Thursday, 26 September 2013

How To Make Nutritional Therapy A Career For You!

I get asked a-lot on my facebook page for information on the course I am studying. 
I am almost finished my third and final year of a Naturopathic Nutrition Diploma course with the College of Naturopathic Medicine,(CNM) Dublin. 

Naturopathic Nutrition,in CNM's words "stresses the use of whole and organic foods as medicine - an integral concept of healing in many indigenous societies. Today, we see that a return to chemical-free foods, along with other dietary measures, is an effective answer to many health complaints and common conditions". 

It is an excellent course and very comprehensive, based on up to date scientific evidence and research based findings. It provides the platform for graduates to open their own clinical practice to help clients over come illness through food and nutrition. 

The first year of three focuses on biomedicine and gives students an incite into the human body and how each of the systems function. It is very interesting and very necessary if you are to understand the impact of nutrition on the body. If you are already working in the health industry or have already studied biomedicine you may be exempt from this particular year. 

Second and third years are based on nutrition studies and focuses on topics such as firstly the building blocks of nutrition eg micro and macro nutrients, types of diets, detoxification and then nutrition for disease processes. 

As well as the academic side of things years 2 and 3 also focus on clinical theory and clinical practice. The in-class clinical observations are extremely informative and involve observing actual clinical cases. This is key to gaining experience for our own clinical practices and total clinical hours are 200 over the final 2 years. 

I absolutely love the course. If you have a passion for nutrition and want to inform and help people overcome illness through nutrition I would strongly urge you to do it. 

I started this blog in 2011 as a little incentive to stick to Paleo. What it triggered in me was a realization that this is what I love and what I want to do with my life - teach people to realise that what we put into our mouths has SUCH an impact on how we feel and how healthy are bodies and minds are. 

If you feel the same way and are looking for a change of career I recommend you check out their website here

They have courses on offer in Dublin, Cork and Galway. They also have a base in the UK for those of you who wish to study over there. 

It is fully accredited with the Irish Association of Nutritional Therapy. 

I hope this helps! 



  1. Deirdre Reilly12 May 2014 at 03:39

    Hi, I hope you don't mind me much does this course cost? Thank you.

    1. I went to IINH in Bray, which is similar to CNM.. The course is 3.500 for the 1st year, then 4,000 for the 2nd and 4,000 for the 3rd.. With IINH, you can actually work as Nutrition and Health Coach after the 1st year.. then you can continue as Nutritional Therapist. IINH has cooking lessons too and offers podcast for every lecture, why CNM don't.

  2. Sonya McConville20 August 2015 at 10:36

    I know this is a old post but I have been looking into doing this same course, I was wonderin where you chose to do your clinic training for the 2nd & 3rd, and how you when about it. Thank you.

  3. These Nutrition diploma courses are a 3 year PART TIME course. This equates to only 15 hours per month as opposed to a full time course which is 15 hours per week contact time or 60 hours per month. A 3 year part time course is equivalent to less than 1 year full time study. It is simply deceiving to say that you have studied for 3 years. These part time courses lack training in clinical medicine and have absolutely no training in pharmacology and no research component. They are deficient in every way imaginable and produce practitioners that are frankly under-qualified and make dangerous prescriptions. When you have done the real thing you know. It is not your fault of course as there are little full time degrees on offer. But please be correct when you say you studied for 3 years. You did not study for 3 years. You studied for 3 years part time which is the equivalent of studying full time for less than a year. Some of us have actually studied a 4 year full time degree course. I did 3

  4. Creating personalised nutrition plans is a key task for nutritional therapists