“CNM’s courses are the most well-rounded and up-to-date”
Suzie, Naturopathic Nutrition
When comparing various nutrition courses, CNM’s was the most well-rounded, holistic and up-to-date course around. The clinical practice was also fantastic to get real life practice. My CNM lecturers were brilliant, always challenging and supporting us.
I was ready to see clients straightaway
Once qualified, I started to see clients straightaway. I soon realised how a paleo/primal approach to diet and lifestyle significantly helped whatever ailment my clients were dealing with. As a result, I became a huge paleo advocate and now my whole family follows a paleo lifestyle (including the dog and cats).
I launched my own healthy snack range
I launched my own range of healthy snacks, Primal Pantry, which are tasty, nutritious and made with whole foods. They are vegan and free from grains, dairy, refined sugars and vegetable oils. I could never have anticipated how popular the range would be – we sold 20,000 bars in the first two weeks after launching! I have the satisfaction of knowing that lots of people are benefitting from Primal Pantry’s commitment to real food, an approach that was highly emphasised at CNM.
Helping people gives me so much satisfaction
Milda, Acupuncture & Naturopathy
During my teenage years I struggled with eating disorders including bulimia and binge eating. Luckily, my family recommended I see a nutritional therapist. After just one week of tweaking my diet, I felt the best I had in years! This was my calling to learn more about nutrition.
My CNM course made it easy to change careers
I grew up in Lithuania, where folk medicine is still very much used by most households. Alongside drugs, GP’s in Lithuania also give you advice on how to manage your diet and what herbs to take. Since I was brought up in that setting, it made sense for me to deepen the knowledge of what I already knew.
I was looking for a flexible course that would support my career transition from being a sommelier to a nutritional therapist. I also wanted a well-established course with a holistic approach. CNM encompassed everything I needed for and more!
I now have the lifestyle I dreamed of
My qualification has allowed me to have the lifestyle I’ve always wanted. I can pick and choose my own hours and I’m so grateful I don’t have to be stuck in the office from 9 to 5 anymore!
I see clients in Bath and Bristol, supporting them with a variety of health issues, from digestion and stress to energy management. I coach people with bulimia and binge eating disorders as the valuable lessons I learnt myself can help others turn their lives around too.
Milda can be contacted via her website at: www.nutritionpath.co.uk
I launched Ireland’s largest range of certified organic products
Dr Suraya, Herbal Medicine and Naturopathic Nutrition
CNM provided me with the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle to go ahead and found my own company, Dr Suraya Diaz, Committed to Health. We manufacturer Ireland’s largest range of certified organic products, complemented by full consultancy services in nutrition, naturopathy and herbal medicine.
CNM’s training is first-class
I graduated from CNM with diplomas in Nutrition, Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine. CNM was my first college of choice because it provided a comprehensive academic programme with a holistic approach, alongside practical, hands-on clinical experience. The college offers part-time study which was very important to me being a full-time, post-doctoral researcher.
During my years in medical research, I realised that good health and wellbeing are influenced by diet, lifestyle and the environment. I decided to combine my scientific career with natural medicine by becoming a certified nutritionist, naturopath and medical herbalist. I’ve been able to complement my career with the skills and knowledge I’ve acquired at CNM.
A totally different approach to health
My CNM studies taught me a multi-faceted approach to nutrition, naturopathy and herbal medicine, opening my eyes to a totally different approach to health. It was enlightening and trailblazing, I loved every minute. I also had the opportunity to make life-long friends.
I’m changing so many people’s lives
CNM changed my life in many ways. It gave me the expertise and skills to help friends and family while providing me with the knowledge to improve my own diet and lifestyle. The fusion of mainstream and traditional medicine placed me in the ideal position to launch my own organic range of products. Designing and tailoring premium quality products combined with consultancy has been so rewarding. I love the fact that I can help people on a one-to-one basis and change their lives forever.
CNM helped me start my own business
CNM is an excellent platform for all health-minded individuals. Whether you want to acquire invaluable skills and knowledge to improve your own health and the health of your loved ones or if you want to follow a similar path to mine and start your own business, CNM will help you.
