This is a comprehensive introductory 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.
$1,599.00 – $1,899.00
This course is unique in that it gives an overview into 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 offer their courses to health coaches, dieticians, chiropractors, pharmacists, physicians, nurses, etc. This course has customized content for the nursing professional in particular.
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 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 in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will be notified of books to purchase for the course prior to the course start date. You can expect to pay less than $40 for instant access to digital copies of these books, and a bit more for print copies available to order online.
Yes, 62 contact hours* This activity has been submitted to the American Holistic Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The American Holistic Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This program is 62 contact hours divided over the course of 12 weeks. This course was designed with working nurses in mind, so you should expect to spend 4-6 hours per week on your coursework. Weekly due dates for assignments will be clearly explained in each module, but you will not be required to attend any class at a specific time. Beyond assignment due dates, your timed open book final exam will be open over a specific period of time (i.e. 72 hours), during which you may retake the test if you do not pass it the first time.
Yes! Nurse coaching and functional medicine practices are VERY synergistic. The majority of functional medicine interventions involve modifications to a patient or client’s lifestyle, and nurse coaching skills are the ideal way to help them explore this and meet their goals. Coaching can be a huge part of a patient or client’s success.
Not yet. Once a functional medicine nursing specialty certification is established, we will ensure our program fits the criteria to take the specialty certification exam.
Classes will be conducted via pre-recorded training modules, reading assignments, asynchronous discussions, reflective journaling, case studies, quizzes, and a final exam (timed, open book). This allows you the greatest flexibility in learning the materials on your own schedule. Your instructor (Brigitte Sager, MSN RN ARNP FNP-C NCMP NC-BC) will be available via email and Zoom office hours (video conferencing) to answer questions and otherwise assist you in mastering the evidence-based materials presented.
A valid registered nursing or advanced practice nursing license. If you are an international nurse (non-US), you must have the equivalent to RN or APRN.
This program will give you a working understanding of functional medicine principles, and how to apply them within a nursing framework. Functional medicine interventions are equally nursing interventions. The most powerful methods used in functional medicine are fully within the scope of an RN, and can be applied in their current work setting. For advanced practice nurses (APNs), there is the added scope of prescriptive authority, but a large percentage of functional medicine practitioners (including nurses) use no prescriptive therapies. Additionally, some providers choose to provide safe, effective care with no lab data (or they have patients bring them recent labs for review). We will explore methods for RNs and APNs to heal and promote wellness using powerful methodologies in a safe, effective manner in a broad spectrum of settings and with a variety of resources at their disposal. The program includes content on clinical implementation of skills. We will explore case studies throughout the program to help solidify your learning and practice applying your new knowledge. The main goal of this course is to prepare you to apply healing functional medicine practice in any healthcare setting. Upon successful completion of the program, you may choose to call yourself a functional medicine nurse and work in the practice setting of your choice. For some, this will be as a nurse coach/ consultant/ entrepreneur, for others this may be part of their bedside nursing or other clinical practice. We will explore avenues for specializing in a specific niche of functional medicine that you are passionate about.
This course is open to registered nurses and advanced practice nurses with a valid license (e.g., RN, APRN) from your state/ country of practice.
Special discount for Cohort 1 of this course! Early registration pricing ends one month before each cohort. Payment plans available! See below for more details
$1,599.00 – $1,899.00