Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Nutritional Therapy

Questions? Contact: Wes Harwood

Important news

Beginning Fall Term 2016, the Institute for Health Professionals will implement a new, revamped, updated curriculum.  New student enrollment will be postponed until Fall 2016. Current students are encouraged to complete the existing program before that time. Learn more about what this means for you »

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CLIMB's Institute for Health Professionals Nutritional Therapy Program is approved by the National Association of Nutritional Professionals. Students who successfully complete the Nutritional Therapy program will meet the educational standards required for application to sit for the board exam in holistic nutrition. The course series is taught over four terms and includes the following topics:

  • Assessment Techniques
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Biochemical and pathophysiology of foods
  • Ayurvedics and traditional Chinese medicine/herbology
  • Business practice and ethics
  • Nutritional research and resources
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Buying, cooking, and storing food

The program is offered as a series of in-person, or online, courses. Please see the tab below “Upcoming Courses” for current Online and In-class Schedules.

Please be advised that the law to practice Nutritional Therapy varies depending on where you live. Please follow the link to Center for Nutrition Advocacy to learn more about the practice law and limitation in your state.

Is it right for you?

This series of classes is for health professionals and individuals with an avid interest in combining science (biochemistry and nutrition) and natural, drug-free medicine. Nutritional Therapy is also a great value added for health-industry small business owners, such as naturopathic physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists. If you would like to learn about a variety of nutritional topics - including the foundations of digestion, blood sugar, mineral and fatty acid balance, hydration, how weaknesses in these foundations lead to degenerative health problems, and how restoring balance improves overall health - these classes are for you!

Are you ready to take the Board Exam?

Students who successfully complete the CLIMB's Institute for Health Professionals Nutritional Therapy program will meet the educational standards required to become professional members of the NANP. New graduates may apply to sit for the exam without providing documentation of 500 contact hours. The candidate will be allowed two years from the date of his/her exam in which to provide this documentation. Until such time, the candidate will be able to use the title, "Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition Candidate®". Once you have submitted your Board Exam Application to HNCB, you will need to register and pay for the exam proctoring service. The exam date is Monday, May 9, 2016. Once paid, please email climbhealth@pcc.edu to confirm your registration.

Next Steps:

For more information on this program contact: Wes Harwood, or climbhealth@pcc.edu

To Register:
  1. View the current schedule of classes for Nutritional Therapy and write down your CRN .
  2. Visit Non-Credit Registration and create a new account. Returning PCC Students can skip this step.
  3. Register for your course online using MyPCC.