nutrition schools

Nutrition Schools

Getting into the realm of nutrition is not as simple as it seems. Unlike other disciplines of study, nutrition education is a relatively new field that has grown away from the standard of dietetics, and therefore there are just not that many accredited programs out there to support the field. In addition, you cannot just go to the book store to pick up a guide on nutrition schools either. You are therefore left to fend for yourself. Hopefully with the growing interest (yes all of you out there) the universities will take notice and start adding programs to their curriculum. Because I must say the list leaves something to be desired.

When I use the term nutrition, I am referring more to the study of nutrition with an alternative or holistic point of view. This would include the integration of other medicines such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Iridology etc. There are other programs out there that focus in other fields of nutrition such as public health, but you will not receive the same education focus in those programs. Therefore, if you are looking to get into the alternative/holistic nutrition field, here is a list that I have put together of the programs I have heard of.

As for my training, I personally got a degree at the University of Southern California in nutrition, and then did a program through the American Health Science University to become a certified nutritionist. Between those times I worked directly in a couple practices taking consultations and shadowing the nutritionists there. From there, my main education has been from learning from experts in the field. Ranging from MDs, NDs, DCs, and LAcs, I have worked with them directly in order to expand my experience and to learn what really works in practice, not just in theory. Because as good as your education is, nothing prepares you for the real world like real life practice.

As for my BEST advice for you, start your education in your area. Seek out alternative practitioners, health coaches and people in the nutrition field and ask to shadow them. See what their experiences are like and how they conduct their business. This is going to be the MOST valuable way to learn, because there are a lot of different avenues you can take in this field and many of them require different skills. Plus, I believe the best education is HANDS ON practice, and what you can learn from a seasoned practitioner is truly invaluable.

Secondly, once you enroll in a school, seek out the different supplement companies and go to their trainings. A couple good companies to start with are Apex Energetics, Premier Research Labs, Pure Encapsulations and Standard Process. This is another way to network with practitioners and to receive additional education in a multitude of disciplines within the health field.

 

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Finally, what type of degree should you get? RD, CN, CCN, ND… Masters?

If you want to be a practitioner and see clients in an office setting, I would recommend going for a more advanced degree such as a masters in nutrition, or you can become a ND (naturopathic doctor). If you want to work in a hospital or school, then you will most likely have to get an RD (although the education for a registered dietician is very limiting in terms of holistic/eastern medicine education). Most all government supported institutions will only hire registered dieticians (or NDs). If you want to be in the health field as a writer, blogger, athletic health coach, or even work for a health food/supplement company or restaurant, a lesser certificate is the most appropriate route. And what if you don’t know what you want to do yet? Well that is why I suggest talking to people who are in the field. By shadowing a number of health practitioners, and nutritionists you will get a better idea of what works for you and what doesn’t. From there you can determine how much education you need.

Now this is NOT an endorsement for these schools or programs. I personally cannot vouch for all of them, but at least it’s a starting point for you.

* I would love to expand this list and start a stream of reviews about the schools, so please share any advice in the comments below!

 

 

List of Nutrition Schools

Institute for Integrative Medicine – Health Coach Certification/Holistic Healthcare Practitioner. Online. NYC.

Bastyr University – Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate Programs. Classroom. San Diego, Ca and Kenmore, WA.

Tufts – Master and Doctorate in Nutrition Science and Food/Nutrition Policy. Classroom. Boston, MA.

University of Bridgeport – Masters in Human Nutrition, Naturopathic Doctorate. Classroom/Online. Bridgeport, CT.

Bauman College – Nutrition Consultant. Online and Classroom. CA and CO.

Huntington College of Health Sciences – Associate of Science Applied Nutrition, Bachelor and Masters of Health Science program in Nutrition, Sports Nutrition Specialist. Online and In Class. Knoxville, TN.

American University of Complementary Medicine – Masters in Nutritional Medicine, Bachelors in Holistic Health. Classroom and Online. Beverly Hills, CA.

University of Natural Medicine – Bachelors, Masters and PH.D in Natural Health Sciences, Doctor of Integrative Medicine, Doctor of Naturopathy, M.A in Mind/Body Integrative Studies, M.A and PH. D in Body/Mind Consciousness Integrated Medical Studies. Classroom/Online. San Dimas, CA.

American University, Washington D.C – Masters of Science in Nutrition Education. Washington, D.C.

The Ayurvedic Institute – Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. Albuquerque, NM

National College of Natural Medicine – Chinese Medical Practitioner, Naturopathic Doctor, Integrative Medical Health, Integrative Medicine Research, Masters in Nutrition. Portland, Oregon.

American College of Healthcare Sciences – Associates + Masters degrees, Diplomas and Certificates in a wide range of healthcare professions such as Holistic Nutrition, Herbalist, Aromatherapy etc. Online only.

National College of National Medicine – School of Chinese Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health Stuides and Masters programs. Portland, OR.

College of Naturopathic Medicine – Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Natural Chef, Iridology, Natural Skincare, Food Photography. London, Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh, and Manchester. Dublin, Cork, and Galway, Ireland and UK.

College of Natural Health – Natural Health, Kinesiology, Natural Skincare, Juicing and Cooking, Cleanse and Detox Education. Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban.

American School of Natural Health – Nutrition Consultant, Masters Nutrition Consultant, Digestive System Certification Course. Online.