“My qualification has opened so many doors”
Marc Murphy, Naturopathic Nutrition
Studying at CNM changed my life a lot and it reignited my passion for learning. I got so engrossed in the subjects I was studying that I’d spend extra time learning as much as I could. The course expanded my mind and made me want to keep learning.
The course is very comprehensive
I’ve always been interested in nutrition, but only decided to study it when I had kids. I became conscious of what we were eating as a family and I wanted to help my children grow healthily. Before enrolling at CNM, I completed a short twelve-week nutrition course. Even though it was insightful, it didn’t go into any level of depth compared to what I learnt on the naturopathic nutrition diploma at CNM
No other courses offered clinical training
The reason I chose to study at CNM was because they offered in-clinic training. I looked at lots of different courses, but none of them offered any type of practical experience. The clinic hours at CNM really helped prepare me for starting out in practice; it gave me the tools and know-how to get started in clinic immediately after I graduated. The flexible study programme made it easy for me to work and study at the same time.
Supportive and knowledgeable lecturers
What I enjoyed most about the course was the supportive and knowledgeable lecturers, the community spirit and the friendships I made. I was fascinated by the course material, especially the science behind how things work in the body. The level of detail that lecturers go into is incredible, I learnt a lot.
My qualification has opened up so many doors
When I graduated, I set up a nutrition practice straight away so I could start seeing clients. I’m now a nutrition lecturer at CNM and I supervise the student clinics at the college which I thoroughly enjoy. Having a nutrition qualification has opened up so many doors for me and some excellent career opportunities. I was able to jump straight into a new career as I had the confidence and skills to do it.
I set up a niche health café
I set up a health café with my business partner a few years after graduating. Through my learning at CNM, I was able to establish a niche café with an onsite nutritionist. People come to us because they can get their food tailored to their needs or for a particular health condition. Therapeutic menu planning is really growing our business and we couldn’t have done this without my knowledge in nutrition.
“CNM allowed me back into education and the career I wish I’d always had.”
Amie, Naturopathic Nutrition
What attracted me to CNM was the flexibility of weekend study and exciting course content.
I studied languages, then moved into media intelligence after working in IT. Having used diet, supplements and exercise to address PCOS, I had a long-term interest in natural therapies, so I decided to turn my passion into a career which was flexible and far more interesting.
My first GP visit for problematic menses was at 14. A PCOS diagnosis at 19 followed numerous visits to GPs, gynaecologists and endocrinologists. I was variously prescribed the contraceptive pill, metformin, the coil, antidepressants and many painkillers for painful periods. No nutritional/lifestyle advice was offered. I gained a lot of weight, my periods stopped, I developed acne and mood and liver problems, which worsened through poor dietary choices at university. Eventually a gynaecologist told me after an ovarian scan that I was unlikely to ever be able to conceive naturally.
My mum inspired me to try natural therapies. She persevered even when I told her I wasn’t interested and the GP told her not to put ‘faddy diet ideas’ into my head. She took the time and interest, bought me all the books… I remember her taking me into Waterstones to choose. It’s entirely thanks to her I found the solution to my PCOS. After years of living in denial, I decided I was the only person who could make these changes and started researching the effects of diet and exercise. I didn’t want to feel miserable anymore! Marilyn Glenville’s books were a real turning point.
Having a lot of weight to lose, I removed all refined sugars and carbohydrates and added plenty of vegetables to my diet. I exercised at the campus gym daily. Within 4 months I’d lost 2 stone. I added herbal supplements, became adventurous with healthy meals and began to really listen to my body. My periods returned, my skin and energy improved, the weight kept coming off and my body shape changed completely, motivating me further to manage my own health.
I’ve kept my weight to optimal levels, which is key to my hormonal balance. I’ve had 3 children without any issues, something I never would’ve imagined all those years ago when the gynaecologist told me it wouldn’t be possible!
What attracted me to CNM was the flexibility of weekend study and exciting course content. Although we hardly touched on nutrition the first year, I loved the thorough biochemistry, anatomy and physiology foundation. The 200hrs’ clinical experience was fascinating and a hugely important part of moving into practice. The transformation between year 1 and year 3 in knowledge, confidence and ability was amazing. I was in a great year group sharing this unique experience of revisiting education later in life. The support and friendships had an incredibly positive impact during my time at CNM and continue, even after graduating.
