Distance learning students wishing to study holistic nutrition or become board-certified in holistic nutrition will find fully online programs at various levels. Those who complete a certificate program in holistic health courses from either the American College of Healthcare Sciences or the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts are qualified to take the credentialing exam offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board. Graduates who pass the exam become board certified in holistic nutrition. Important prerequisites include a high school diploma or GED and admissions interview or a bachelor's degree for graduate students.
American College of Healthcare Sciences
Distance learning students at the American College of Healthcare Science must have a high school diploma or GED and undergo an admissions interview with an advisor. Graduate students must also have a bachelor's degree. All distance learning programs at this college come with access to a virtual library comprising graduate surveys, student downloads and information on a broad range of course-related topics.
Holistic Nutrition Courses
The American College of Healthcare Sciences offers holistic nutrition courses fully online. These courses can be taken towards a master's or associate's degree in complementary and alternative medicine, a graduate certificate in nutrition or a certificate in holistic nutrition consulting. The course topics found throughout both of these degree programs include:
- Community health
- Plant identification
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
The technologies used in the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) distance education programs include discussion forums, lecture videos and a close communication with course instructors. The university has an online community where students can interact and discuss holistic health.
Certificate of Excellence in Holistic Nutrition
This 200-hour program aims to provide students with knowledge about the fundamentals of human wellness and the emotional and physical aspects of daily food intake. Students learn about such concepts as healthful grocery shopping habits, the therapeutic properties of unprocessed whole foods and seasonal recipes. Course topics for the program include:
- Therapeutic nutrition
- Whole foods cuisine
- Weight management strategy
- Disease prevention
Holistic nutrition college and school options for those wishing to learn online include a variety of study levels. The American College of Healthcare Sciences and the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts are two of these schools that offer holistic nutrition distance learning programs.