Kingdom College of Natural Health – Naturopathy & Natural Medicine, Herbalism, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Naturopathic Psychology, Clinical Nutrition, Functional Medicine, Holistic Animal Care. Bachelor’s, Masters and Doctorate. Online.

Nutrition Therapy Institue – Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner, Master Nutrition Therapist. Online and in the classroom. Denver, CO.

Best of luck to you!

 

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132 Comments

  • Reply LuAnn Jones September 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I am currently studying holistic nutrition through Hawthorn University. They are an online school with a comprehensive nutrition program open to individuals wanting a masters in holistic nutrition, a doctorate in holistic nutrition or a certification in holistic nutrition. Once completed I will be a board certified Holistic Nutrition Practitioner. They are based out of Whitethorne California and are an excellent school. Thank you for your time and effort on this website, I am using some of your information on kidney cleansing for a detoxification research paper.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren September 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Oh congratulations on joining the team!! Good Luck!

      • Reply Gordana April 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm

        Hi Lauren,

        what do you think about Hawthorn University? I am soo axcited to change my career and am looking for good online schools. I have read a lot about Hawthorne University yesterday and the “Accreditaion” section says that they are not accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Is this something I should be concerned with? The school sounds great otherwise. Thank you for your input.

        • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 27, 2014 at 6:17 pm

          I would look into the licensing process and what you will need to open a practice, or to practice in your area. That would determine whether or not it is important that the school is accredited. I don’t have any direct experience with Hawthorn, but their curriculum looks good. I hope that helps!

          • Vona March 26, 2015 at 1:56 pm

            Where can I find my state’s info?

          • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
            Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 10, 2015 at 5:11 pm

            Hi Vona, I do not have the schools listed by state, but rather by the USA. There were simply not enough to categorize that way.

    • Reply Jessie Duker March 3, 2014 at 4:06 am

      How did you get involved in the holistic field.. was Hawthorn your first step? Im currenty looking for school that provide holistic nutrition! Need some advice on good schools !

      • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
        Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm

        My first step was a bachelors in public health at USC.

  • Reply Violet October 15, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Does anyone now if Syracuse university of Ny is a good nutrition program. I live in the area and I don’t want to travel far for school and I know they have a nutrition masters but am unsure if its any good or not. Thanks!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren October 27, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      Hi Violet, I do not have any experience with that school, but hopefully someone does!

    • Reply Francesca March 10, 2014 at 3:06 am

      Hi, Violet!

      I actually went to Syracuse (not for nutrition, for child & family studies). I did take some nutrition classes and was very please with the outcome. Their program specifically trains you to become a registered dietician. I’m not sure how much they focus on holistic nutrition, but all the professors I encountered were very well educated and very involved in many different aspects of the university. One of my favorites was great professor, sponsored clubs, and taught every fitness class available for Recreation Services! I do believe they’ve made the top 10 list a few times for one of the best nutrition schools.

      I hope this helps!

  • Reply Tiffany December 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you for this information! It’s very helpful. I’m looking into career options in the integrative health and nutrition field in San Diego and it can be hard to navigate since it’s still a newer field.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren December 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Absolutely. The good news is that there is a lot of room for us to forge our own path!

    • Reply Christie April 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      I am also looking into the holistic nutrition field in San Diego. So glad I came across this page listing holistic nutrition schools! Bastyr is one I have been considering. After seeing another reader’s comments, I went to Hawthorn University’s site. While it does not seem to be regionally accredited, it definitely has the curriculum I want. I want to work in a private practice upon graduating. How difficult is it to either join a private practice or set one up after graduation? Is there a high demand for holistic nutritionists out there? My masters is in counseling, so this field in nutrition is new to me.

      • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
        Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 27, 2014 at 6:15 pm

        Hi Christie, it is not that difficult to start a practice as long as your are confident, can afford the up front costs and have a good network of referrals. Most people like to join or affiliate with another practice until their client base grows. If you want to join a practice with an MD, they most always want an RD – but that is not to say that you could not find a more open minded MD who would be okay with a holistic nutritionist. My best advice? Find a nutritionist or multiple holistic practitioners in the area and shadow them. This is the best way to learn, and to see what type of practice would be the best fit for you.

      • Reply Melissa June 1, 2014 at 1:08 am

        Hi Christie, I am making a similar career switch from being a school psycholgist to a career in nutrition. I have visited Bastyr’s campus in San Diego. Sounds we are on similar paths!

      • Reply Michelle February 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm

        Hi Christie,

        I am also looking into the holistic nutrition field in San Diego. How did it go for you? Do you have any recommendation for schools/certification programs or any tips on how to find a job once your done with school?

  • Reply Rebecca March 19, 2014 at 12:16 am

    I was hoping that you might know of a good campus near Sacramento, CA?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Rebecca – unfortunately no, but many of these programs are online/remote so you do not have to go anywhere. Check out the Bridgeport or IIN.

      • Reply Sheila April 29, 2014 at 5:50 pm

        What about UC Davis?

        • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 1, 2014 at 3:47 pm

          Haven’t had any experience with that school. Have you been there?

    • Reply Stephanie January 31, 2015 at 3:49 am

      I have a BS in Exercise Biology from UC Davis. They are a great school and I would look into their Master’s Program for Nutrition if I still lived in CA.

      • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
        Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale February 1, 2015 at 5:42 pm

        Thanks Stephanie for the recommendation!

  • Reply Dominique March 27, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Do you know of any schools in Texas and/or Florida? I am 20 years old and currently in community college studying my basics. I am so indecisive of what I want to major in (back and forth between exercise science and nutrition science) and after reading through your blog I would love to look into settling down with a nutritional degree possibly!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Hi Dominique, I am not sure about schools there, but maybe this guide will help.

  • Reply Simone Venner May 10, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    hi there. Beautiful website.

    I’m currently studying holistic nutrition in Vancouver BC, I am British and my dream is to work in CA, just after some information about titles. When I qualify I will be a “registered holistic nutritionist” aka R.H.N but wondering what was you title after qualifying in the states? and what you can and cant call your self legally? im hoping that I will not need to attend further schooling to enable me to work with my Canadian degree, and information will be much appreciated.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Warm Regards
    Simone πŸ™‚

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 1, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Hello Simone, I am a certified nutritionist. The degree and title you will need will depend on what you want to do – the type of practice you want to have. If you want a private practice there is less restrictions than if you want to work with medical doctors, in schools or hospitals. To work with MDs, in schools or hospitals you most always have to be a RD (registered dietician), or have a masters in nutrition. I hope that helps!

  • Reply Debbie Whitehead May 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    Thank you so much for your listing of recommended nutrition schools. I am very interested in pursuing a certification in nutrition and have been looking into online programs. The first school you mentioned, Institute for Integrative Medicine…it takes me to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. They seem to be two different schools and I wanted to clarify which one you think is best. Thank you!!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      I believe it had a name change in the past, but IIN – Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Many people have gone through the program and have loved it. It is a good overview of nutrition, but it focuses a lot of business. How to grow your business, get set up with a website, how to market etc. Good Luck!

  • Reply Andrea September 8, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Hi Lauren,
    I’m 26 years old and only ever obtained my high school diploma. Only in the past couple of years did I realize how interested I was in nutrition and saw that this may be my direction in life to help myself through helping others. I feel very confused and lost on whether to attend a traditional University first to obtain a bachelors degree or just attend Bauman’s long distance learning program or IIN. Has your bachelors degree helped you through your career in nutrition? Does this hold more weight with clients by having a degree? Any input is much appreciated. Thank you!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale September 30, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Andrea, I would definitely get your bachelor’s degree. The nice thing is that you can study nutrition, and even get a bachelor’s in nutrition. This is going to open all the doors to the career you want, and I believe it may even be necessary to get any other type of nutrition degree including one at IIN. Good Luck!

  • Reply Liz England September 26, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Lauren, Currently I’m a middle school PE teacher and I am considering getting a master’s degree in nutritional education (MHNE) through Hawthowrne University. Do you know if I would be allowed to teach at the comunity college level if the school is not accredited?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale September 30, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Hi Liz, that is highly unlikely, but you should try contacting the community college directly to make sure. There are programs that are accredited, so I would look there instead, especially if you are going to invest the time and money. There is no sense in not allowing yourself the most opportunity for the future.

  • Reply Full Circle. | Clean & Calm October 9, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    […] Anyway, if that’s the type of lifestyle you can have by being a successful certified nutritionist, then count me in! Β I had already been looking into holistic nutrition programs so this was perfect timing. Β I actually emailed Lauren and asked for some tips, she responded with encouragement and directed me to this post on her site covering various nutrition programs. […]

  • Reply Gabriella February 24, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Hi Lauren,

    I’m currently looking for a nutrition program and read through your list! So happy to see some of the schools I’ve been considering.

    In your experience, do you think it’s more beneficial in the long run to have Master’s degree in nutrition (with all of the core science courses) or is a health coach/nutrition consultant certification from IIN/Bauman/etc enough? I’m torn between finishing all of these core science courses and applying for an MS versus enrolling in one of the other programs sooner.

    Thank you, your website is so helpful!

    • Reply Gabriella February 24, 2015 at 12:08 am

      p.s. I already have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Hi Gabriella, it totally depends on what you want to do in the health and wellness field. In my experience, if you are looking to open a private practice, or to work with another practitioner in private practice such as a medical doctor, then getting a master’s would be the route to take. If you are looking to be more involved in other areas in the field such as product development, sales, writing, the culinary sector etc. then go for the certification. If you dont know as of yet, start with the certification program and start working with various people in the field to get an idea of what would fit you best. Experience trumps all education in the classroom, and the more that you work directly with people the better. I learned most from all the doctors, NDs, LAcs, DCs etc. not from school. Good Luck!

  • Reply Sherry March 17, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Hello Lauren I am looking into attending the Huntington college of health And science. Looking for reviews about the school can’t find anything. Have you heard anything about the school or do you know anything about it to help me make my decision. The program seems that it will work with my full schedule. I will be going online. They say the are accredited which I am finding doesn’t mean to much. I just wNt to avoid putting in time and money earning a degree only to find out that it is not recognized. Any info from you would help. Thanks

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 10, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Hi Sherry, I dont have a any personal testimony, but I would call the school to see if they will connect you with current students and those who have graduated. Most schools will do this, which will give you a good idea of the success of the program. As for being accredited, this is important if you want to involve yourself in organizations in the future, or more mainstream jobs like working with gov’t programs, schools, hospitals or doctors. Hope this helps!

