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The American Nutrition Association works to unleash the power of nutrition science to save and vitalize lives. One way we do this is by training nutrition professionals and other healthcare practitioners.

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Ketogenic Nutrition Education & Certification Program

There is much material and research available about the application of the ketogenic diet.  But little in the way of vetted training programs and materials for healthcare practitioners currently exists.  The American Nutrition Association (ANA) is in the process of developing an online program for nutritionists and other healthcare practitioners on the clinical application of ketogenic nutrition.  This program will be designed to meet the educational requirements for the Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist credential to be developed by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS).  

Educational Program Description:

The program will consist of 6 modules plus a final examination and will be geared to nutrition and other healthcare practitioners who have nutrition in the scope of practice.

Modules 1 and 2 will introduce ketogenic nutrition by addressing the history of the ketogenic diet and the basic foundations of the science in support of it as well as an understanding of ketone metabolism and the general principles of dietary formulation.   Module 3 will provide learners with the tools to assess, implement and monitor a ketogenic diet.  Module 4-6 will provide learners with the science to support the application of the ketogenic diet in select health conditions, including disorders of insulin regulation, cancer and neurological disorders.

Training Program Structure

Learners may choose from 2 distinct pathways of learning:

  1. Foundational Ketogenic Nutrition:  Requires completion of modules 1 -2 and provides basic concepts to enable health coaches and nutritionists to adequately counsel clients for whom a ketogenic diet has been prescribed.  No prerequisites are required, although a background in biochemistry or science is recommended.
  2. Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist:  Designed to meet eligibility requirements for BCNS Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist, this pathway is for licensed healthcare practitioners and requires completion of all 6 modules and passing score on the certification examination.


Who is Eligible



Foundational Ketogenic Nutrition


6 CEs

Health coach


Nutritionist or other healthcare practitioner

Background in biochemistry or general science recommended

Completion of Modules 1-2

Certified Ketogenic Nutrition Specialist


18 CEs

Licensed healthcare practitioner with nutrition in scope of practice


Degree in nutrition or dietetics

CNS, Master’s Degree in Nutrition or

Nutritional fundamentals prerequisite or equivalent

Completion of Modules 1-6


Passing score on BCNS ketogenic nutrition specialist exam




Nutritional Genomics Certification Program

Educational Program Description:

Provide training for the application of nutritional genomics in practice. The goal of such training
is to improve outcomes for the prevention and treatment of a broad range of health issues. The
training will serve as the educational basis of a certification program of the Board for
Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS).

Training Program Structure

Program will be self-paced, online, and modular, with 2 learning options:

  1. Foundational course: Modules 1-5, for those who wish to acquire a basic understanding of nutritional genomics principles and concepts.
  2. Advanced course: Modules 6-11, for those who wish to become nutritional genomics specialists. Course will meet eligibility requirements to sit for the examination for Certified Nutrigenomics Specialist. (To become certified, a supervised practice experience will also be required.)

Who is Eligible?

  • Nutrition Professionals (CNS, RDN, DACBN, CCN, others)
  • Advanced healthcare providers from a wide range of disciplines who meet the prerequisite CNS competencies (MD/DO, ND, physician assistants, MSN and NP nurses, DC)

Foundational Course

Prerequisites – must meet one of the following:

  • MS in nutrition or dietetics or CN
  • Nutrition coursework including biochemistry, nutrients in human health, clinical assessment, intervention, therapeutics

Foundational Course Overview:

This course will serve as a basic introduction to nutritional genomics through the lens of systems medicine. It will provide learners with basic tools needed to begin to apply nutritional genomics concepts in practice and with the foundational knowledge needed to advance their knowledge in the advanced program.

Foundational Course Learning Objectives: To provide learners with --

  • Fundamental understanding of genetics and genomics
  • Fundamental understanding of key regulatory pathways of nutritional genomics and their relevance in clinical practice
  • Fundamental understanding of metabolomics and how to validate genetic activity related to the key pathways with laboratory testing
  • Fundamental understanding of relationship between microbiome, neurotransmitters, and genomics
  • Ability to begin to apply key concepts in practice
  • Advanced Course
  • Prerequisites:
  • Foundational course (Modules 1-5)

Advanced Course Overview:

This course will build on the principles outlined in the foundational course. It will enable
practitioners to integrate nutritional genomics into assessment and development of personalized nutrition plans by providing a strong working knowledge of all key concepts.




For Consumers

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