Rewarding, inspiring and fascinating, my time at CNM and my qualification have opened up a whole new world to me. I feel part of a big community where there’s so much cooperation and sharing, and so many great events, webinars and learning opportunities, it never feels like a chore and it benefits our clients and everyone learning from us! I have also embarked on an MSc in nutrition science.
My company focuses on women’s health. To be able to really listen to them, when they’ve so often felt unheard, to educate and support them to use the tools which helped me so profoundly, and to see the change in them is a real privilege. The sense of empowerment they gain reminds me so much of myself once I’d learnt how to manage my health. It’s the reason I became a nutritional therapist.
I never thought it’d be possible to study again and make such a huge life change once I’d had children. The course structure at CNM allowed me back into education and the career I wish I’d always had. I qualified in the same week as having my third child! Being able to fit education and career around my family makes it all the more enjoyable. They’ve been on the journey with me and they’re certainly benefiting from my knowledge.
“The high standard of training from CNM, along with support from fantastic lecturers and staff, gave me the confidence to start my own business as soon as I had completed the course!”
Aisling Kelly, Naturopathic Nutrition
I have always had an interest in food and how it can affect our bodies.
From a young age, I would notice how certain foods would affect my skin and my mood, help me to perform better when exercising or irritate my digestive system. I had attended various health seminars and festivals where I always spotted the CNM stand and would chat to them about their courses.
After working as a Montessori teacher for many years I finally decided to be brave and take the plunge into the world of Nutrition. The CNM course was ideal for me as I was able to continue working while attending college locally at the weekends.
I was impressed with the level of academic learning gained from the Biomedicine year, which gave us the scientific background to understanding metabolic processes within the body, before delving into how food can support or hinder these processes. The clinical hours included in the diploma course really benefitted my confidence to practice as a Nutritional Therapist as soon as we finished the course, as we gained practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge over the three years.
The high standard of training from CNM, along with support from fantastic lecturers and staff, gave me the confidence to start my own business as soon as I had completed the course! The lecturers with CNM were always very knowledgeable and experts in their field. The Director of Studies was always very supportive and encouraging with our studies and exams.
I am now seeing clients in my own practice in Cork and the best thing is I can choose my own hours to work around my family life. I am looking forward to numerous other opportunities such as nutrition talks and workshops, articles for local newspapers and health magazines, even the possibility of a cookbook!
“Even though I had general knowledge in human biology, the in-depth analysis was invigorating.”
Anita Foote, Naturopathic Nutrition and Nurse.
I have always had an interest in nutrition, but like many felt that there was so much information out there about what one should eat, that it become at times both contradicting and confusing.
I wanted to learn for myself what nutrition meant for me, backed with science and relevant research while also based on a holistic approach.
After much research into what education was available and most importantly what I could manage within an already busy working week as a full-time fertility nurse I decided on CNM. One important point that made a difference was the advantage of not needing to complete the first year Biomedicine due to my degree qualification as a registered Nurse which already would have covered anatomy, pathology and physiology which meant instead of three years, I would only need to complete the two. I was initially worried that I might find the study difficult still as my nursing degree was over ten years ago, but I found that my previous study and general nursing practise knowledge and experience helped significantly, though anything I was not sure about was easy enough to revise and keep up with the rest of the group.
As I started into studying I found that my previous experience in tertiary study made it easier for me to understand the Harvard referencing system needed, the structure and what was expected for assignments. I found all the comprehensive lectures backed with recent research and science. Even though I had general knowledge in human biology, the in-depth analysis was invigorating, encouraging one to learn more, and as any medical professional knows the learning never stops! The holistic approach was why I chose to study Naturopathic Nutrition which was important to me personally as I appreciated how important it is to look at the whole person as an individual and not just a part of them.
The practical clinics which involved working with a client helped to use the theory from the lectures to develop my skills in clinical practise to become a competent Nutritional Therapist. As a Nurse I was comfortable working with patients, asking questions about sometimes sensitive subjects, and making them feel at ease.
