Guidelines for Nutrition Program Approval

Nutrition education programs must demonstrate proficiency in the following educational standards to become NANP approved, and to allow graduates to become Professional members of our association, and apply to sit for our Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition. To be considered for NANP review, career/ technical/ vocational/ trade schools and occupational certification programs must be recognized as private post-secondary educational institutions by the state or province in which they operate.

Review Fee: $950 USD

Nutrition Program Educational Standards

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition
    • Macronutrients
    • Micronutrients
  • Nutrition & Pathophysiology:
    • Nutritional Support of the Body (Digestive, Immune, Cardiovascular, Musculoskeletal, Nervous, Lymphatic, Integumentary)
    • Environmental Influences on Health & Disease
    • Symptomology of insufficiency, excess and impaired metabolism
  • Life Cycle
    • Pediatrics
    • Men's health
    • Women's health
    • Geriatrics
    • Sports Nutrition
  • Comparative Dietary Systems
    • Diet analysis & planning
    • Popular diets review
    • Whole foods model
    • Cultural influences
  • Nutritional Supplementation
    • Indications of need
    • Contraindications and interactions with herbs, foods and medications
  • Nutrition Assessment
    • Health assessments
    • Analyzing laboratory results
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Introductory Herbology (minimum of 30 herbs covered)
  • Business Management
    • Legal Issues
    • Practice Development
  • Nutrition & Research Applications
  • Optional/preferable courses: whole foods cooking and menu/meal planning


Apply for Program Approval



  • Hard copy materials will NOT be returned to applying institutions.
  • Approved programs must notify the NANP of curriculum changes.  Failure to do so may result in approval revocation.
  • Programs that do not meet the educational standards, will be provided a list of deficiencies.
  • Graduates of schools that do not obtain NANP approval may still qualify for Professional membership, if they have successfully met the educational standards through prior or additional coursework from other programs.  
  • A telephone interview with the program director is required to complete the review process.