    • Reply Evren May 10, 2015 at 11:50 am

      Hello Sherry, just saw your post on Huntington College. I am too, considering studying an online degree there. Have you been able to find out much since your last post about their credibility in the field, jobs of their alumni etc? I am hoping to have a conversation with their admissions over the next couple of weeks to get more of an idea but wondered if you had had any luck with your research so far. My email is ep36@yahoo.com, thanks!

      Lauren, thanks so much for listing these schools, it is really helpful to see these comment threads as well! Much appreciated..

    • Reply Pam July 28, 2015 at 2:08 am

      Hi Sherry
      I am thinking about hunnington college
      Did you have any additional information on them?
      Thank you
      Pam

  • Reply Charles Roth March 23, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    I am in my 80’s in good health and live in New York City. My nutritionist, for 10 years, passed on and based on a blood test would recommend supplements, vitamins etc.. that she felt I needed. Can you recommend a similar holistic nutritionist via email.

    thank you

  • Reply Batya Perlman May 5, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you for this list! I’ve been searching all over and this is just what I needed!

  • Reply Alexis June 8, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Hi Lauren, you have a great website and I enjoyed reading the article about your food philosophy. I’m thinking of switching into a food/nutrition career and am in the research process. I was wondering if your a certified nutrition specialist (CNS)? I wasn’t able to find a certification called ‘certified nutritionist’. If you would be able to send me a website link or more information about it I would really appreciate it!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 8, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Alexis, I did my education through USC and then the American Health Science University (which I am not sure still offers a CN). I don’t know the details of the CNS, but if the education fits your needs then go for it. Just make sure that if you want to go into private practice, you will be able to get a license with that certification.

  • Reply mari mu June 11, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    just want to say thank you for creating this list πŸ™‚ Looking into programs now πŸ™‚

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      Awesome! Good luck on your journey!

  • Reply Liz June 15, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Hi Lauren!

    In the past few years I have been extremely passionate about holistic nutrition and fitness. I graduated in 2014 with a communications degree from Penn State and I’m looking to go back to school but I’m having a hard time finding the right school/program. I have family in California ( the los angeles area) so I’ve been trying to find a school out there. You said you went for nutrition at USC? USC would be perfect! But I don’t want another 4 year schooling program. I’m also having trouble finding the nutrition major on their website. The only two programs I’ve found were a Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies and Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity. I want to make sure there is a whole foods perspective and even some psychology involved. Do you have any advice?

    Thanks!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 16, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      Hi Liz, USC wouldn’t be a short-term program. I graduated from there with my bachelors (4 year degree program), but there are other programs in Los Angeles. I believe most are geared towards Chinese Medicine (acupuncturist etc), but if you have a clearer idea of what you want, finding the program that is best for you will become more clear. I always suggest starting from what you want to do, then go backwards from there.

  • Reply Pam July 28, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Hi Lauren,
    I have been looking at huntington and the university of Natural medicine.
    Has anyone been to either of these schools? if so can someone comment on them πŸ™‚
    Thank you
    Pam

    • Reply Pam July 28, 2015 at 2:28 am

      also I have been trying to study Homeopathy is there a nutrition college with homeopathy class too?

      • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
        Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale July 31, 2015 at 3:44 pm

        Hi Pam, a lot of the programs include Homeopathy in their core studies. If you go to the school’s website you can look at the details of the course programs in the curriculum.

        • Reply Pam July 31, 2015 at 10:06 pm

          Thank you,
          I have been looking but have not found a nutrition program with homeopathy..
          Do you happen to know of a couple out there? πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ashley August 1, 2015 at 1:53 am

    The National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR is the oldest accredited naturopathic medical college in North America. They just graduated their first class in the new Master of Science in Nutrition (MScN) program. http://www.ncnm.edu

  • Reply ROSARIO August 14, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Hi Lauren!
    IΒ΄am nutricionist, from Chile. In a few moths IΒ΄am moving to Boston. I want to do a Certification Holistic course. Do you know any place, where I can do something like that?
    Thank you!!!
    Rosario

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale August 17, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Hello Rosario,

      Congrats on the big move! YES, check out my Nutrition School list HERE. Best of luck!

  • Reply Anneke Tielens August 24, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Lauren,

    Thanks so much for your tips! Really really helpful (best step-by-step advice I’ve found online actually)!

    I was wondering, do you know what the difference is between a naturopathic doctor and a certified nutritionist (like yourself)? And why did you choose to become a CN specifically (vs a naturopathic doctor or something of sorts)?

    Btw, what is the link to the school where you got your degree (American Health Science University), I can’t seem to find it – has it possibly had a name change?

    Thanks a million!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 2, 2015 at 12:01 am

      A licensed naturopathic physician (ND) attends a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD, but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician also studies clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling. A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician. In contrast, a CN is trained specifically in nutrition and anatomy as well as alternative healing treatments and therapies. The curriculum of a CN varies based on the school that is attended but they should have similar foundations. A ND is more related to a MD vs. a CN which deals more strictly with diet, herbs, supplements and lifestyle changes based in functional med. Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda.

  • Reply ΒΈSafia September 17, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Hi,
    I’m canadian and I found this school: http://www.instituteofholisticnutrition.com ,I’d like to know what you think about their nutrition program.