As time progressed through the two years, I found I started to use the knowledge I was learning in both my own life, my families and friends, and in my working environment. Working in a fertility clinic, nutrition is an important and sometimes overlooked factor that is essential in both male’s and female’s ability to conceive. I am inspired by my studies in CNM to share the knowledge I have learned with others. I am currently looking at incorporating nutrition into my fertility nurse practice in a more comprehensive role which will be so important for our patients to maintain a holistic approach in their journey to pregnancy. I would recommend and encourage medical professionals to think about incorporating nutrition study into their ongoing education which will only enhance one’s practice.
I realised I wanted to help sick people
Clare Foley, Acupuncture & Naturopathy
My first experience with natural therapies occurred in my teens after I’d been taking antibiotics for seven consecutive months for a throat infection.
The infection was still there and my physical health had seriously deteriorated. On the acupuncturist’s couch just four needles were inserted in my hands and feet. After thirty minutes, I came out of a doze to find my mind buzzing with an alert clarity I hadn’t felt in years.
My body felt solid and heavy, like thirst-quenched earth after rain. I made big changes to my diet and got big changes in my enjoyment of life. About ten years later, I realised that I wanted to help sick people, as I had been helped. I studied naturopathy as well as acupuncture at CNM because I knew that having a repertoire of tools such as foods, natural supplements, herbs and home remedies was invaluable for people wanting to take control of their health as I had done.
When I was gaining experience at hospitals in Beijing, I spoke with my fellow students – a German rheumatologist, a Swedish midwife, an Indian GP and many others. Not one of us could say how exactly the therapy worked but we could see, in the thousands of patients there, that it was highly effective. I practiced for some years with great patient outcomes but I was plagued with the thought that I didn’t fully understand how it worked. I had read popular physics books since I was a teenager and had been studying neuroscience in search of answers since I started training. Doing a science degree seemed like the obvious next step.
For my final year physics thesis, I looked at ‘chaos’ mathematics in electrical circuits and compared this to brain signalling. My research led me to hypothesize that stimulation of acupuncture points organises brain signalling in the way that sleep does. This is why acupuncture, as well as targeting specific symptoms by redirecting the body’s resources to a particular area, can have overall effects. Every treatment is like a rejuvenating holiday. Every treatment can bring more energy, better sleep, a bright relaxed mood, a looser waistband or better performance at work. I really enjoy using acupuncture as a tool to get big results for my clients fast.
It brings me great personal satisfaction that I have become a scientist capable of deep scientific inquiry, but what I still enjoy even more is sharing with my clients the many naturopathic tools I’ve gained through my CNM training so that they can maintain their new-found good health far into the future.
Clare Foley – CNM Graduate in Naturopathic Acupuncture
“I love CNM’s approach to treating the body as a whole as opposed to treating a condition.”
Paula McMeel, Naturopathic Nutrition
The reason I decided to study at CNM was both a personal and professional one. Personally I had suffered with acne for years, having no idea about the underlying causes I tried every lotion and potion and numerous antibiotics under the sun to try to help myself, to no avail.
The reason I decided to study at CNM was both a personal and professional one. Personally I had suffered with acne for years, having no idea about the underlying causes I tried every lotion and potion and numerous antibiotics under the sun to try to help myself, to no avail.
I’ve always been passionate about nutrition so when I came across the
Nutritional Therapy course at CNM I attended an open day in Dublin. I signed up at the open day as I was amazed at the comprehensive content and the holistic approach to health.
As my background is in women’s health and midwifery, I have seen women struggling to get pregnant due to being overweight, hormonal conditions such as PCOS, thyroid conditions and endometriosis. Also women with ill-health have increased risk of potentially life threatening conditions for both mum and baby such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia. Postnatally the body needs meals to rebuild energy, replenish lost nutrients, and help to produce breast milk.
This was another reason for studying nutrition, I wanted to give women the knowledge to have better health without resorting to medication and crash diets.
I wanted an accredited qualification that would allow me to practise as a recognised practitioner, yet which also had a holistic approach.
