Natural Nutrition Program

Self-Paced Self-Study Online Learning Format

Whether you are looking to start a career in the Holistic Nutrition industry or are interested in improving your own health and wellbeing, this life-changing program will help you achieve your goals.

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You have a maximum of three years to complete the program, but it can be completed in a little over a year.

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The Natural Nutrition Program prepares holistic nutrition professionals with a comprehensive curriculum that consists of 18 courses and over 2,000 study hours. It covers natural nutrition relevant to each stage of life, the science and research behind it, as well as the fundamentals of business. An integral part of the studies is the connection between body, mind, and spirit; this program aims to enlighten in a broad way about the effects of life experiences and circumstances on health.

Online Studies provides the most flexible schedule to accommodate your lifestyle. CSNN Distance Education runs on a continual intake model so you can apply at any time that is convenient to you.

What do you get?

  • Diploma, Professional Designation, and Title to start a fulfilling career in the Holistic Nutrition Industry.
  • Practical hands-on experience through live case studies to learn how to do individual client assessments and give nutritional recommendations.
  • In-depth understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection and how it's scientifically demonstrated to affect physical health.
  • Professional skills and confidence from the diverse and accomplished instructors; their educational background and varied experience in a number of industries makes learning at CSNN unique and worthwhile.
  • Opportunity to improve your overall health and wellbeing naturally through nutrition and to share your knowledge with others.

Here are the courses in the program:

  • Fundamentals of Nutrition Part 1
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition Part 2
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Nutritional Symptomatology
  • Motivational Interview Skills
  • Hormone Health
  • Body Mind Spirit – The Mind Connection
  • Body Mind Spirit – The Spirit Connection
  • Fundamentals of Business

  • Biochemistry & Epigenetics
  • Pathology & Nutrition
  • Lifecycle Nutrition – Pediatrics
  • Lifecycle Nutrition – Sports
  • Lifecycle Nutrition – Perspectives of Aging
  • Eco-Nutrition
  • Allergies
  • Nutritional Literature Research
  • Introduction to the Practical Use of Herbs

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In addition to the courses, students must also complete 10 real-life case studies using comprehensive intake forms to examine all internal and external factors affecting a person's nutritional health and wellbeing. Learn more about how to complete case study here.

Admission Requirements:

Though many CSNN students have degrees and diplomas from other post-secondary institutions, the minimum entrance requirement is a Secondary School Diploma or equivalent. Applicants 18 years of age or older who do not have a Secondary School diploma or equivalent may be admitted as mature students, but will need to contact the branch they are interested in, as some provincial ministries require a qualifying test be written for those without a Secondary School diploma or equivalent.

The price we give you is what you pay for everything you need to complete the program, including books. The only other fee is a small amount for the final exam (currently $204.25), payable when all course requirements are complete. No additional or hidden fees.

At CSNN Distance Education, we will never try to mislead or deceive you by quoting tuition only and then charging hundreds of dollars in additional fees and requiring you to spend hundreds more on textbooks you must source yourself.

Payment Schedule Amount Payment Notes Total Amount*
  One-Time Payment   $6245.00   BEST VALUE   $6245.00
  2 Payments   $3165.00 each   1 current, 1 post-dated; max. 18 months later   $6330.00
  4 Payments   $1600.00 each   1 current, 3 post-dated; max. nine-month intervals   $6400.00
  6 Payments   $1080.00 each   1 current, 5 post-dated; max. six-month intervals   $6480.00
  12 Payments   $560.00 each   1 current, 11 post-dated; max. three-month intervals   $6720.00
  Monthly Payments   $235.00 each*   *First payment $535.00, followed by 32 payments of $235.00   $8055.00
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Students have a maximum of three years to complete the Natural Nutrition program, but it may be completed in a little over a year if enough time is devoted to studying (please note that in order to complete sooner, payments must be made sooner). An additional two months are allowed in which to prepare for and complete the final exam. If the program is not completed within three years, it is possible to arrange an extension (fee applies). Upgrading may be required before writing the final exam.

The 20hour/week commitment is designed to complete within 2-years whilst the 40-hour commitment is designed to complete within 1 year.

