Functional Medicine for Nurses™

A Root Cause Approach to Health & Healing

12 Week Online Course for Registered Nurses & Advanced Practice Nurses

Functional Medicine for Nurses™ – A Root Cause Approach to Health & Healing

This is a comprehensive continuing education course for all registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, and nurse coaches interested in integrating functional medicine into their practice.

Explore the core fundamentals of functional medicine and learn practical applications that can be done at the RN licensure level and above. Nurses will have a robust understanding of functional approaches within their scope of practice.

Implementing these practices can have a life altering, and potentially life saving, impact for patients and clients.


Functional Medicine For Nurses™ Program Overview

This course provides a detailed overview of functional medicine that is comprehensive enough to fully incorporate interventions into current practice without the time commitment and cost of a two or more year program.

Additionally, other programs include health coaches, dietitians, chiropractors, pharmacists, physicians, nurses, etc.  This course has customized content exclusively for the nursing professional and provides you with all you need to know to practice as functional medicine nurse.

It also pairs well with nurse coaching modalities, and many functional medicine practitioners have very successful practices incorporating fundamental functional medicine practices with their coaching skills.

Graduates of this course will have a broad understanding of available functional medicine nurse practices and be equipped with practical knowledge and interventions to incorporate these into their current practice.

They will also gain an understanding of their own scope of practice and potential future as a functional medicine nurse.

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional Medicine is an evidence-based, emerging field of study for all healthcare providers, including nurses. It is a science-based, personalized upstream approach that treats the whole person, not just the disease, and looks at all the variables affecting health (e.g., genetics, environmental exposures, lifestyle patterns) to promote optimal wellness.

12 Weeks

62 Contact Hours*

100% online

  • 1 - Introduction and Overview

    We will compare the current allopathic healthcare model with the healing power of functional medicine.  We will then review the practice of functional medicine, the background of functional medicine, and fundamental concepts that apply to every patient.

  • 2 - Functional Medicine in Practice

    We will explore the RN and APN roles and scope of practice through the functional medicine lens.  Students will learn how to intake and evaluate a new patient or client, and we will review various forms and screening tools used in functional medicine.  We will discuss mapping their health history, and review a case study from a functional medicine perspective.

  • 3 - Biochemistry Basics of Functional Medicine, Cellular Health, and Lab Work

    We will explore biochemistry from a functional medicine perspective including discussing health on a cellular level, apply this knowledge to common labs used in functional medicine evaluations, and how to obtain these labs depending on scope of practice.  We will compare and contrast the normal reference range versus the optimal reference ranges, and their ability to reveal powerful insights into the root cause of a patient’s symptoms.  We will review a case study from a functional medicine perspective.

  • 4 - Stress & Sleep

    We will thoroughly explore stress and sleep, the impact they have on our health, nursing interventions for restoring balance, and testing opportunities for evaluating the HPATG axis.  We will review a case study from the functional medicine perspective.

  • 5 - Nutrition & Supplements

    We will explore the gastrointestinal tract from a functional medicine perspective, discuss nutrient deficiencies and methods for balancing nutrition.  We will discuss supplements, their role in functional medicine, and some commonly recommended supplements.  We will review a case study from a functional medicine perspective.

  • 6 - Gut Health

    We will thoroughly explore common digestive disorders and the functional medicine approach to testing and treatment, and then review two case studies from a functional medicine perspective.

  • 7 - Therapeutic Diets, Leaky Gut, and Immune Health

    We will review food reactions, leaky gut, autoimmune disorders, skin disorders, and the functional medicine approach to treatment.  We will evaluate therapeutic diets that are commonly used in functional medicine practice.  We will review two case studies from a functional medicine perspective.

  • 8 - Toxins & Detoxification

    We will identify toxins, their impact on health, testing considerations, and interventions from a functional medicine perspective.  We will review the various means the human body has for detoxification, and identify opportunities for intervention.  We will review a case study from a functional medicine perspective.

  • 9 - Thyroid & Sex Hormones

    We will review thyroid and sex hormone function and balance, compare testing options, and functional medicine interventions for restoring balance.  We will review two case studies from a functional medicine perspective.

  • 10 - Cardiometabolic Health and Inflammation

    We will explore human metabolism from the cellular level to the level of the individual, define insulin resistance, and identify functional medicine interventions proven to reverse insulin resistance.  We will explore functional medicine considerations for weight loss.  We will then define inflammation and its role in cardiovascular health.  We will review three case studies from a functional medicine perspective.

  • 11 - Brain Health

    We will review common mental health and neurocognitive conditions identify the functional medicine approach of root cause analysis and treatment.  We will explore Organic Acids testing (OATs), and its applications in functional medicine practice, and review two case studies from a functional medicine perspective.

  • 12 - Putting It All Together, Final Exam, Course Evaluation

    We will review three case studies that promote a more complex scenario of applying functional medicine practices, and discuss prioritizing interventions using these case studies.  We will discuss various functional medicine roles a nurse can play in current and future healthcare systems, methods to incorporate nurse coaching skills into a functional medicine model of nursing care, and opportunities for future development of functional medicine practice including additional learning resources and opportunities for certification.

