Functional Nutrition Certificate

Deepen your knowledge of functional nutrition.

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FNC Certificate Highlights

Specialize in Functional Nutrition

Focus on integrated, holistic nutrition. Learn to better use food as a natural medicine while addressing physical performance and functioning. This certificate is designed to increase the student’s abilities to identify how nutrients influence the genome and their relationship to health and wellness, while also learning about the changing nutritional needs throughout the lifespan.

Integrate Functional Nutrition Into Your Area of Healthcare Practice

Integrate an understanding of functional nutrition into your area of healthcare practice. Whether you are a dietitian or a nurse, understanding and integrating functional, and holistic nutrition into your patients’ treatment plans can have great benefits.

Transfer into our MSHS Program

Are you interested in earning your master’s degree? Credits from our FNC certificate transfer directly into our Master of Science in Health Science (MSHS) program’s Functional Nutrition track. Our MSHS program is designed for a wide variety of healthcare professionals. Make an easy transition from our certificate program straight into your master’s degree.

Designed for Working Healthcare Professionals

Our FNC Certificate is designed especially for working healthcare professionals. With a completely-online program designed to fit with busy schedules, the HPE Certificate can fit your schedule.

Our FNC Certificate is designed to benefit individuals who fall into the following areas:

  • Individuals who have a desire to learn to better use food as a natural medicine while addressing physical performance and functioning
  • Health professionals who wish to better integrate nutrition into their interdisciplinary assessment and care planning
  • Individuals who wish to better understand the changing nutritional needs throughout the lifespan
  • Individuals who wish to understand how nutrients influence the genome

Interprofessional Program Experience

Learn in an interprofessional program. Students are from a variety of healthcare professions and are generally former or current clinicians. Interact with healthcare professionals from a wide range of disciplines, deepening your learning and networking experience.

Functional Nutrition Certificate Curriculum

Deepen your understanding of functional, holistic nutrition. Understand the relationships between nutrition, genetics, and lifespan.

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Functional Nutrition

Understand the functional nutrition approach to treating health conditions and preventing disease. Learn to identify and treat the root causes for some health conditions with this approach. Learn to understand the “food as medicine” perspective and nutrition assessment model to promote lifestyle behavior change as well as health and wellness benefits.

Nutrition & Genomics

Deepen your understanding of the interactions between nutrients and an individual’s genome. Learn the applications of genomic testing in clinical practice. Understand the relation of a genomic profile to overall health; understand the application to lifestyle and diet choices. Use an evidence-based DNA analysis of your own genes to understand the impact of nutrition on your individual weight loss and body composition, nutrient metabolism, heart health, performance, and more.

Evidence-Based Practice

Within every track, you will complete a core selection of classes that prepare you to advance your career as a PA in general. The core courses include professional and scientific writing, healthcare legal and ethical issues, and more.

IMPORTANT DATES

Summer 2021

Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
Final Application Deadline: April 5, 2021
Semester Start:  May 3, 2021

Fall 2021

Priority Application Deadline:  June 28, 2021
Final Application Deadline:  August 2, 2021
Semester Start: August 30, 2021

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Master’s or professional degree–but a bachelor’s student with appropriate background (biology, chemistry, anatomy & physiology) would be eligible with acceptance determined on an individual basis.

Certificate program candidates can include:

  • Dietitians/nutritionists
  • Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Health coaches
  • Eating disorders coaches
  • Health professionals with an interest in functional nutrition

Tuition

ProgramSemestersCost Per CreditMinimum CreditsTotal TuitionOther Program Specific FeesVarious Lab, Equiptment & Association Fees throughout the programUniversity Resource Fee (per semester)Additional InformationProgram Requirments
Master'sMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS)Five or Six Semesters (20 - 24 months depending on curriculum choice)$69030$20,700

Optional Thesis (3 credits in semester 6) $2070

Thesis Commitee Fee $1050

$32 per credit
Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)Five Semesters (20 months)$94851$48,348*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000$32 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practicioner (MSN-PMHNP)Five Semesters (20 months)$94860$56,880*Lab Fee (NUR 654) $750$32 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)

Tuition will vary depending on transfer credit awarded.

Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practicioner (MSN-FNP/PMHNP)Six Semesters (24 months)$94878$73,944*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000$32 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP/ENP)Six Semesters (24 months)$1,01466$66,924

*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000

**ENP Course Fees (ultrasound sim, EKG sim, disposable supplies) $3,000

$32 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)

**ENP Course Fees are charged as $200 per ENP credit per semester

Master'sMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Seven Semesters (28 months)$997114$113,658$9,819$32 per credit*

*Up to 15 credits. No additional charge above 15 credits.

Please refer to the MPAS program’s Program Costs policy for full details on tuition, fees, and other expenses.

Master'sMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS MedSLP)Six Semesters (24 months)$99080$79,200$2,956$32 per credit

Always refer to your curriculum schedule for the most up-to-date tuition payment schedule.

Students choose elective courses, with variable credit loads. At least 6 elective credits required.

Master'sMaster of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC)/Master of Science in School Counseling (SC)Seven Semesters (28 months)$69860$41,880Counseling Student Resource Fee (per semester) $100$32 per credit

*Program requires student to complete 2 elective courses (6 credits total). Elective options are offered with variable timing and should be discussed with program advisor.

Dual‐degree program option exists: Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Masters of Science in School Counseling. This dual-degree option requires student to complete an additional 12 credits (72 credits total). This extends the program to 9 semesters or 36 months.

*Dual‐degree program requires student to complete 1 elective course (3 credits total). Elective options are offered with variable timing and should be discussed with program advisor.