Course Name Clock Hours

(Time on Task)

Approximate # of Weeks

20 hours/week commitment

Approximate # of weeks

40 hours/week commitment

  NN101A Fundamentals of Nutrition (Part 1) 59  3 weeks 1.5 weeks
  NN101B Fundamentals of Nutrition (Part 2) 53 2.7 weeks 1.3 weeks
  NN102 Anatomy & Physiology 84 4.2 weeks 2.1 weeks
  NN103A Nutritional Symptomatology 193 9.7 weeks 4.8 weeks
  NN103B Motivational Interview Skills 46 2.3 weeks 1.2 weeks
  LAB - Case Study Lab 2 & 3 211 10.6 weeks 5.3 weeks
  NN104A Hormone Health 60 3 weeks 1.5 weeks
  NN105A Body-Mind-Spirit - The Mind Connection 54 2.7 weeks 1.4 weeks
  NN105B Body-Mind-Spirit - The Spirit Connection 68 3.4 weeks 1.7 weeks
  NN106 Fundamentals of Business 50 2.5 weeks 1.3 weeks
  NN107A Biochemistry & Epigenetics 56 2.8 weeks 1.4 weeks
  LAB - Case Study Lab 4-8 483 24.2 weeks 12.1 weeks
  NN109 Pathology & Nutrition 76 3.8 weeks 1.9 weeks
  NN110A Lifecycle Nutrition - Pediatric 35 1.8 weeks 0.9 weeks
  NN110B Lifecycle Nutrition - Sports 45 2.3 weeks 1.1 weeks
  NN110C Lifecycle Nutrition - Perspectives of Aging 41 2.1 weeks 1 weeks
  NN111 Eco-Nutrition 35 1.8 weeks 0.9 weeks
  LAB - Follow Up Case Study Lab 211 10.6 weeks 5.3 weeks
  NN112 Allergies 54 2.7 weeks 1.4 weeks
  NN114 Nutritional Literature Research 53 2.7 weeks 1.3 weeks
  NN115 Introduction to the Practical Use of Herbs 54 2.7 weeks 1.4 weeks
  FE101 Final Exam 12.5 0.6 weeks 0.3 weeks
  HCC Holistic Culinary Workshops (Optional) 30 1.5 weeks 0.75 weeks
  Holistic Practical Hours (Optional) 47 2.35 weeks 1.2 weeks

*Study guide last revised on March 23, 2022

All 10 workshops in the Holistic Culinary Certificate are included as a bonus for all Natural Nutrition Students studying at CSNN Distance Education.

The Holistic Culinary Certificate is designed to enrich kitchen skills and confidence. Students are introduced to an array of whole foods, diverse methods of food preparation, and how certain techniques can enhance the restorative qualities of foods.

With 30 hours of experiential learning available, students sharpen their practical abilities while deepening their knowledge of whole foods and holistic health.

Students who complete all 30 hours of training will receive CSNN's Holistic Culinary Certificate. Classes are taught by Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ professionals and professionally trained chefs. They are designed to integrate the benefits of food into the kitchen, provide recipes, and give students increased confidence and skill in the areas of meal planning, food shopping, and food preparation.

CSNN is the only nutrition school in Canada with a designated Alumni Association.

The CSNN Alumni Association (CSNNAA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization that is the starting point for CSNN graduates. Through community, information and partnership, the Alumni Association endeavors to support, encourage and guide all CSNN graduates to achieve success in their chosen path within the industry.

The governing body of the CSNNAA – the Board of Directors – is comprised of passionate CSNN graduates with diverse backgrounds and experience. The Board is responsible for managing the affairs of the CSNNAA according to by-laws and a Code of Ethics approved through voting by the membership. The Alumni Association also holds the Registry for CSNN’s professional designations.

The CSNNAA provides the tools you need to start your business successfully. Experience business mentorship, confident client sessions, social media tips, strategies, as well as free monthly Masterclass webinars, networking and mentorship opportunities, and access to the exclusive job board. Attend our annual Canadian Holistic Nutrition Conference, the only one of its kind in Canada, and discover the many discounted tools that are essential for starting your business on the member’s portal. Members also receive a 10% discount on CSNN’s Advanced Holistic Nutrition and Continuing Education workshops and certificates.

