Program Summary ―

IFNS is an online nutrition supervision program specifically designed to prepare functional and integrative nutrition professionals to pursue board certification as a Certified Nutrition Specialist® (CNS)®. Additionally IFNS supports nutrition specialists who are looking to gain clinical experience and collaborate with leaders and experts in the field of integrative and functional nutrition.

The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS)® requires 1,000 hours of documented supervised nutrition practice experience, in addition to a passing grade on the CNS® board exam. This program provides the supervised practice hours for those working towards CNS® certification. It is perfectly suited for nutrition professionals (or nutrition students) who are self-sufficient and looking to gain supervised practice experience.

Functional Nutrition Internship

Requirements ―

To be eligible for admission into the IFNS program, individuals must:

  • Hold a Masters of Science in the field of nutrition, or be fully matriculated into a Master of Science in the field of nutrition program

  • Be seeking certification through the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS)®

  • Poses the ability to work independently, and have access to BCNS® approved educational opportunities or practice hours

Program Specifics ―

Supervision hours will be met through a combination of the following:  case studies, case presentations, round table discussions, virtual client visits*, in-person client visits*, protocol development and review, expert lectures, grand rounds and seminars.

Clinical experience will take place at the candidate's place of employment, private practice or internship. Options including:

  • Educational programs in the community (corporate wellness, lunch and learns, webinars, cooking demo's, grocery store tours, etc.)

  • Individual clinical work (working as a nutrition professional in private practice or in a group clinical setting)

  • Group clinical work

Details ―

  • The program will run 3 cohorts each year; Spring (beginning in February), Summer (beginning in June), and Fall (beginning in September). The spring and fall Cohorts run for approximately 4 months and can provide up to a maximum of 400 hours. The summer cohort runs for 8 weeks and may provide a maximum of 200 hours.

  • The recommended commitment is 20-25 hours per week of clinical experience to accumulate the 400 supervised hours per cohort (400 hours per 4 months).

  • Approximately 8 hours per month will be spent directly in activities associated with the supervision program.

  • The amount of hours spent in clinical practice will vary from individual to individual based on ability to accumulate clinical hours outside of the program.

  • There is a slow track available for nutrition professionals that aren't able to accumulate 20+ hours of clinical work per week.

  • The IFNS program is broken down into several "hour options" 200/400/800/1000. You can apply for the amount of hours you require. You will stay on with the IFNS program until you have completed the amount of hours you have signed up for. i.e. if you signed up for the 400 hour cohort, you will remain in the program until you have fulfilled that requirement. This timeline will vary from participant to participant based on the amount of hours you are accumulating outside of direct supervision.

  • This program is perfectly suited for self-sufficient nutritionists that have opportunities to gain hours on their own time (via private practice, corporate wellness, teaching opportunities, or other CNS approved activities)

  • NEW! If you are interested in IFNS but are not yet seeing private clients read about our Monthly Shadowing program

Applications Open on August 1st, 2019 

How Does It Work?

If accepted into the IFNS program you will participate in the following:

  • Weekly Nutrition Case Presentations (including clinical discussion and lab analysis)

  • Weekly Case Conferences

  • Weekly Nutrition Team Q&A Sessions

  • Expert Lectures

  • Roundtable Discussions

  • Virtual client visits