Oregon Holistic Nutrition School with Program Descriptions

Jul 29, 2019

There are four schools in Oregon that have traditional nutrition programs and some of them have holistic nutrition-related courses. Read an overview of these programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

There are no holistic nutrition schools in Oregon; however, there are schools that offer holistic nutrition-related courses as part of conventional nutrition studies programs. There is also a natural medicine school with programs that contain nutrition as part of the curriculum. Many schools' programs are at the graduate level, but there are three undergraduate or certificate programs available. Some schools offer some of the required classes online and practical examinations are often mandatory to pass.

Following are brief overviews of Oregon's five available schools with holistic-nutrition-related classes, as well as a comparison table that shows individual school offerings and tuition info.

Central Oregon Community College

Located in Bend, Central Oregon Community College offers a nutritional therapy practitioner training certificate program for current professionals. The Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA) provides this program. This is a distance format class that also requires students to attend three all-day weekend workshops as part of the NTA certification requirement. In the online portion, students review lectures and participate in weekly conference calls. They must also complete homework, write book reviews, review client/practitioner files and pass written and practical examinations.

National University of Natural Medicine

Nutritional therapy is a component of the naturopathic doctoral degree program offered by the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland. Clinical nutrition is introduced during the second and third years of this program, covering the health effects of foods and diets and the use of nutritional therapies. The program also discusses integrating nutrition with other naturopathic techniques. Additionally, the school offers a Chinese medicine master's program that briefly covers nutrition, as well as a Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research that includes a nutrition research component.

Oregon Health & Science University

Oregon Health & Science University, situated in Portland, offers four graduate programs in conventional nutritional practices. Most of the nutrition programs do not address holistic nutrition. The Master of Clinical Dietetics is a non-thesis program with an emphasis on medical nutrition therapy, which is the most closely related program to holistic nutrition. The Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition is offered to registered dietitians as a thesis program in traditional clinical nutrition.

The Dietetic Internship graduate certificate program consists of 10 months of classroom and practical experience. The combined dietetic internship/masters degree program allows students to complete the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition program concurrently with the Dietetic Internship Certificate program.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University's (OSU) College of Public Health and Human Sciences is located in Corvallis. The school is home to the new whole-grain foods nutrition research facility, the Moore Family Center for Whole-Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventative Health. OSU offers one undergraduate and two graduate degree programs in nutrition. The Bachelor of Science program offers majors in nutrition and health sciences, nutrition and food service systems and dietetics.

The Master of Science in Nutrition is a 4-year program in traditional nutrition that offers holistic nutrition-related electives, including nutrition and exercise, medical nutrition therapy and health benefits of functional foods. The PhD in nutrition is a research-oriented program geared towards traditional nutrition practices and research.

Portland Community College

The National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP) approves the nutritional therapy program at this Portland college. This is a non-degree program directed towards health professionals, professionals making a career change and those with undergraduate or graduate degrees seeking certification in nutritional therapy. A high school diploma and some college is preferred for admission. This four-term course is available online or in person and provides courses in nutrition and traditional Chinese medicine, pathophysiology, and structure of nerves, nutritional therapy, traditional Chinese medicine and herbal studies. Graduates of the program are qualified to sit for the board certification exam in holistic nutrition and to become professional members of NANP.

Career Requirements

The state of Oregon requires dietitians to be licensed. This license is conferred upon applicants who have a 4-year degree in nutrition, dietetics or food system management, who have completed an approved internship program and who have passed an approved national competency examination.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Nutrition Degrees Offered Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
Central Oregon Community College 2-year, public; small city Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Certification Program $3,951 in-district; $5,373 out-of-district; $10,575 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
National University of Natural Medicine 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city Master of Science in Oriental Medicine,
Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research,
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
$14,170 (graduate)*
Oregon Health & Science University 4-year, public; large city Dietetic Internship certificate,
Master of Clinical Dietetics,
Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition,
Dietetic Internship/Master of Science and Clinical Nutrition combined
$26,845 (graduate)*
Oregon State University 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Science in Nutrition,
Master of Science in Nutrition,
Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition
$11,166 in-state; $30,141 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
Portland Community College 2-year, public; large city Nutritional Therapy Program $4,340 in-state; $9,200 out-of-state (undergraduate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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