    Thank you.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 18, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Good Morning – the program looks really thorough and well rounded. It seems to prepare you well, covering a wide spectrum within the nutrition field. I say go for it!

  • Reply Amy December 17, 2015 at 3:57 am

    I am currently enrolled in the Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting program at American College of Healthcare Sciences. ACHS is an accredited online college offering certificate, diploma and degree programs in a variety of holistic fields. The courses are thorough and rigorous with ample information, highly experienced instructors and an incredible support staff and administration. I have only just begun my studies with ACHS, but have been overwhelmingly pleased. I already hold two undergraduate degrees and a graduate degree in other fields, and upon completing the certificate program I plan to continue my holistic studies with their Masters degree in Complementary Alternative Medicine. If interested, please check them out. http://www.acs.edu I cannot say enough positive things about ACHS…I feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. How many higher learning institutions (especially solely online colleges) can you honestly say that about?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale December 23, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      Great Amy! Thank you so much for sharing your experience, I am sure it will help others πŸ™‚

    • Reply Annika January 24, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Hi Amy, I have been looking at ACHS, can you give a detailed description of what their online program work schedule is like? Are the lectures and information well expressed? My email is annikagingerich@gmail.com thank you!

    • Reply anastasia June 23, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Amy- Could I contact you? I’m curious and would like to chat with someone whos been in it for a few months πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jessica December 22, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Hello
    My name is Jessica and I’m 38 years old with a 3 year old and a 7 month old . I’ve been in the health and wellness field for 16 years and I love it! Currently I’m a health coach for a vegan supplement line that I love and I’m also a fitness instructor as well. I’ve always been very knowledgable about food , holistic alternative therapies and nutrition . I’ve always wanted to get a degree in it but the older I get the less time and patience I have to go back to school to get another degree. I’m looking to get an online certification in holistic nutrition but I don’t have that much time (it’s a luxury) and I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to get it . Any suggestions ? I live in San Diego thanks !

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale December 23, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Hey Jessica, have you checked out the Institute for Integrative Nutrition? This sounds like it might be your best course of action. You can get an online degree in a shorter amount of time.

      • Reply Agha January 1, 2016 at 9:52 am

        I have same issue
        I’m working in Dubai as a sports coordinator and Im looking for online degree in nutrition what you advice me .
        I check IIN but it look like a normal courses

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 8, 2016 at 5:16 pm

          Check out the online course from University of Bridgeport.

  • Reply Jill January 2, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Hello,
    Do you happen to know of any schools in Europe. Preferably, in or close to Amsterdam?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 8, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Hi Jill, unfortunately I do not, but perhaps one of our readers might have a suggestion. The only thing I could recommend is online courses at IIN or Bridgeport. Best of luck!

  • Reply Lizette January 6, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I’ve found a very good nutritionist program at the Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc. in Olympia, Washington.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 8, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Great thanks!!!

  • Reply Vanessa January 25, 2016 at 2:53 am

    Hi Lauren,
    Have you heard of tne American College for Healthcare Sciences?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 26, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      Yes, the online school! I actually just added it. I do not know any graduates personally, but it looks like it offers good programs from what I can see.

  • Reply Caileigh Feldman January 30, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Hi, I was just wondering why you don’t recommend Maryland University of Integrative Medicine? Thanks!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale February 1, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Morning! I have actually never worked with them, but I would be happy to look into it. There are new programs and schools being offered all the time, so I am always looking to update. When I originally wrote this post there were very few programs offered, but each year new ones are opening, and this list is growing!

  • Reply Sara Sterling February 6, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Lauren!

    Thank you so much for this post. Over the last few years I have become increasingly interested in health, fitness and plant-based diets. After a month long trip to Goa, India, I was able to spend time with two holistic nutritionists who basically changed my life for good. They showed me a way of life that could potentially lead to optimal health via a plant-based diet. I am now looking to seriously further my interest and become a professional holistic nutritionist. As a twenty-three year old Los Angeles native, I feel like I have such great access to so many tools necessary to furthering my career, but truthfully I do not know where to begin. Ideally, I would like to learn how food affects your diet, and how it can be used as medicine. I want to stay away from Westernized medicinal practice, but also learn hard science. I know this sounds like a lot so I apologize if I’m being too needy! Anyway, if you have any time or desire, I would love to correspond with you via email and pick your brain a little further. I really like your hands on approach to things and feel like I could learn a lot for just conversing with you!

    My email is sarajeansterling@gmail.com. Thank you SO MUCH for your time!

    Best,
    Sara xxxxx

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale February 9, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      check your inbox πŸ™‚

      • Reply Leslie Santiana August 5, 2016 at 7:47 pm

        Hello Lauren!

        I am in a similar place as Sara. I have been exposed to many different dietary choices ever since becoming a yoga instructor and immersing myself in many different health and wellness centers. I’d love any insight in navigating further studies!

        Thank you, kindly,

        Leslie

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale August 13, 2016 at 2:08 pm

          Absolutely go for it! It provides a lot of confidence in starting a career in nutrition, or offering more to your clients. You are in the perfect position to expand your knowledge πŸ™‚

      • Reply Ainoa April 11, 2017 at 5:46 am

        Hi Lauren,
        I also live in LA like Sara and looking for the same kind of holistic nutrition course. Will you please email me the information? cuberosainoa@gmail.com

        Also, for the certificate in nutrition, I only found the California State University (CSULA) in LA. Any thoughts on that one?