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Approved to award 62 contact hours
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17700 for 62 contact hours.
- Brigitte Sager MSN, ARNP, FNP-C, NCMP, NC-BC, AFMC
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Course Creator & Faculty


Brigitte Sager

Specialty Program Faculty
I am an experienced functional nurse practitioner and also hold board certifications as a menopause practitioner and as a nurse coach. I have been focused on improving the healthcare of my community since 2005. I have over eight years of hospital experience helping to put a band aid on our healthcare crisis. As a primary care provider of almost four years, I have worked with my patients to improve their health outcomes, but have come to learn that change is hard even in the face of real dire risk to health and happiness. I have also found that current mainstream treatments are not the answer, in most cases. My patients using prescription drugs have continued to suffer and have developed new adverse health concerns from the drug side effects. This reality motivated me to seek new solutions, which I have found in functional medicine and nurse coaching. I currently combine my training in functional medicine with my nurse coaching skills to help clients make real, positive changes towards a happier and healthier life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unique Aspects of the Functional Medicine for Nurses™ Course

  • Now offered in partnership with the Institute for Functional Medicine.
  • This course is the only course that teaches functional medicine exclusively for registered nurses and advanced practice nurses.
  • This course is comprehensive enough for graduates to incorporate intervention into current practice, without the time commitment and cost of a 2+ year program.
  • This course uniquely complements nurse coaching modalities; knowledge gained and interventions learned will expand your nursing and nurse coaching skillset.
  • This course will include case studies to exemplify real-life scenarios where functional medicine assessment tools and clinical interventions impacted patient outcomes.
  • This course is lead by an experienced functional medicine nurse practitioner who actually uses what she is teaching in her own practice.

Functional Medicine for Nurses™ Dates and Tuition


Early registration pricing ends 30 days before each cohort’s start date. 

Payment plans available. See below for more details.

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Functional Medicine for Nurses™ is Now offered in Partnership with the Institute for Functional Medicine

For Immediate Release

MIAMI, Florida.September 23, 2022

The Integrative Nurse Coach™ Academy | International Nurse Coach Association (INCA), the global leaders in nurse coaching training and holistic nursing continuing education courses, and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the leading voice for functional medicine, announce a new partnership designed to enhance and elevate the role of nurses and nurse practitioners in the field of functional medicine.

As the most trusted profession for over 20 years, IFM recognizes the key role nurses should play in using a root cause approach to healthcare. That’s why the organization has chosen to partner with INCA to support the growing number of nursing professionals seeking options for a respected, comprehensive functional medicine educational program exclusively for nurses. 

With over 100 nurses enrolled since the course launched in 2022, Functional Medicine for Nurses™provides registered nurses and nurse practitioners with a robust foundation for implementing functional medicine practices within both the registered nurse and nurse practitioner scopes of practice.

To further enhance learning and implementation, IFM is providing INCA’s Functional Medicine for Nurses™ students with access to valuable resources that coincide with each learning module within the course.

“Our partnership gives students access to a wealth of resources and support from the most respected source in functional medicine- the Institute for Functional Medicine,” states Functional Medicine for Nurses™ Course Creator and lead faculty, Brigitte Sager, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C, NCMP, NC-BC, AFMC. “It also lends credibility to this exciting education opportunity for nurses seeking to learn functional medicine from a respected source.”

IFM is also providing INCA students with a complimentary one-year student membership, which features numerous discounts for IFM programs for nurses who wish to expand their functional medicine knowledge. Additionally, INCA is extending a tuition discount to all IFM nurse members on INCA programs.

“IFM recognizes the critical role of nursing professionals in advancing the transformation of healthcare through a functional medicine approach,” states Amy R. Mack, MSES/MPA, IFM chief executive officer. “INCA, which is founded and managed by nurses, is well positioned to support the work in this space.”

As the practice of functional medicine continues to proliferate globally, it is imperative that nurses are highly trained in functional and integrative medicine practices to ensure safe and effective interventions for patients and clients. This partnership formally recognizes and emphasizes the pivotal role of the nurse in functional medicine practice.

About INCA

The Integrative Nurse Coach™ Academy | International Nurse Coach Association is the global leader in nurse coach training and offers a variety of holistic nursing continuing education programs. Founded in 2010 by innovative nurse leaders Barbara Dossey and Susan Luck, INCA expanded its global reach in 2019 by converting its leading Integrative Nurse Coach™ Certificate Program to an online format with the assistance of new partners Karen Avino & Ronald Kanka. INCA offers a variety of online integrative & holistic specialty nursing programs, including:


About IFM‍

The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) is the leading voice for functional medicine and advancing the transformation of health care for patients and practitioners worldwide. IFM is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization that believes functional medicine can help every individual reach their full potential for health and well-being. Founded in 1991 and dedicated to the widespread adoption of functional medicine, IFM works to advance education and training, clinical patient care, research, and outcomes in functional medicine worldwide. For more information, please visit

About Functional Medicine‍

Functional medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. The functional medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness.