Frequently Asked Questions
About the School
What is the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)?
The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) is the world’s largest nutrition school and the leading Health Coach Training Program. We’re more than a school, we’re a movement. The Integrative Nutrition community is a strong, active group of more than 60,000 Health Coaches in over 120 countries.
Our curriculum is comprised of cutting-edge nutrition education, personal development tools, and coaching skills, all unique to Integrative Nutrition. These teachings guide students in transforming their own lives and then working with clients to improve their health and lives, creating a ripple effect that transforms the world.
For more information about our curriculum, please visit our curriculum page.
What is your mission?
Our mission is to play a crucial role in improving health and happiness, and through that process, create a ripple effect that transforms the world.
How long has Integrative Nutrition been around?
Integrative Nutrition was founded by Joshua Rosenthal in 1992. Since then, Integrative Nutrition has been at the forefront of holistic nutrition education, offering the leading Health Coach Training Program in the world.
Who is Joshua Rosenthal?
Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder, Director, and Primary Teacher of Integrative Nutrition. He is a pioneer and visionary in holistic health and wellness. He holds a Master’s of Science in Education and has over 30 years of experience in health, wellness, personal development, and coaching.
Who is your student body?
Our community continues to grow with more than 60,000 students and graduates in over 120 countries.
Our students come from diverse backgrounds and include busy professionals, entrepreneurs, medical practitioners, and stay-at-home moms. While the diversity is vast, all our students have one thing in common: the desire to improve the health and well-being of as many people as possible.
We welcome all academic backgrounds and abilities. Our unique teaching style makes this an empowering educational experience for all types of learners.
Our students range in age from 18 to 80+. People of all ages can benefit from our training program and become extremely effective Health Coaches.
Who teaches the classes?
About half of our program is taught by Joshua Rosenthal, the Founder and Director of Integrative Nutrition. Classes are also taught by experts in the health and wellness field including leading doctors, PhDs, and researchers like Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Deepak Chopra, David Wolfe, Dr. Mark Hyman, and many more.
Learn more about some of our visiting teachers here.
Does Integrative Nutrition do community service?
Yes. The Integrative Nutrition community is committed to making a difference by improving the health and happiness of people worldwide. Over the years, we’ve given to many charities and foundations that share our mission. See some of the organizations we donate to here.
Can your program be completed online? How does online learning work?
Our course is entirely online, which allows you to complete the Integrative Nutrition curriculum and become a Health Coach from anywhere in the world. You’ll receive access to the IIN Learning Center, a convenient and easy-to-use app, allowing you to balance your education with your busy schedule.
No matter where you study, you’ll feel connected to the Integrative Nutrition community through the Learning Center and social media. Students use the Learning Center to discuss course topics and find support around health concerns, business building, and client concerns.
Learn more about the curriculum here.
How long is the program?
The program takes just under one year to complete, and you can start working with clients halfway through. This way, we can support you as you work with your first clients, and some students even pay back their tuition before they graduate.
Can I graduate early?
No. The modules are intentionally crafted to build upon each other and facilitate learning through absorption and retention of information. That said, modules are released at set times and you cannot skip ahead. We lay a foundation for you to build upon week after week to ensure that you get the most out of the program.
What is a Health Coach?
A Health Coach is a wellness professional who works with clients to help them feel their best through food and lifestyle changes. Health Coaches help clients develop a deeper understanding of the foods and lifestyle choices that work best for them and implement changes that improve their energy, balance, and health. Instead of prescribing one diet or way of exercising, Health Coaches tailor individualized plans to meet client needs.
How is a Health Coach different from a Registered Dietitian (RD)?
Registered Dieticians (RDs) receive a more scientific nutritional training, while Health Coaches are taught a more holistic approach. Health Coaches address health issues holistically, whereas RDs are trained to recommend nutrition macros and micros in medical settings and analyze dietary intake. Health Coaches and RDs both play equal, important, yet different roles in healthcare.
Read more about different nutrition certification options here.
What makes Integrative Nutrition different than any other health coach training program?
Integrative Nutrition is the only school that explores more than 100 dietary theories, and it takes a more holistic approach to health and wellness. At IIN, we emphasize the theory of bio-individuality, which is the idea that no one diet or lifestyle approach works for everyone.
Where can I work as a Health Coach?
Health Coaches work in a variety of settings including doctor’s offices, wellness centers, gyms, spas, schools, and private practices.
How much can Health Coaches charge?
This will depend on your experience, your target market, where you work, and what types of programs you offer. Our graduates charge anywhere from $100-$500+ per hour for their services.
Can I enroll while working full-time or part-time at another job?
Yes. Many of our students have full or part-time jobs while in school with us. Our program is designed to fit the needs of busy, ambitious people who want to make a career change or supplement their current careers.
Can I enroll even if I don’t want to be a Health Coach?
Yes. Many of our students enroll at Integrative Nutrition to work through their own health struggles and accomplish their goals. Many students find that experiencing their own health transformation inspires them to help others in some way.
After graduation, what programs will I be trained to administer?
With our health coach certificate, you will be able to facilitate 6-month health coaching programs to guide clients in creating lasting change.
The 6-month program is a great place to start and can be altered to best suit the needs of your clients. We have many graduates who have altered the 6-month program to work with specific types of clients.
Many graduates choose to work with clients in group settings and for shorter and/or longer periods of time. Working in a group format allows you to work with more clients in a shorter period of time, which may be practical for someone interested in health coaching part-time. Many Health Coaches also choose to work with people of different income levels.
What accreditation is available after completing the program?
When you graduate from our Health Coach Training Program, you will receive an IIN certificate in health coaching. You may also be eligible for a certificate and/or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from our academic partners upon successful completion of the program.
Learn more about our academic partnerships here.
How can I obtain a Curriculum Guide?
You can download it here.
How It Works
How often does the program run?
A new course begins approximately every 2 months.
What are your admission requirements and/or prerequisites?
While there are no academic prerequisites, we do require each applicant to hold a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent. We seek students with a strong commitment to health and wellness who are ready for a transformative experience.
Please contact us at (877) 730-5444 for a phone consultation with an Admissions Representative, who will help you determine if Integrative Nutrition is the right program for you.
What are the benefits of enrolling early?
When you enroll early, you don’t have to wait for classes to start. Instead, you get access to an in-depth, online, exclusive warm-up program called the Fundamentals. By starting early, you hit the ground running and get head start. You become familiar with our unique approach before classes start, and you have extra time to connect and network with classmates through the Learning Center.
How will I be supported in the program?
Students in the program connect with fellow classmates and an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach on scheduled phone coaching sessions during the year. Your Integrative Nutrition Health Coach will provide curriculum and business guidance, demonstrate coaching techniques, and support you with nutrition and primary food concerns. Coaching Circle groups have their own Facebook pages for students to further connect and learn from each other.
Our Learning Center is an interactive place to discuss the online course and class material and to ask questions via the Help Center 24 hours a day. Many of our students also use the Learning Center and Facebook to connect with other students in their area, find accountability coaches, and create their own study groups. This is a great way to gain extra support from your student community.
How much personal attention will I get as a student?
A lot! One of the defining aspects of our program is the amount of personal attention students receive.
We are not like most schools where the staff and faculty don’t know your name (and where you rarely have time and space to ask questions and be heard). We take pride in supporting you so that you will get the most out of the Health Coach Training Program.
You'll have access to staff and graduates 24/7 through the IIN Learning Center and Facebook. You will also have a series of group calls led by a successful Health Coach. You will be amazed at how supported and connected you will feel throughout the program.
Can you tell me more about student websites?
Each student receives a ready-to-use, comprehensive website. You’ll be able to personalize your website with your own text and photos, and customize it for your unique business.
Does this school have a religious affiliation?
We are not affiliated with any religion. One of the foundational elements of our curriculum is something we call primary food. Primary food includes spirituality, exercise, a fulfilling career, and satisfying relationships. All of these elements nourish you at a much deeper level than the food on your plate.
For some, spirituality in the context of primary food may mean following the tenets of an organized religion. For others, it may mean taking a walk outside and reconnecting with nature. We support our students in finding spirituality and connection that works for them.
Learn more about the Integrative Nutrition curriculum here.
Do you teach a vegetarian/vegan approach to nutrition?
IIN does not preach any one dietary theory. We expose you to over 100 diets, and teach the overarching concept of bio-individuality, the idea that no one diet works for everyone. At Integrative Nutrition, students explore different ways of eating so they know how to create personalized plans dependent on age, health, activity level, where they live, personal tastes and preferences.
Learn more about the nutrition concepts covered in the curriculum here.
Do you have any age requirements?
You must be 18 or older to enroll. Our student body ranges from 18 to 80+.
Do you offer financial aid?
We recognize that financing an education is a major commitment. We do not offer financial aid, but we do offer several different payment plans and financing options to make this education affordable for you. To discuss tuition and financing options, please call an Admissions Representative at (877) 730-5444 or email us at email@example.com.
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I’m ready to enroll. How do I sign up?
Congratulations! We are happy to get you started. Call (877) 730-5444 to enroll or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International number: +1 (212) 730-5433.
Higher Education Opportunities
What types of continuing education opportunities are available to me after IIN?
After you graduate from IIN, you can apply your Integrative Nutrition education toward a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or other certificate. You’ll also be able to earn continuing education credits.
Our academic affiliations allow our graduates to continue their professional and scholastic development in the health and wellness industry. Our partnerships offer flexibility, community, and individualized learning, allowing you to pursue a higher degree without uprooting or disrupting your life.
Learn more about our Higher Education Opportunities click here.