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What do our grads thinks?

  • I had a wonderful experience studying at CSNN. Most of all I enjoyed the content of the lessons. I feel like they were able to select interesting and relevant content that will help me in my future practice. I also very much enjoyed the books that were offered for the additional reading, I was able to learn a lot of new information and see different viewpoints on what healthy way of eating means. What I really appreciated is that they did not push any specific viewpoint, but allowed me to form my own opinion based on the lectures, books and the information learned throughout the course. The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, I feel like I could always reach out to an instructor with a question, even if it was not directly related to the specific class I was taking. I cannot say that it was a very easy road for me, there were plenty of challenging assignments and tests, but I feel like they helped me to better prepare for my future role is a holistic nutritionist. I highly recommend this for someone who is interested in pursuing holistic nutrition as a field.

    Kseniya, L.
    Graduate March 2024
  • I had a great experience at CSNN. Their administrative staff and instructors answered questions quickly and were there every step of the way. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in alternative health and living a healthy lifestyle.

    Jade Jamieson
    Graduated November 2023
  • My experience with CSNN has been incredible. Throughout the past three years, I have felt supported by my instructors, and gained an wealth of knowledge in the field of holistic nutrition. After graduating, I feel confident in my skills to go out and help people with my knowledge of holistic nutrition. Distance education made it easier for me to juggle my crazy life schedule and fit in schooling when I was able to. I highly recommend taking the holistic nutrition diploma, you won’t regret it!

    Sarah L.
    Graduated October 2023
  • I had the most profound experience with the Natural Nutrition program at CSNN Distance Education. Not only did I learn the tools necessary to guide clients to optimal health and wellness, but I also discovered so much about myself along the way. The program is well thought out and gives different perspectives on diets, history of agriculture, farming and also addressing the spiritual side of nutrition and health. I would recommend this program for personal growth as well as working in the professional world. Thank you to CSNN for being such a big part of my transformational journey into the world of health and wellness.

    Christine G.
    Graduated February 2023

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What does the registration process look like?

Before registering, potential students may request a brochure or schedule a meeting with one of our advisors to see if the Natural Nutrition Program is the right choice. We strive to answer all questions, so you feel confident in your decision to register with CSNN Distance Education.

Once you are ready, you will be asked to fill out the Natural Nutrition Program’s registration form.

Once the registration form has been submitted, you will be redirected to a payment page to provide a down-payment via credit card. If you are not paying by credit card simply disregard this page, a member from our team will be in touch to provide instruction for alternative methods of payment (IE, Cheques, Money Orders, E-transfers, etc.).

Upon receipt a member of our administrative staff will review it in detail, including questions/comments. If all is clear, your registration will be processed, including payment dependent on payment plan chosen and access to the Online Learning Management Platform will be provided.

You will be sent a welcoming email containing important information regarding their enrollment, instructions on how to access the online system and an invitation to the next upcoming virtual (Zoom) student orientation. Textbooks are shipped at about the same time and how long they take to get to you depends on where you live, but typically within a week for Canadian addresses. 

What do I need to register?

Individuals must be at least 19-years of age or hold a high school diploma. For assistance with the registration process please do not hesitate to reach out by calling 1-800-328-0743 or by email

You can access the registration form by clicking here!

What is the cost / are there payment plans?

Payment plans are available! Simply pick which payment plan you would like on the registration form.

Tuition, fees and payment plans are all broken down within the “Tuition & Fees” tab found at the top of this page!

What do I do if I'm not in Canada?

The Natural Nutrition program is delivered in English. 

CSNN Distance Education accepts students world-wide! We have graduates in over 30 countries. Shipping textbooks outside of Canada is at additional cost, please get in touch with us to receive a quote!

Our contact info is
Local: 819-682-6066
Toll-Free: 1-800-328-0743 (USA & Canada only)

To avoid long-distance charges, individuals may get in touch via email to schedule a one-on-one appointment over Zoom with one of our support specialists!

When can I start?

The distance education program runs on a continual intake model. This means you can register at any time that is convenient for you! 

