REGISTRATION AND FEES
Q – Is there a specific time frame in which I need to register for IFNA™ Tracks or can I register at any time?
A – We recommend that you begin with Track 1, however, you can register for any IFNA™ Track at any time. Click here to register now! https://www.ifnacademy.com/register-here/
Q – Can I matriculate through the IFNA™ Tracks at my own pace?
A – Yes, you can enjoy IFNA™ training at your own pace! (Certain restrictions apply for IFNCP™ credential applicants. Click here for details: https://www.ifnacademy.com/ifncp-credential-q-a-handbook/)
Q – If I pay for one track, multiple tracks, or the IFNCP™ Review Course and for some reason I am not able to proceed with the training, what is IFNA™’s refund policy?
A – Once you enroll in any of the IFNA™ Tracks or the IFNCP™ Review Course, you will have immediate access, and therefore, refunds are not permitted.
Q – Are any group discounts offered?
A – Yes! IFNA™ offers group discounts for 5 or more people matriculating through our program. Please contact our office for special discounts that would apply for your group.
Q – Does IFNA™ allow payment plans or deposits?
A – We currently do not offer payment plans or take deposits. Full payment is due upon registration for each track. However, we do offer Paypal as a payment option which may offer you deferred payment for up to 6 months with no interest.
Q – Do full time students receive discounts?
A – Student discounts only apply to Track 1 – Get Ready…Just the Foundations™. Please refer to our Fee Schedule for more information.
PRACTITIONERS WITH PRIOR EXPERIENCE
Q – I recently took the first course of another online functional nutrition mentoring program for RDN’s. If I sign up with IFNA™, would I have to start at the beginning or could I start with Track 2?
A – One of IFNA’s guiding principles is “inquiry” – the desire for learning new concepts and deepening one’s knowledge in a spirit of intellectual curiosity and open-mindedness. In keeping with “a beginners mind”, we recommend that you start with our first track (Track 1…Get Ready…Just the Foundations™). There may be new information that we present in Track 1 that would benefit you as a practitioner. Also, this learning should reinforce and enrich the information you learned in another program. To help with having to pay twice for similar information, we offer a 25% discount for students that have taken another online, functional nutrition program. Just provide us with a written copy of your receipt or CPEU certificate and we will provide you with a one-time discount code for 25% off Track 1. Please note: this discount ONLY applies to Track 1 and can NOT be combined with any other discount or coupon code.
Q – What if I feel that I have a very solid foundation in Integrative and Functional Nutrition? Can I choose to start with Track 2?
A – Yes, you can start with Track 2. However, we strongly recommend that you start with our first track (Track 1). There will be new proprietary information that we present in Track 1 that would benefit you as a practitioner. Furthermore, you will get more out of Tracks 2 and 3 if you have had Track 1 first. You can also start with Track 4 – the Therapeutic Elimination Diets Track then complete Tracks 1, 2 and 3.
Please note: IFNA™ offers the “IFN Certified Practitioner™” credential. Upon successfully completing all 5 IFNA Tracks and passing all of the open-book quizzes, you can apply for the IFNCP™ (Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner™) credential. Click here for more details. IFNA™ does not permit skipping or “testing out” of any Tracks. Only qualified health care professionals can apply. If you are still unsure if you qualify, please email us at info@IFNAcademy.com.
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS/CREDITS
Q – Are Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs) offered for RDN’s?
A – Yes! Currently, CPEUs are offered for most of the modules in each of the 5 online Tracks, onsite Culinary Nutrition Immersion, and the IFNCP™ Review Course. You can earn even more CPEUs if you choose to purchase mentoring hours. RDNs in the United States applying for CPEUs with the CDR must apply for each module separately.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR ENROLLING IN IFNA™ ONLINE COURSES
Q – What are the qualifications for taking IFNA™ programs?
A – Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to take the online IFNA™ Tracks or Culinary Nutrition Immersion which leads to the Certificate of Training (COT). However, the application for the IFNCP™ credential are limited to health care practitioners or masters level university students in the health science/nutrition field. Health coaches, massage therapists, personal trainers, nutrition consultants and/or those with a high level of interest but no formal training are not eligible for the IFNCP™ credential unless they hold a minimum of a bachelors of science in nutrition PLUS 1000 hours of clinical practice within a 5 year period. If you have questions about eligibility, feel free to contact us at info@IFNAcademy.com.
Q – Who is eligible to submit an application for the IFNCP™ credential?
A – Eligible persons are:
- Health care practitioners (i.e. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Registered Nurses, etc.)
- Masters or Doctorate level university students in the health science/nutrition field
- Health coaches, massage therapists, personal trainers and nutrition consultants who have:
- a minimum of a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition from an accredited university AND
- acquired a minimum of 1000 hours in clinical practice within a 5 year period.
Those with a high level of interest but no formal training are not eligible to apply for the IFNCP™ credential. In cases where eligibility is uncertain, the credential board will determine on a case by case basis. If you have questions about eligibility, feel free to contact us at info@IFNAcademy.com.
