Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Functional Nutrition

Questions? Contact: Wes Harwood

Are you serious about starting a healthcare career in nutrition?

Or do you want to incorporate nutrition into your current healthcare practice?

The Functional Nutrition program at PCC Institute for Health Professionals will provide you a solid foundation to start your professional nutrition career or add holistic nutrition to your practice.

Why the Functional Nutrition program at PCC?

  • The program is based on the evolving landscape of healthcare, and how nutrition is playing an important role in functional medicine and integrative healthcare.
  • Our instructors are practitioners and experts in their specific field.
  • Our curriculum is science-based. You'll learn nutrition principles backed by verified scientific research.
  • The program also pulls on traditional wisdom such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda for a well-rounded perspective on nutrition.
  • This program will provide you the foundational platform for continued, life-long learning in the field of nutrition.
  • We are continually growing our relationships with partner university and colleges to give our students advantages in continuing their education.
  • PCC Institute for Health Professionals has been a long-time sponsor school of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP), and our Functional Nutrition program is approved by NANP.

What to expect

  • The Functional Nutrition program is 1 year (4 terms) long and cohort-based.
  • Each term consists of 10 weeks of live online class learning with two sessions per week: Monday and Thursday, 6pm-9pm Pacific Time. Each session will be recorded for viewing later.
  • The program will be taught using the “flipped classroom.” That means you will come prepared to each online class with having read the basic concepts of the session. The class time will be used to ensure understanding and to apply of what you've learned in real-life scenarios. In this model, the instructor services as the facilitator of learning.
  • As part of the program, you will take the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB) certification exam after you complete your studies.

Who is this for?

Functional Nutrition is a college-level, professional preparatory program. Only individuals serious about starting a career in nutrition or expanding their current healthcare practice should apply.

The curriculum & instructors

Functional Nutrition: Foundations | Term 1 Functional Nutrition: Essentials | Term 2 Functional Nutrition: Your Practice | Term 3 Functional Nutrition: Perspectives | Term 4

The investment

  • Time:
    • 10 weeks per term
    • Meet 2 times a week, Monday & Thursday 6-9PM PST
    • Expect to prep 1-3 hours per one hour of classroom time (6-18 hours/week)
  • Tuition:
    • $6,096 for the entire program or $1,524 per term
    • Includes a NANP student membership, the exam resource guide, and the HNCB exam fee
    • Does not include books
    • Payment plans are available through PCC

Frequently Asked Questions

Will this program help me get a job or prepare me for a career?

Finding a job or starting a career in nutrition depends on two things. (1) What are your personal goals? Do you want to start your own practice? Do you want to supplement your current healthcare practice? Do you want to work as a nutritionist at a retail location? Knowing your goals is critical. (2) What does your state allow? Each state has different laws concerning what you can do as a nutritionist. In some states, for example, only Registered Dietitians (learn more about the difference between nutritionists and dietitians) can provide nutrition counseling. Please review your states stance on practicing nutrition at the Center for Nutrition Advocacy.

With these two things in mind, the Functional Nutrition program at PCC Institute for Health Professionals is a rigorous entry-level, professional preparatory program to get you started on your career in nutrition. As part of the program, you will take the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB) certification exam. If you pass, this certificate will give you credibility.  As you advance in the field, you can pursue additional certificates and degrees to increase your knowledge. If you're interested in learning more about what you can do as a nutritionist, please see our blog post “Explore the Many Job Opportunities for Nutritionists”.

Does this program focus on specific sicknesses?

This program does not focus on any particular sickness or disease. Instead, this program will give you a solid foundational understanding in nutrition. From this foundation, you can pursue continuing education to dive deep into a specific niche.

Is this program completely online?

Yes, this program is completely online with no in-person classroom time.

Is this program eligible for FAFSA funds/financial aid/scholarships?

Because the program is a non-credit college program (not a for-credit degree or certificate), no scholarships or financial aid are available. Upon registration, a student can make arrangements for payments through the Student Accounts Office.

Next steps:

Upcoming program launch and timeline

  • Applications open:
    July 5 – September 18, 2017
  • For early consideration:
    Submit by August 11, 2017
  • Early acceptance notification:
    August 12 – 15, 2017
  • Final acceptance notification:
    September 19, 2017
  • Registration and payment due:
    September 20, 2017
  • Attend orientation:
    September 21, 2017
  • First class session of fall term:
    September 25, 2017
The application:

Complete and send in an application packet, which includes:

  • Application form
  • Supplemental questionnaire
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of reference denoting applicant qualities and aptitudes for success in this field (to be sent directly to IHP, preferably completed by a health care professional)
  • Copy of any professional license(s) (if applicable)
  • Copy of college/university diploma OR official transcript from institutions attended or graduated (if applicable) (transcripts to be sent directly to IHP by school)