With CNM I especially liked that it is a part time course, so I was also able to study part time and so could keep learning in the meantime. It was daunting deciding not to start my studies with CNM’s biomedicine course as I thought I would be lagging behind, but the nutrition course included all the body systems recapping on my previous knowledge from my degree in midwifery. I really enjoyed researching how different foods can help with different conditions. I love CNM’s approach to treating the body as a whole as opposed to treating a condition.
I was also drawn to the 200 clinical hours as part of the course. I was able to expand on my experience of one to one client contact from my midwifery clinics. By attending CNM, it gave me the confidence and know how to set up my own practice. As the course is science based and therapeutic, I loved researching for the assignments such as for the condition PCOS, which I had been diagnosed with following my research. Without understanding the underlying causes of my acne (PCOS), I would probably still be depressed about the state of my skin and hormones.
The course has been a huge benefit to my own health, with helping to balance my hormones, reduce tiredness after working nightshifts and better skin. It’s completely changed the way I think about health.
Doing the course I feel empowered to look after my own health and the health of others. I am especially interested in empowering women to be the best version of themselves so I am focusing on nutrition for women’s health, fertility, pregnancy and post-partum. After completing the course I am now setting up my own business and will practise as a Naturopathic Nutritional
I knew CNM was the right place for me
Marina, Herbal Medicine & Naturopathy
To find a college that taught Herbal Medicine alongside Naturopathy made the course very well rounded.
There are so many aspects of natural medicine that complement and strengthen one another and studying Naturopathy gave me a great overall understanding of these and many additional clinical tools I could use as well as Herbal Medicine.
The supervised clinic hours with clients was an invaluable part of my training. This gave me the confidence and knowhow to set up my own practice soon after qualifying. The Ayurvedic aspect of the course inspired me to go on to study more Ayurveda in India and get experience working there at a Naturopathic Hospital.
The thing I love most about being a Herbalist and Naturopath is helping empower people to make positive changes to their health and wellbeing. Balance is key for me. I love that this work is a combination of clinical practice, teaching courses and also growing and making remedies from my own plants. Sharing my knowledge of herbs and nutrition to help people better connect with themselves is so rewarding. Clients love being able to come to the farm and see the herbs that are part of their healing.
Learning to relax properly may be the one simple thing I would have seen making a big impact on my clients health. Unfortunately many people do not give themselves the time to fully relax! Our bodies need resting time to heal or unwind from a busy day. Reducing stress through relaxation can have a profound effect on many health conditions. Finding a way to work this into an individual’s lifestyle can be as important as the nutritional advice and herbal support they receive.
Embarking on studying Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine is a very exciting thing. You learn so much about yourself over the years and many students truly transform their lives in the process of their study. I found that part time study requires lots of commitment and motivation to work alone but if you love the subject this will all come easily. The tutors are a wealth of knowledge and an inspiration to anyone wishing to pursue a career in natural health. Take advantage of this while you can, be curious, ask questions and remain open to taking it all in. Being as proactive as you can in your final year of study and clinics will stand to you when you graduate.
I’ve always been passionate about Nutrition
Karla Behan, Naturopathic Nutrition
I’ve always been passionate about nutrition. Having moved from Mexico to Ireland over 10 years ago drastically changed my diet, lifestyle and waistline.
My health and energy levels were affected as a result so when I came across CNM’s courses, I knew straight away that I wanted to learn about this topic. I completed the Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition and that was just the start of this amazing journey.
In Mexico, we strongly believe and use natural therapies so I found the content of the course amazing! I’ve lectured and supervised student clinics at the college and have also completed a Masters Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, a Diploma in Integral Obesity Management and a Certificate in Sports Nutrition. At the moment, whilst taking a career break to look after my children I’ve created Oh! So Nutritious. This is a blog where I share my knowledge to encourage other people to make better food choices, make physical activity a part of their lifestyle, and love their bodies with the view to achieve balance, happiness & wellness.
Karla can be contacted via her website.
CNM has changed my lifestyle choices
Audrey, Naturopathic Nutrition
I’ve always been passionate about the healing the body naturally.After spending 8 years working as a complimentary therapist, I decided to take the next step and study nutrition at CNM. I knew after completing the first lecture that this was what I wanted to do.