        I think going to class would help me focus a bit better than sitting in front of the computer after work.

        Thanks a million!

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale April 11, 2017 at 3:07 pm

          Hi Ainoa, Unfortunately, this list is all I have as of now and don’t have any personal experience with CSULA. Perhaps someone in the community has some insight? Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

  • Reply shelley inman March 3, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Have benefitted so much just reading everything from yourself and the others. Great information all around, thank you.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale March 7, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you so much Shelley, that is always nice to hear. I hope to continue to offer you lots of help on your journey.

  • Reply Ava March 11, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Hi Lauren,
    What are your thoughts about National College of Natural Medicine Masters of Science Nutrition program? It’s a fairly new program and not accredited although the college is accredited. Do you think it would be sufficient to provide nutritional counseling? Do you know anyone who have graduated from this program? Thanks!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale March 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Ava, this looks like a great program! It looks like you have a good background of the sciences, plus a wide range of electives that can further integrate you into functional medicine and other holistic modalities. I would go for it! In terms of accreditation, I would not be too worried as long as the place you wanted to practice still would enable you to get a license if needed.

  • Reply Kristen Repp March 14, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Lauren!

    I’m very interested in getting a certification and/or degree in nutrition. I’ve been doing research recently and trying to find the best program for me. My main goal is to educate myself and other people but I also want the option of working on my own or possibly working for a larger organization. Also, I’d like to learn about the science behind nutrition as well and not just dietary theories. I don’t have any background in nutrition nor do I have degrees so I’m a newbie to all of this but I am very much interested in health and wellness overall. Am I able to work under a larger organization with just a certification? Thanks for any input!! πŸ™‚

    Here is a list of the institutes I’ve been researching:

    Institute for Integrative Nutrition
    Bauman College
    Insititue of Transformational Nutrition
    Hawthorne University

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale March 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Hi Kristen, congrats on making the decision to joining the field of nutrition! I think you will be really happy with it. In terms of working under an organization, that will depend on the type of organization. I believe that schools, hospitals, hospice care and govt related industries require an RD background. For other organizations it will depend on what they are. Most health food industries (food companies, supplement companies etc.) don’t usually require more than a certification (CN, CCN). In terms of deciding which program is best for you, it might be most helpful to know what line of nutrition you want to be in. I think IIN is best for more entrepreneurial endeavors that need a bigger focus on marketing, web design, networking etc. while the others might give you a better background for being in private practice. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Kelly March 15, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Hello!
    I am extremely interested in becoming a holistic nutrition consultant but certainly nervous about spending the money and time if the reviews are true saying many people wont see someone with this type of certification ie not a true nutritionist/RD?
    I have my BA but not in the nutrition field, its in social science. The 6-12 month online programs all seem great, but I do have to wonder if its worth spending the extra money on the IIN program or spend much less on other seemingly similar programs online if they are the same end certification? Any advice is appreciated!!! Thank you!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale March 22, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      Hi kelly, this all depends on what you want to do in the field of nutrition. What did you have in mind?

  • Reply Stephanie April 12, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Hi there!
    Thank for your post and the list of schools. I’m European (Belgium), have a MS in Biology and MS in Management. I currently work in the pharmaceutic industry but my true passion since many year is an holistic approach to health and more specifically nutrition. My dream would be to become a coach in nutrition/healthy lifestyle. I’m considering to start the Bauman certification next year. Regarding your experience, what are your thoughts about it?
    Thanks a lot and congrats for your website!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale April 30, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      I think it sounds like a great fit for you, and congrats on following your dream and joining the nutrition movement! I can say it has been an extremely fulling choice and there are so many avenues (endless really) on how you can pursue nutrition and holistic health. I think it should be an easy transition for you especially with your background. Best of luck Stephanie!

  • Reply Bassam April 29, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Hello Lauren,

    I have a master in nutrition science and policy from Tufts University. I wonder if you know an ACCREDITED university that has an online, distance-learning or low-residency PhD program in nutrition science or holistic nutrition?

    Your reply will be highly appreciated

    Thank you.
    Bassam

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale April 30, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Bassam, the list of schools above is as much information as I know as of now. I do believe that there is a program offered by one or more of these schools that you are looking for. If you do come up with another school, please let me know. I am always looking to expand this list. Best of luck Bassam!

      • Reply Bassam April 30, 2016 at 9:50 pm

        Hi Lauren,

        Many thanks for your reply.

        I really appreciate your cooperation and courtesy. I’ve checked your wonderful website and found it useful and of great information.

        I have checked all schools you thankfully listed above as well as other many schools in the USA and the UK and found that they do offer online masters and certificates but no online PhDs. However, the University of Bridgeport offers a Doctor of Health Sciences degree in hybrid learning system (i.e. online+low residency) but not sure about their accreditation. I have not yet found any accredited university that offers an online, hybrid or distance PhD/Doctorate degree in nutrition science. If anyone comes up with any school, please let Lauren knows so she will not hesitate to add it on the list πŸ™‚

        Meanwhile, I found Maryland University of Integrative Health has Doctor of Clinical Nutrition in a hybrid learning system and it seems encouraging (not sure about their accreditation). Do you Lauren have any idea about this university?

