Frequently Asked Questions

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? How long will I have access to the Tracks?

A – You can progress at your own pace, however, their is a 24-month time frame to complete the required Tracks if you’re interested in obtaining the IFNCP™ Advanced Practice Credential or the Certificate of Training (COT).

If you are interested in obtaining the IFNCP™ Advanced Practice Credential, you will have 24 months to complete all 5 IFNA tracks. Once you’ve reached your 24 month deadline, you will be unenrolled from all Tracks. IFNCP™ applicants will then have an additional year to register for the IFNCP™ Review Course and take their IFNCP™ Credential exam.

The IFNCP Review Course is an optional (but highly recommended) course for those interested in earning the IFNCP Credential. For those who fail to meet the requirement of completing all 5 Tracks within their 24-month time frame, this course will then be required, which simply secures your eligibility to move forward with the IFNCP Credential. However, registering for the IFNCP Review Course will NOT allow you to access the Tracks beyond your 24-month deadline.

For those who do not qualify for the IFNCP™ Credential, we offer a Certificate of Training (COT), and these students will have 24 months to complete Track 1-4. Again, once you’ve reached your 24 month deadline, you will be unenrolled from all Tracks.

*Please note that time frames are based on the date of your initial Track registration with IFNA.

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 – I’ve previously completed a Track but wish to retake the Track to deepen my understanding even further. Can I retake one or more Tracks and if so, are there any discounts available? 

A – Our Track Rewind special is available to anyone who is interested in retaking one (or more) of the 5 Tracks that we offer. The only requirement is that you must have successfully completed the Track you wish to retake. Our Track Rewind special offers you the opportunity to reregister at 50% off the current Track price. You will have LIFETIME access to the most up-to-date IFNA modules, including added bonus enrichment video presentations! *Note: bonus enrichment presentations have only been added to select modules. If you’re interested in taking advantage of the Track Rewind special, or would like more details, please email us at info@ifnacademy.com. You will also need to request a coupon code once you’re ready to register!

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.

Q – Does IFNA offer any discounts for VA dietitians?

A – Yes! VA Dietitians who are interested in registering for the IFNA program are eligible to receive a 10% discount towards Tracks 1-5. This special discount may also be used in conjunction with the 10% membership discount, which also applies to Tracks 1-5. Contact us at info@ifnacademy.com to request a special VA coupon code to use during registration. We thank you for serving our veterans!

 

PRACTITIONERS WITH PRIOR EXPERIENCE

Q – I recently took 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.  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. RDNs in the United States applying for CPEUs with the CDR must apply for each module separately. However, only one certificate of completion will be awarded for each Track.

 

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 is 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:

  1. Health care practitioners (i.e. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Registered Nurses, etc.)
  2. Masters or Doctorate level university students in the health science/nutrition field
  3. Health coaches, massage therapists, personal trainers and nutrition consultants who have:
    1. a minimum of a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition from an accredited university AND
    2. 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 the 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 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 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. 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  including handouts, protocols, brandable documents, resources, research papers, patient questionnaires, downloadable power points and the end-of-module quiz.

 

STUDENT COLLABORATION

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 registered 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 a 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.

 

IFNA MEMBERSHIP

Q – What do I get for being an IFNA™ member?

A – For only $97/year, IFNAMembers receive the following discounts and special pricing:

  • IFNA Online Tracks – 10% off Track 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Emerson Ecologics and/or Natural Partners – Open a new account receive 20% off of your first order
  • Evexia Diagnostics – Open a new account and the $250 set-up fee is waived
  • Genoma International – Open a new account and receive 30% off any nutritional genomic test panel for yourself or your client
  • Green Med Info – Enjoy 40% off the “Professional” subscription
  • Kalix Health – Enjoy 20% off your first year subscription
  • Lise Alschuler, ND. TAP Integrative – Become a member with TAP and receive the IFNA student rate of $99. Regular rate is $150
  • Dr Kara Fitzgerald’s eBook: Methylation, Diet and Lifestyle – Enjoy a 10% discount
  • Probiotic Advisor – Enjoy a 10% discount
  • Healthie – Receive one FREE month trial
  • PlateJoy – Receive one FREE month trial
  • Victus Health – Receive $50 off the FxMed Student Package
  • Doctors Supplement Store – New accounts earn a $100 cash bonus for $200 in sales in the first month. Established accounts receive 20% off of your order
  • FruitStreet TeleHealth – Receive the IFNA student rate of $120/month for the lifetime of the subscription. Regular rate is $300/month
  • Practice Better – Receive 20% off your first 6 months
  • Meal Garden – Receive 50% off your first 3 months
  • Living Plate Rx – FREE access to therapeutic diets/meal plans
  • Functional Nutrition Library (FNL) – Enjoy 50% off your subscription to the FNL

Following registration, members will be emailed the specific promo codes to utilize the above discounts.

Please note: The 10% membership discount does not apply to Personal Mentoring sessions, the Culinary Nutrition Immersion, the IFNCP Review Course, IFNCP™ Application or IFNCP™ Exam.

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 –  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.   The comprehensive IFNA curriculum has  been designed with consideration of the time constraints that working healthcare professionals are managing on a daily basis.   Given the attractive pricing per track,  the IFNA program offers considerable “education density” per dollar and time.

 

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