disease conditions, and to categorise foods as medicine.
The CNM Diploma Course in Naturopathic Nutrition brings together authentic traditions of Oriental medicine with current, Western research-based nutrition.
Why Study Naturopathic Nutrition with The CNM?
The CNM Naturopathic Nutrition Diploma Course provides high quality training that equips graduates to build highly successful practices. It is carefully structured so each study unit builds on the previous one, allowing students to develop their confidence and skills, and reach their full potential as professional nutritionists. Students are strongly encouraged to develop their own unique style of consultation and practise.
Junior or Leaving Certificate, or equivalent academic and/or work experience.
Medical Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Midwives, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, etc, may not be required to take Biomedicine Study - please contact us for more information and to see if you qualify for direct enrolment.
Duration - 1 year.
- Medical terminology, cells, tissues, embryology
- Anatomy, physiology, pathology
- Clinical diagnostic, differential diagnosis
- Blood- urine analysis, examination methods
- Infectious Diseases
Duration: 2 years, 1 weekend per month,
plus 100 clinical hours per year during the 2-year course.
Year 1 - The Building Blocks of Nutrition
Water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, superfoods (spirulina, algaes, wheat and barley grass, propolis, aloe vera, etc).
- Bee and Flower pollen
- Vegetables (legumes, sprouts)
- Dairy products
- Poultry and eggs
- Teas and infusions
Types of Diets
- Raw foods
- Rainbow diet
- Atkins diet
- Weight loss diet
- Blood types
- Low calorie diet
- Food preparation
- Cultural diets
- Over/under eating
- Acid/alkaline balance
- Food combining
- Food additives
- Food processing and storage
- Food irradiation
- Electro pollution
- Bowel-liver-kidney cleanses
- Parasite programmes
- Gerson Therapy
- Colonic irrigation
Energy of Foods
- Chinese and Ayurvedic principles
- The laws of cure
- Suppression of diseases
Year 2 - Nutritional Applications for Diseases
- Digestive and metabolic disorders
- Muscular skeletal disorders
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Autoimmune and infectious diseases
- Respiratory and urinary disorders
- Skin diseases
- Diseases of the senses
- Mental and eating disorders
- Female and male health problems
- Diseases of babies and the elderly
- Chronic disorders
- Case taking
- Follow up
- Nutritional assessments
- Clinic Management
- Public relations
- Setting up a business
- Functional tests
- Liver and parasite tests
- Tests for allergies
- Candida and yeast
- Biochemical urine and saliva tests
- Diagnosis of face, tongue, hair and nails
Naturopathy Study (Optional)
Duration - 1 year.
- Toxicity, Detoxification, Cleansing
- Fasting, Diet, Nutrition
- Bach Flower Therapy
- Introduction to Homeopathy
- Introduction to Herbal Medicine
- Tissue Salts
Naturopathic Practical (Optional)
Duration - 1 year.
- Chinese diagnostic
- Abdominal Diagnostic
- Ear Acupuncture
- Introduction to Acupuncture
- Cause of disease and pathogenic energies
- Important Acupuncture points
- Specific effects of needle stimulation
- Examination methods and diagnostic rules
- History of Iridology
- Technique of Examination
- Topography of the Iris
- Constitution, Disposition and Diathesis
- Pupil Phenomena
- Study of the signs
- Study of pigments
- Dip. Nutritional Therapist
- Dip. Naturopathy (optional)
Study Programme and Locations
- Full time, weekends and weekdays (Dublin only)
- Part time, weekends (all colleges - Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick)
Typically, students enrol for the Autumn (Oct) and Spring (Feb) semesters. However, since our Biomedicine and Naturopathy courses are built around a modular system, new students can join a course throughout the year.
The Nutrition diploma takes 3 years to complete. If you wish to study Naturopathy (optional), this would be an additional 1- 2 years.
Full time study
- Year 1: Biomedicine, Naturopathy Study and Naturopathic Practical
- Years 2 and 3: Specialist training (Acupuncture, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine or Homeopathy)
Part time study
- Year 1: Biomedicine
- Year 2: Naturopathy Study
- Year 3: Naturopathic Practical
- Years 4 and 5: Specialist training (Acupuncture, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine or Homeopathy)
Our course advisors are here to help you create a schedule that suits your needs - contact us for information.
Please contact our registration advisors for exact course pricing, discounts, and financing options.
CNM runs a three year part-time nutritional therapy programme which has been accredited by IANT (Irish Association of Nutritional Therapy). CNM is a member of the NTC School Forum.
The Naturopathy training is recognised by the Council of Irish Naturopathic Practitioners.
How to Apply
We advise you to first contact us and discuss your personal needs and goals. We can then assist you in tailoring a study schedule that suits your lifestyle and commitments. Our course advisors are knowledgable, friendly, and deal with students from all walks of life - please call us at +00 353 (0)1235 3094, use our contact form, or email email@example.com.
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Continuing Study Options
Further Study with the CNM
Students who have completed the Biomedicine, Naturopathy Study, and Naturopathic Practical study Units may opt to study the other specialist diploma courses, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, and Acupuncture.
CNM has developed an alliance with Charles Sturt University (CSU) in New South Wales, Australia, which allows CNM students and graduates to enrol into the Bachelor of Health Science Degree (Complementary Medicine). The CSU Degree programme is a distance learning course which starts each February and can be completed in 2 or 3 years. CSU offers the further opportunity for ongoing study to obtain a Master’s Degree, or a PH.D. in Complementary Medicine.
Charles Stuart University is Australia’s leading distance learning University, being responsible for the on-line education of over 28,000 students. CSU was awarded a "University of the Year" award in Australia, for its nationally recognised ability to reflect the needs of today’s society, and responsiveness to the need for life-long learning in a changing world.
Applications must be completed by the end of November; please contact us for more information. Students must have completed their CNM course before applying to start a CSU degree.