        Kindest regards,
        Bassam

    • Reply Jenny September 30, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      Hello Bassam – I have been looking at the master in nutrition science and policy program at Tufts. Did you have a positive experience? I haven’t really been able to find any reviews of the program, so any info would be greatly appreciated.

  • Reply Amanda May 5, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Hello all!! This feed has been very informative. I am currently finding myself torn between Huntington College of Health Sciences and Ashford University. I am looking for an all online bachelors program. Any suggestions or does anyone have feedback on either of the schools? Anything would help!! Thanks so much πŸ™‚

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 1, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Hey Amanda, so sorry for the late response. I do hope that you made a decision that you were happy with. Definitely follow up with us to let us know how it is going!

  • Reply Erika May 10, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Do you or anyone else on here know anything about the American Fitness Professionals and Associates Nutrition program?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Erika, I do not know, but hopefully someone in the community does.

  • Reply Abbie May 18, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    I’m currently a first year at UCSB. I know that I want to go into the field of nutrition, however, they do not have this major. I’m debating on whether to transfer to a school like UC Davis or even UMass Amherst where I can get a bachelors degree in Nutritional Science (more of an RD track), or whether to go to Bastyr or the National College of Natural Medicine and complete one of their two-year undergrad programs in Nutrition. Although both are bachelors in Nutrition, do you think one will be considered more legitimate than the other in the professional field? I am more interested in the holistic side of things, but would have a much wider range of job opportunities if I was to attend a more well-known school (like a UC) and get a degree? I’m unsure of where I want to take this career path but I would probably want to begin working within an organization. Thank you! This article was very helpful!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Abbie, I think it will depend on what you want to do. If you want to work at a school, hospital, gov’t institution etc. then I would go to the UC Davis or Amherst program. If you think you would prefer to work in a private practice, or work for a supplement company, nutrition company etc. then go for Bastyr. You can also do the undergrad program at the UC or UMass program and do advanced degrees at Bastyr to focus more on holistic studie. I hope that helps!

  • Reply Montserrat M May 20, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Hello Lauren,
    I am a Licensed Nutritionist in Peru (as I am Peruvian). Here in my county there are not many options for a post graduate degree in holistic nutrition and education, which is what I am most interested in (in order to expand my field of knowledge). That is why I’m looking for an online Masters Degree Program in this field. Your list is very helpful, as I have been looking all over the internet for these kind of programs and it was not easy at all, so thank you!
    One of the programs which I am most interested in is the Master of Science in Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University (I am considering teaching in a University here in Peru, but a Masters degree is needed in order to do that), but I’ve read in the comments in your page that this university is not accredited. My question might sound dumb, but I don’t really know what that means. If I get the Masters degree form this university then it would not be valid? I would really appreciate it if you could explain what accredited really means and why is it important.
    Thanks!!
    Best Regards,
    Montserrat

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 1, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Morning Montserrat, congrats on taking it to the next level.. that is incredibly exciting!

      Accreditation is a process of validation in which colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning are evaluated. The standards for accreditation are set by a peer review board whose members include faculty from various accredited colleges and universities. The board aids in the evaluation of each potential new school accreditation or the renewals of previously accredited colleges/schools. Not all schools need accreditation. Some schools offer specialty training programs that don’t fall under the traditional process of accreditation, which I believe is that case for the field of nutrition in many ways. The reason being accredited means anything at all really has to do with the individual company or job you are looking to have. Some companies may care, some may not. Therefore, I would suggest researching into the places you may want to work in the future to see if this is something that they look for. Best of luck!

  • Reply Alison May 30, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks so much for this wealth of knowledge.. Lots of good stuff in the comments as well!

    I was wondering if you have heard of British Institute of Homeopathy and what your thoughts might be.. Thanks

    http://www.bihint.com/

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale May 31, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Hi Alison, I have not heard of that school, but the courses look pretty complete. I’d give them a call and ask to connect with past graduates. I always find that is a great way to learn about a program.

  • Reply anastasia June 23, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    This post is so wonderful, thank you for doing your work!

    I am interested in getting a certification, as I am also getting my Reiki cert’, so that I can couch and advise people on their healing path. It looks like one of the online schools is my best bet right now. Maybe IIN or ACHS… my questions, which you may not know, is how these American certificates translate to oversees work. I will be moving to the EU in the spring, and wanted to get this under my belt to start my own business when I get there.

    What do you think?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 27, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Anastasia, Congrats on the new path! It is wonderful to see so many people getting into the field. Unfortunately I do not know, but I would contact the programs directly to find out. I assume they do, but also countries vary on what a certification means and what the needs are for practicing. Best of luck!

  • Reply Neena August 9, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Hey… great article. I have been researching online programs and I came across American School of Natural Health, which is the last program you listed. I love the breakdown of their program but I haven’t been able to find any reviews on it. It is accredited by several professional associations. Do you know anyone that has taken the program? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale August 13, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Hey Neena, I have not personally, but there is a good amount of traffic that comes through this page so stay tuned. Hopefully someone who has will provide more information for you πŸ™‚

  • Reply Christine September 23, 2016 at 3:37 am

    Hi Lauren,

    Have you heard of AFPA? http://store.afpafitness.com/holistic-nutritionist-certification/?pp=1
    I was wondering what you thought of a certification in their holistic nutrition course vs. IIN. I am only looking to further my credentials for writing ebooks and online purposes.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Christine, I have not heard of that program specifically, but it looks like a pretty general certification. If you are just looking for a certificate in order to increase your validity in the field, it seems like it should do it. If you are looking to broaden and expand your knowledge of the field and use your certification to further your career in terms of consulting, private practice etc. I would look into talking to some of their graduates. It is always a great idea to talk to people who have gone through the program to hear their experience and what they are doing in terms of career. I am sure if you contact the school they can connect you with someone. Best of luck!