Individual timelines are set upon registration, students have a maximum of 3-years in which to complete the program. Extra time is added to account for shipping time.

What is the difference between a Holistic Nutrition Professional and a Health Coach?

A Holistic Nutrition Practitioner’s training includes science courses, many holistic nutrition courses, and a practical component that includes client intake forms, how to identify clients’ symptoms and imbalances, how to address these symptoms and imbalances using food, lifestyle and supplement recommendations, and how to coach clients in their individual health journey. The training can be anywhere from 1 to 3 years.

A Health Coach’s training and training hours vary greatly depending on the educational institution, however, the training can be as short as 12 weeks, which may be enough time to help a client make a lifestyle change, but definitely not enough time to understand the complexity and interrelationship  of different health issues, varying individual bio-chemistry, and the many tools  needed to help clients in their individual health journey.

With over 2,100 hours of study, CSNN graduates have the in-depth knowledge, tools and skills needed to effectively help clients in their individual health journey.


CSNN offers the most in-depth, comprehensive and practical programs in the industry. Our 2,100 hours deliver a solid foundation of cutting-edge science, and include 900 hours of real-life case studies. Giving graduates the tools to be a true high-level holistic nutrition professional and address the unique individual needs of each client.

Our online program uses a variety of teaching methods – interactive exercises, video lectures with your instructors, recorded and live webinars, group forums, etc. We currently have over 200 hours of video content and are continuously adding more. You have access to your learning materials 24/7, and the ability to study from anywhere in the world there is internet at any time that is convenient for you.

CSNN has been operating for more than thirty years and has over 12,000 graduates in over 30 different countries. All of our instructors are professionals in the fields they teach; many have their own holistic nutrition practices.

Is there support after graduation?

CSNN is the only Holistic Nutrition School in Canada that has a designated Alumni Association!

CSNNAA is a national not-for-profit professional organization that represents the largest number of holistic nutrition professionals in Canada.

Their mission is to establish CSNNAA as the starting point for CSNN grads. Through community, information and partnership they endeavour to support, encourage and guide all holistic nutritional professionals to achieve success.

CSNNAA supports the interests of the holistic nutrition industry in order to improve awareness and recognition about the benefits of a holistic nutrition approach for the general public, insurance companies and within the medical and wellness industries.

Graduates receive lifetime access to the Online Learning Management Systems to review coursework, connect with peers review webinar recordings, additionally; all graduates are invited to participate in exclusive student events such as live webinars or workshops!

Why does CSNN have a Scope of Practice?

Educational institutions that care about protecting the reputation of all of its graduates provide their students the necessary information and tools to practice as a holistic nutrition professional in a safe and responsible manner.

CSNN has done this by providing a Scope of Practice that is supported by industry insurers and clarifies to the public and other health practitioners the role CSNN graduates play in the health care industry.

CSNN students learn about the nutrients found in supplements, natural health products, and food. Also, many health food and whole food stores, and natural pharmacies look for CSNN graduates because of their level of understanding and knowledge about these nutrients.

Staying within the bottle recommendations in regards to dosing levels protects both graduates and their clients. CSNN’s Scope of Practice is just another example of how its Natural Nutrition Program is truly a Holistic Nutrition Practitioner’s program in contrast to other programs that teach various modalities of wellness, but lack practitioner focus, or that teach only portions of a practitioner’s responsibility such as ‘coaching’.

By supplying a Scope of Practice, CSNN demonstrates how much it cares about the safe practice of its graduates, the health and safety of the public, and how much CSNN and its graduates respect the unique scopes of practice of other health care practitioners.

What professional designation do I get once I complete the program?

There are three designations that are exclusive to graduates of CSNN’s Natural Nutrition Program. These are: R.H.N. (Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ or Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant™), C.H.N. (Certified Holistic Nutritionist™ or Certified in Holistic Nutrition™), and C.H.N.C. (Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™). Which designation(s) and accompanying title(s) you may use depends on the regulations in the province(s) where you practice and the province(s) where your clients reside.

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*Results based on responses from online students/graduates. Survey date range: March 06, 2019 – January 24, 2023