EXAMS AND QUIZZES
Q – Do IFNA™’s Tracks have quizzes? If so, are these quizzes open book?
A – Yes! Each module has an end-of-module quiz that must be taken before moving on to the next module. We encourage students to make use of all of their resources when taking our online quizzes.
Q – Do I have to pass the quizzes with a minimum grade to be able to move on to the next module?
A – Yes, students need to score a minimum score of 80% or better before proceeding to the next module. Students can retake the online quiz until they score 80% or better.
CERTIFICATE OF TRAINING versus CREDENTIAL/IFN CERTIFIED PRACTITIONER™ REQUIREMENTS
Q – What are the requirements for the IFNA™ Certificate of Training?
A – In order to receive the IFNA™ Certificate of Training, students Tracks 1, 2, 3 and 4 and all module quizzes. For a description of each module within each Track, click here.
Q – What are the requirements for the “IFN Certified Practitioner™” credential?
A – Credential applicants have 24 months to:
- complete all 5 IFNA™ Tracks (For a description of each module within each Track, click here.)
- pass all of the module quizzes
- submit an application (upon completion of the entire program) and a one time application fee of $149
Once an application is submitted, applicants have a maximum of 12 months to take the IFNCP™ credential exam. Upon completion, they will be awarded the IFN Certified Practitioner™ designation (IFNCP™) and placed in our directory of IFN certified practitioners.
Please note – The Certificate of Training and the IFN Certified Practitioner™ programs are both optional. CPEUs are earned regardless.
CONTENT OF MODULES AND TRACKS
Q – Will the modules offer any handouts, protocols, and/or instructional and clinical tools?
A – Yes! The modules in our learning management system will offer a variety of robust instructional tools including downloadable powerpoint presentations, customizable educational tools, a plethora of patient handouts, clinical protocols, seminal journal articles, audio and video recordings and so much more!
Q – Am I allowed to distribute IFNA™ or IFM tools?
A – You may use any IFNA™ or IFM proprietary tool with your patients. You may not distribute any IFNA™ or IFM proprietary tools to other health care professionals. You are welcome to present IFNA™ ideas and concepts to any group. If you are unsure, please email us at info@IFNAcademy.com.
Q – How much time can I expect each module to take me to complete?
A – We estimate you’ll need approximately 7 hours to complete each module, however, this will depend on how many times you choose to review the materials included in each module. We offer 33 “fully-loaded” modules divided into 5 Tracks spread out over the course of a year. Click here for a description of each module. There are many components to each module, including a 90-120 minute video presentation led by special guest faculty, a comprehensive toolkit, many resources and the end-of-module quiz. There are also many tools, handouts, protocols, brandable documents, resources, research papers, patient questionnaires, downloadable powerpoints and so much more that we load each module with!
Q – Are students encouraged/expected to work together? If so, how will students communicate with each other?
A – Every module within each track has a private, online discussion forum integrated into learning management system reserved strictly for paid IFNA™ students. This is where students are encouraged to share comments and ask questions about the topics in each module. Outside of the discussion forum, there is also the free IFNA™ Google group listserv (electronic mailing list) open to any health care professional to ask and share information about a variety of healthcare topics.
Q – What do I get for being an IFNA™ member?
A – For only $79/year, IFNA™ members receive discounts to:
- IFNA™ online immersion programs* – 10% off of all 5 Tracks
- Lise Alschuler, ND – TAP Integrative (see www.TAPIntegrative.org) membership. Normally priced at $150 – only $99 for IFNA members. Contact us at info@IFNAcademy.com for your promo code.
- Emerson Ecologics and Natural Partners – Receive 20% off your first order when you open a new account!
- Genomics Solutions Now (GSN) nutrigenetic testing
- Lord and Bralley’s Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine textbook
- KalixHealth.com – a practice management software system
- Dr Kara Fitzgerald’s eBook: Methylation, Diet and Lifestyle
- Healthie – an online practice management platform
- PlateJoy – personalized, on-demand meal plans
- Doctors Supplement Store
- Victus Health – Menu Planning Software and Real Food Recipe Database
- Fruit Street Telehealth software
*The membership discounts do not apply for Personal Mentoring, Onsite Culinary Nutrition Immersion or the optional IFNCP™ Review Course.
Members should contact us for promo codes.
Q – Can I become an IFNA™ member without going through any of IFNA™ training programs?
A – Yes! We welcome any health care professional to become an IFNA™ member and enjoy all the member benefits.
ONLINE CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS vs TRADITIONAL DEGREES
Q – This course looks like a Master’s level education in IFN. For the student that does not actually “need” a master’s degree, will the course be a good substitute at much less cost?
A – In developing the IFNA™ curriculum, we have attempted to take the best of what academic settings offer while balancing that with the time constraints that most working healthcare professionals are managing on a daily basis. IFNA™ programs are not academic degrees, however, we feel that the IFNA™ program offers the most cutting edge, online/distance learning, scientifically oriented, peer-reviewed, Integrative and Functional Nutrition program on the market today. Given the attractive pricing per track, we feel that the IFNA™ program offers considerable “education density” per dollar and time.
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