Distance learning: e-NTDC

This comprehensive part-time, modular course delivers up-to-date theoretical knowledge alongside rigorous clinical training to form the necessary basis of a career as a trusted, safe, effective Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with the very highest professional standards.


Content Summary

The course will first equip you with a comprehensive working knowledge of the components of food and its role in human biochemistry and physiology. You will progress to learning about the importance of dietary and environmental factors and their impact on health and disease, and the balancing, healing and therapeutic effects of food and nutrients, based on the principles of Functional Medicine. 

Functional Medicine is a science-based, holistic, patient-centred approach to assessment and prevention of complex health problems and chronic disease. It aims to identify biochemical and physiological imbalances which cause health problems in the individual, and address these principally through nutrition and lifestyle management.
The final stages of the Course will teach you the specialist and complex aspects of practice, and will require you to research, plan and reflect on how you propose to develop a successful career or business in Nutritional Therapy.


The e-NTDC offers the same high quality content and level of knowledge as the attendance Diploma Course with some additional features:

  • Flexible learning: any time, any place. Work at your own pace and save time, money and energy on travel.
  • Support: Our tutors and your peer group are there to support you – make use of our forums and contact us if you need help.
  • A dedicated e-learning tutor to support your particular needs and queries.
  • Interactive: e-NTDC provides an interactive environment with many exciting features to keep you engaged.
  • Combining all of the above with dedicated clinical practice attendance blocks in years 2 and 3 that enable you to meet course tutors and other students.
  • Easy to access: all you need is access to a computer (Mac and/ipad friendly) and a broadband internet connection.
  • Professional design: e-NTDC provides a carefully designed learning environment which is easy to navigate.
  • Latest e-Learning technology: The e-NTDC uses the most advanced e-Learning tools developed by e-learning professionals and is second to none in the Higher Education sector.
  • Attendance at ION: To ensure you graduate from the course, fully prepared to be the best Nutritional Therapist you can be, we require you to attend clinical practice sessions in years 2 and During year 2 you will attend the Institute for a 2 day workshop to introduce you to the principles of clinical practice During year 3 you will attend the Institute on another two occasions for 3 days each time. On both, visits you will conduct 3 clinical consultations and observe and learn from your peers. 


See PROSPECTUS for further information. 


If you wish to enquire or attend an Open Day, please contact us at 020 8614 7800 - Courses Enquiries. Otherwise please click here to register.


For more information please contact studentsupport@ion.ac.uk, 020 8614 7820


The Institute for Optimum Nutrition is an independent educational charity.
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