Nutrition: 2 years (1-2 weekends per month).
Length of Study: 3 years. 1-2 weekends per month.
Clinical Hours: 200 Clinical hours.
CNM Diploma: Dip. Nutritional Therapist.
Optional: Dip. Naturopath.
The Naturopathic Nutrition Course (Diploma)
The Naturopathic Nutrition course provides high quality training which equips graduates to build successful practices. It is carefully structured. Each study unit builds on the previous one, allowing students to develop their confidence and skills, and reach their full potential as nutritionists.
The course is delivered in 3 levels (I, II and III). A student has to complete one level before progressing to the next.
Level I – Biomedicine, 1 year, 10 weekends
Level II – Nutrition year 1, 1 year, 10 weekends plus 100 clinic hours
Level III – Nutrition year 2, 1 year, 10 weekends plus 100 clinic hours
The Course Syllabus
Level I – Biomedicine
The aim of Biomedicine is to get students to understand how the body works, most common diseases, medical diagnostics, differential diagnostics and red flag symptoms. This way a future practitioner understands medical conditions, especially dangerous conditions and is able to decide what he can treat and when to refer to a specialist.
Medical Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Midwives, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, etc, may not be required to take Biomedicine – please contact us for more information and to see if you qualify for direct enrolment. Graduates with an ITEC diploma (e.g. massage, aromatherapy, reflexology etc.) will need to do the Biomedicine year in order to get a CNM diploma.
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of all Organ systems
- Infectious diseases
- Pharmacology, Laboratory, Examination methods
- Differential diagnostics
- Red flag symptoms
Level II – Nutrition Year 1 – Building Blocks of Nutrition
The aim of Nutrition Year 1 is to get students to understand the basics of Nutrition and learn how to take cases by observing live case taking of patients, following a standard CNM format.
- History and Philosophy
- Basics of Nutrition (Proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates)
- Naturopathic Nutrition
- Various diets
- Foods, superfoods
- Chinese principles
- 100 observation hours
Level III – Nutrition Year 2 – Nutritional Therapeutics
The aim of Nutrition Year 2 is to teach students how to deal with most common diseases and become confident in treating patients in supervised clinics.
Clinics are of paramount importance to CNM. This is where students learn how to take cases themselves, create nutrition plans and apply their knowledge. Clinics are supervised by a qualified Nutritional Therapist.
- How to treat various conditions such as: Cardiovascular, muscular/skeletal problems, digestive diseases, skin, allergies
- Diseases of life stages: baby/child, women, men, elderly
- Sports Nutrition and exercise
- Laboratory tests
- PR/Marketing, clinic management
- 100 clinical hours
Locations: Dublin, Cork, Galway
Study Days: Weekends (Saturdays & Sundays)
Study Times: 10am – 6pm
Clinic Hours: 200 clinic hours
CNM Diploma: Nutritional Therapist
Further Study: Naturopathy Diploma course
Degrees: CNM graduates are fully equipped to become successful therapists. Statistics have shown that more than 80% of CNM graduates are practising. To advance therapeutic skills, CNM offers post-graduate courses and additional training. CNM graduates are eligible to enrol on BSc or MSc programmes at various universities. CNM is happy to guide its students in choosing the best programme for their individual needs.
Junior or Leaving Certificate, or equivalent academic and/or work experience.
Nutrition Course intake dates:
Typically, students enrol for the Autumn (Oct) or Spring (Feb) intakes. However, since our Biomedicine course is built on a modular system, new students can join the course at various points throughout the year.