I was diagnosed with PCOS at age 25. I had my first son naturally by using herbs and receiving acupuncture treatment. During the CNM course I changed my diet and lifestyle. I went on to have two more boys while studying the nutrition course!
CNM has completely changed my lifestyle choices. I love CNM’s approach to treating the body as a whole as opposed to treating a condition.
After completing the course I am now setting up my own business and will practice as a naturopathic nutritionist.
I learned so much!
Denise, Naturopathic Nutrition
I began my journey to better health in 2011 following the diagnosis of my then 7 year old with Type 1 diabetes.
Hoping to combat some of the IBS symptoms I myself was suffering due to stress and anxiety, combined with my desire to ensure my family had the best nutrition we could for the sake of my son’s condition, I embarked on a journey to better nutrition.
I was conscious of the growing number of people giving unsolicited advice on the internet. I realised that in an age of growing digital presence, social media was becoming more and more powerful. With such differing messages who could know what information was correct or not? I decided I wanted to return to education and retrain in nutrition so I could educate people correctly and armed with the current and relevant information.
A friend, recognising my passion for nutrition, sent me a link to CNM one day and I just knew I had to go for it! It was everything I wanted in a course – science based, contemporary, holistic and above all, had great course content. Studying with CNM was the best thing I have ever done. I learned so much, met lifelong friends and gained invaluable clinical experience. I would recommend CNM to anyone who wishes to follow their interest in Nutrition and follow their dream of providing people with the gift of good nutrition.
I discovered the power a change in diet could exert over body and mind and became passionate about spreading my new found knowledge with others. I began blogging about my change in diet towards a grain, dairy and sugar free diet: my blog ‘Irish Paleo Girl’ was born! My son’s condition is very stable and our family as a whole is healthier overall.
CNM gave me the knowledge and credentials
Deirdre Kearney, Naturopathic Nutrition
Having been told that I may have difficulty conceiving due to endometriosis and polycystic ovaries and was fortunate to have 5 healthy kids naturally.
I began to attribute this to a healthy diet and exercise. I guess I have always been interested in health and fitness coming from a family of health fanatics. I studied with CNM to enhance my knowledge and give me the qualification to take this further.
Chauffeuring the kids from one activity to another, I realised the gap in the market for a healthy treat for kids. From this, I developed and launched a ‘smRt bar’ which is now sold in Galway, Dublin, Wicklow, and throughout Ireland.
From my studies at CNM, I understood the importance of and lack of iodine in our daily diets from the normal cognitive development of kids to normal growth. It made sense to add organic Irish seaweed which is naturally high in iodine to a healthy treat for kids. However, since launching the product we realised that our product is used by everyone from Irish top triathletes to mums, dad and all health conscious individuals. Thus, we have created a second product, Noribake, which recently got a Great Taste Award!
CNM gave me the knowledge and credentials to stand over our newly launched SmRt bar. We are constantly looking at the health market and trends and are developing new recipes for real health food that is also convenient. My training at CNM has been essential to furthering our brand.
Deirdre Kearney – CNM Graduate in Naturopathic Nutrition
I love my job
Emily, Acupuncture and Naturopathy
I have always been interested in the body and how it works.
I studied Beauty Therapy when I left school and very quickly specialised in Skincare. I soon realised the limitations of using product in isolation in achieving positive results.
I would ask myself question after question about why the skin was behaving the way it was. I knew I had to dig deeper beneath the layers and into the core of the cell to get my answers. This opened up the whole area of nutrition and the role of emotions on the body. It was a natural progression and necessary for me to get better results for my clients. When you begin the journey into Natural Medicine you cannot stop. It’s too fascinating.
I have a special affinity to the skin. The skin gives away a lot about the health of a person. Also, I’ve seen people come in with severe Acne, Scarring or Rosacea and it really affects their confidence. Treating skin very often demands that you begin to work from the inside out. It’s crucial to look at the food you eat- is it nutritious and can you tolerate it? More often than not an unhappy gut can result in bad skin complaints. Stress and emotional health also play a significant role in skin problems. So even taking just one organ like the skin you cannot help but look at the body as a whole if you have any hope of treating it effectively.