Master'sMaster of Science in Athletic Training Practice (MSATP)Six Semesters (24 months)$69033$22,770$32 per credit

*5 additional credits consist of HLA 620 (3 credits), ATH 720L (1 credit), ATH 730L (1 credit), which have variable timing.

The Healthcare Leadership course – HLA 620 (3 credits) can be taken in any semester. The lab courses ‐ ATH 720L & ATH 730L (1 credit each) – need to be taken during an on-site summer immersion session. Students can choose which summer immersion session they attend, and only need to attend one session to complete their course of study.

DoctoralDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc)Four or Five Semesters (16 - 20 months depending on curriculum choice)$76136$27,396Course Fee for HLA 620* $100$32 per credit

*Students that select the Healthcare Leadership and Administration concentration track will have a course fee of $100 for the HLA 620 course which will be used to purchase a validated emotional intelligence assessment report.

Students in the DMSc program (regardless of concentration track) choose between two curriculum models to complete the 36 credit hours: the Integrated Model and the Phased Model. Both curriculum models are designed so PA clinicians, educators, and administrators can continue professional work obligations while completing this degree. In the Integrated Model, students complete the practicum and applied scholarly project courses concurrently with the other didactic courses. Students may complete the Integrated Model in as little as four semesters. In the Phased Model, students complete the didactic courses before completing the practicum and applied scholarly project courses. Students may complete the Phased Model in as little as five semesters.

PAs with bachelor’s degrees who have not previously completed a master’s or doctoral degree may enroll in the DMSc program and will be required to successfully complete the following additional courses that are offered by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

HS 504 Research Methods (3 credits)
HS 506 Data & Decision Making (3 credits)
HS 507 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

DoctoralDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s)Five Semesters (20 months)$94847$44,556Scholarly Project Fee (to be applied in semester 5 when completing project) $2000$32 per credit
CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner (FNPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Four Semesters (16 months)$94831$29,388*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000$32 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
CertificateEmergency Nurse Practitioner (ENPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Three Semesters (12 months)$1,15015$17,250*ENP Course Fees (ultrasound sim, EKG sim, disposable supplies) $3000$32 per credit*ENP Course Fees are charged as $200 per ENP credit per semester
CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Nurse Practitioner (FNPC/ENPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Five Semesters (20 months)$1,01446$46,644

*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000

**ENP Course Fees (ultrasound sim, EKG sim, disposable supplies) $3000

$32 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit).

**ENP Course Fees are charged as $200 per ENP credit per semester

CertificatePsychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health)Four Semesters (16 months)$94840$37,920*Lab Fee (NUR 654) $750$32 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)

Tuition will vary depending on transfer credit awarded.

DoctoralDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Eight Semesters (32 months)$852129$109,908$1,805$32 per credit*Up to 15 credits. No additional charge above 15 credits.
DoctoralDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesNine Didactic Semesters and minimum of Three Dissertation Semesters (48 months)$93570$65,450Dissertation Committee Fee $3000$32 per credit
DoctoralDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Four Semesters (16 months)$90830$27,240$32 per credit
DoctoralDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Seven Semesters (28 months)$96740$38,680Capstone Fee (for two committee members) $2360$32 per credit
DoctoralTransitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)Three or Four Semesters (12 - 16 months depending on curriculum choice)$94824$22,752$32 per credit
CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner Certificate/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (FNPC/PMHNPC)Five Semesters (20 months)$94858$54,984*Lab Fee(to be applied in semester 1) $1000$32 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
CertificateHealthcare Leadership and Administration Certificate (HLA)$43012$5,160$32 per credit
CertificateHealthcare Professions Education Certificate (HPE)$43012$5,160$32 per credit
CertificateEmergency & Primary Care in Athletic Training Practice Certificate (EPCAT)$43010$4,300$32 per credit
CertificateHealth & Wellness Coaching Certificate (HWC)$4309$3,870$32 per credit
CertificatePost‐Professional Occupational Therapy Certificates$5009$4,500$32 per credit
CertificatePsychiatry Certificate (for PA clinicians)$43015$6,450$32 per credit
CertificateMental Health Couseling Certificate & School Counseling Certificate (MHCC)(SCC)$69815$10,470Counseling Student Resource Fee (per semester) $100$32 per credit

Mental Health Counseling Certificate

Mental Health Counseling: (2-3 courses, 6-9 credits required)Credits
CO 650 Mental Health Care Systems3
CO 671 Internship A - Mental Health3
CO 672 Internship B - Mental Health3
Mental Health Counseling Course Total:6-9
Determined Courses: (2-3 Courses; 6-9 credits required)
Deficit courses; based on transcript review and license requirements.6-9
Determined/Deficit Course Total:6-9
Total Certificate Required Credits:15
Two-year deadline for program completion from the start date of the program

School Counseling Certificate

School Counseling Courses: (4 courses, 12 credits required)Credits
CO 640 Foundation of School Counseling3
CO 641 School Services, Administration & Evaluation3
CO 642 Counseling Interventions for Student Success3
CO 655 Field Work in Counseling3
School Counseling Course Total:12
School Internship Courses: (1 Course; 3 credits required)
CO 673 Internship A - School Counseling3
CO 674 Internship B - School Counseling3
School Internship Course Total:3-6
Optional Courses:
Deficit courses; based on transcript reviewAs needed
Optional Course Total:As needed
Total Certificate Required Credits:15
Two-year deadline for program completion from the start date of the program
CertificateFunctional Nutrition Certificate (FNC)$43012$5,160$32 per credit

Faculty

Denise Pickett-Bernard

Denise Pickett-Bernard

PhD, RDN, LDN, IFMCP, IFNCP

Associate Professor, FNS Certificate Program and FNS Track Director

UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.