  • Reply Randy October 10, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Hello hello!!…greetings from Canada….ive been recently looking into online schools to give some credibility to something I’ve been passionate about most of my life and that is natural health with a food is medicine approach!!!…. and as I’m planning on opening up some smoothie/superfood/elixir bar type business i can’t really decide which one of these schools would be the best fit?…I’m in Canada and although the certificates and all that will be great i also want to be stimulated and inspired while ganging some fresh knowledge!!!…..at first IIM seems like a good choice but there approach and marketing make it feel a bit scammy and am having a hard time finding any positive feedback….have you heard any positive recent feedback??….theres alot of opetions, it needs to be on line….do you have any suggestions?

  • Reply Christina October 30, 2016 at 4:37 am

    I didn’t see mention of the NANP and their recommended list of schools if you decide to go the holistic route. Some are accredited programs. Others are not, but the list allows you to become board certified in holistic nutrition. A number of these programs, though not all, are offered online.

    http://nanp.org/schools

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale October 30, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you Christina for sharing. This can be very helpful!

  • Reply Amanda December 4, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    I am currently getting my masters in nutrition at national university of natural medicine (previously national college of natural medicine) in Portland. I just wanted to let you know, they have added an undergrad nutrition program to the school as well. Just thought you might want to update!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale December 5, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks Amanda! I will definitely add.

  • Reply Amy January 5, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Have you heard anything about kingdom college of natural health? They are located in Guam and have multiple nutrition programs. I’ve looked into a lot of the programs that you listed above but am always so unsure at which one to choose because they either cost a lot of money or I’m worried that because they don’t cost a lot of money they are a little bit on the sketchy side. Does that make sense?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 5, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Hi Amy, I have not heard of that school yet, but will definitely look into it. Fortunately there are many new schools and programs opening up since the industry is growing so rapidly. In terms of cost, I would be most focused on finding a school that offers the classes that you want to take. Then based on if you want to go into a classroom, or work remotely. Finally, from there, I would contact the schools and see if you can talk to some of its graduates. Interviewing them is a great way to learn more about the program. If you still have some hesitancy, you can always look up the school in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or US Dept of Education. Better Business Bureau might also be a resource. Hope that helps Amy!

      • Reply Amy January 5, 2017 at 6:51 pm

        Thank you! I will definitely look into those.

      • Reply Nada January 6, 2017 at 5:49 am

        Hi Amy,

        I see you just added this school to your list (Kingdom College of Natural Health). Were you able to get good feedback about it?

        Thanks,
        Nada

  • Reply Erica April 6, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Hello,

    I love all the information on your site. I too am looking into schools to get a education in Nutrition. More Holistic Nutrition, coaching side. But I am one who needs an in class program. I already have my BA. What I have found is that there aren’t many in class programs. I cant do or afford another 4 years of college so was looking into one or two year programs. I found one, 1 year Masters Program at Northwestern that sounded great but was way to expensive. I also found 2 schools in Canada that have good Certifications programs.

    The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition is in the running at the moment. Still have to get a few more details.

    if you have any information to offer please do.

    thanks so much!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale April 11, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Erica, thanks so much for the information. That should be really helpful to those looking in Canada. Thank you!

  • Reply Jessica April 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Hey!

    I am looking into different programs. I am currently looking into American Univrsity for their program.
    This article was super helpful! I just want to know if you or you know anyone who has gone through that Masters program.
    Ultimatley, I am interested in counseling and live in Miami, so online would best!

    Thanks!

    xo
    Jess / thehealthwiz

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale April 25, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Hey Jess, congrats on the new career! I did not go through that program, but maybe someone else did? Hopefully, someone can offer some input. The good news is that there are a lot of health practitioners in Miami, so I know it is a great place to set up shop!

  • Reply Liz May 1, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Aloha,
    Have you heard anything about the Nutrition Therapy Institute based out of Denver, CO? Sounds like they have an online program also.

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale May 2, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Hey Liz, thanks for bringing that school to my attention. Just added it to the list. It looks like a relatively straightforward program, although I have never heard of the designation Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner before. It looks like a good program if nutrition is going to be a secondary focus since I am not sure the classes offered are in depth enough and thorough enough to cover all that is needed to be a nutritionist in private practice. Although I could be wrong. The only recommendations I have is that you look at the courses and see if they fit your needs and goals, and to talk to graduates about their experience and what they are doing with their degree. Best of luck!

      • Reply Liz May 2, 2017 at 6:24 pm

        Thanks for your thorough response Lauren πŸ™‚

  • Reply NIKKI May 15, 2017 at 3:57 am

    Hello! I was thinking about takeing classes in Holistic Nutrition, but was looking for something that focused more on cooking/baking foods. Do you have any insight on classes or schools with that focus? Thanks!!

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