I chose to study with CNM because I liked the quality of the course content and I liked the naturopathic approach which was at the core of each specialised therapy. It makes me think more wholly when it comes to treating the person. I also found my Acupuncture tutor fantastic.
I love my job, it’s so rewarding seeing people return having experienced positive results and feeling better in themselves. I like being of service to others and contributing to the bigger picture.
If you are about to graduate take a leaf out of your own book and adopt a holistic lifestyle. Support yourself, and be your own advertisement!
I wanted to do something meaningful
Shaf, Naturopathic Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and Naturopathy
After spending 8 years in property development, I wanted to do something which would utilise my interest in natural medicine.
I tried a couple of correspondence courses on the subject but they didn’t work out because I’m better at face-to-face learning.
I was delighted to study part-time as I had to fit in study around my work and growing family. After graduating I practiced my skills in a medical centre, but I got so busy that I set up my own clinic. I’ve even been on a TV health program. I’m so lucky to be living my dream. It’s such rewarding work, watching patients going through amazing healing.
Comprehensive course that balances theory with clinical practice
Caroline, Naturopathic Nutrition
Studying at CNM was a fantastic experience. It’s a very comprehensive course that balances theory with clinical practise, and gave me the skill set and confidence to be a competent practitioner.
The lecturers were great and shared their experiences with us to promote our understanding of the bigger picture. I loved studying with likeminded people; there was a variety of professions in the class ranging from nurses to personal trainers, and we all learned a lot from one another.
My own background was in customer services because I enjoyed helping people, but as I’d always had an interest in health and nutrition I moved on to working in a health food store and loved it. I then decided to study Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy at CNM so I could gain the skills and knowledge to help people in a meaningful way – helping themselves to live healthier lives. Since graduating from CNM I’ve become the assistant manager at the health food store where I work, and I’ll also be seeing clients on a one to one basis in my practice.
“I was blown away with the course content and how in-depth the body structures are reviewed.”
Ciara Harrington, Naturopathic Nutrition
I decided to begin studying nutrition after I had returned home from Australia. I’ve always had an interest in health but the lifestyle in Australia really encouraged this. I’m a registered mental health nurse and have always believed in holistic care, incorporating mind, body and spirit. In my own work I have always educated people about the importance of healthy eating and mindfulness on their journey to recovery.
I returned home to Ireland and continued my work as a registered nurse but began searching for more. I came across CNM online. I read about the course online and what made it stand out from the other nutrition courses was that it was a campus and not just online. Not knowing what to expect I attended an open evening. Listening to the speaker that night and her passion about food and health I knew that this would be the course for me.
As I mentioned I really didn’t know what this course would entail. I began my first year which was biomedicine. I was blown away with the course content and how in-depth the body structures are reviewed. Not only did it really add to my own knowledge as a nurse but it really gave me greater insight into the body as a whole – how a disease is not just a set of symptoms to one particular organ but rather it can be linked to a number of different body systems.
After the year of biomedicine I began my first and second year clinics. We observed clinics in year one, and in year two began taking clients of our own. When I began the course I thought I would just be learning about food and that I might in the future educate people about its importance. I was really impressed with how academic and professional the student clinics were. The clinics are practitioner led and the students are trained to become professionals.
In my own discipline of nursing I work with people daily and know just how vulnerable a person can be about their health. CNM students are trained to understand this and work in a professional manner providing the best service possible. I was amazed at the guidance we were provided with on how to actively listen to a person when carrying out our assessments.
Putting all the knowledge we had learned over the three years into our clinic days was my favourite part as it really all started to make sense.
Going forward for the future the course has really inspired me to want to help people even more. My own personal life situation has changed my interest in Nutritional Therapy. While completing the course I became a mother. The course gave me a greater knowledge into how I could have a healthy pregnancy and optimal recovery. For this reason my goal for the future will be to work with women through prenatal, antenatal and postnatal care.
CNM has given me so many new skills for the future. I will really miss my class and all the amazing people I met along the way.