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Welcome to your Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine Full Time Career Course

Upon completion of this course, graduate nutritionists will be equipped to practice autonomously in their own professional clinic or work within an established health care practice.

Professional Recognition

The educational material is designed in accordance with the Australian Quality Framework (AQF) standard, and is equivalent to AQF level 7 Bachelor level course material. Once you have completed your Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine, you will receive a certificate of completion from Iconic Health Academy.

Graduates will be eligible to become professional members of the International Institute for Complementary Therapists, which is recognised in:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Assessment

This course is assessed using self-paced Multiple Choice Questionnaires, which can be used as formative or summative assessment, and provide immediate feedback.  The questions are designed to assess what you have learnt, and challenge your ability to apply concepts, and analyse and evaluate information.

Each module has its own assessment plan, and some include written assignments, student form participation and online presentations. Students are also required to complete practical components, including webinars and supervised clinical elements.

Course Outline

The Iconic Health Academy Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine is designed to be delivered over 3 years; it is offered in a full time format, which is delivered over 18 months, and a part time format, which is delivered over 36 months. 

To ensure currency of information, students are required to complete their studies within 6 years.

The Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine is structured to include the following Modules, which may also contribute to other courses:

Course Structure by Semester:

   
SEMESTER 1
Code Level Title Credit Points
AP1 100 Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
HSF Bridg. Health Sciences, Foundations 0
MT 100 Medical Terminology 4
NP 100 Natural Health Philosophy 4
NU1 100 Nutrition 1 4
PD 100 Professional Development 4
SEMESTER 2
AP2 100 Anatomy and Physiology 2 4
BC 200 Biochemistry 4
CB Bridg. Chemistry, Foundations 0
CT1 200 Critical Thinking 1 4
NU2 200 Nutrition 2 4
PC 200 Practical Counselling 4
SEMESTER 3
AFM 200 Applied Food as Medicine 4
CS 200 Clinical Studies 4
FW 100 Food for Wellness 4
PA 200 Pathology 4
TFM 200 Traditional Food as Medicine 4
TS 100 Tissue Salts 4
SEMESTER 4
CA 200 Clinic Administration 4
FS 200 Food Health & Safety 4
MP 200 Microbiology & Public Health 4
NU3 300 Nutrition 3 4
NU4 300 Nutrition 4 4
PH 200 Pharmacology 4
SEMESTER 5
BA 200 Biodiversity & Sustainable Agriculture 4
BCNut 300 Biochemistry for Nutritionists 4
CP1 300 Clinical Practice 1 (Log Book) 8
DD1 300 Differential Diagnosis 1 4
PP 300 Public Health Practice 4
TPNuM1 300 Treatment Protocols (NuM) 1 4
SEMESTER 6
CP2 300 Clinical Practice 2 (Log Book) 8
CSE 300 Clinical Safety and Exit Exam 4
CT2 300 Critical Thinking 2 4
DD2 300 Differential Diagnosis 2 4
PM 200 Practice Management 4
TPNuM2 300 Treatment Protocols (NuM) 2 4
    Total Credit points 144

Rules of Progression (full time):

The full time course will be delivered online, two modules at a time. Two bridging courses are also included, Health Sciences, Foundations and Chemistry, Foundations, to set students up for success.  You will be required to pass each pair of modules, before advancing to the next.  Modules are delivered in the following pairs:

Health Sciences, Foundations Natural Health Philosophy
Medical Terminology Nutrition 1
Anatomy and Physiology 1 Professional Development
Chemistry, Foundations Critical Thinking 1
Anatomy and Physiology 2 Practical Counselling
Biochemistry Nutrition 2
Food for Wellness Pathology
Clinical Studies Traditional Food as Medicine
Applied Food as Medicine Tissue Salts
Nutrition 3 Microbiology & Public Health
Nutrition 4 Pharmacology
Biochemistry for Nutritionists Food Health & Safety
Biodiversity & Sustainable Agriculture Practice Management
Critical Thinking 2 Public Health Practice
Differential Diagnosis 1 Treatment Protocols (NuM) 1
Differential Diagnosis 2 Treatment Protocols (NuM) 2

NB: Students will also be required to complete a Senior First Aid Certificate, which is not offered by Iconic Health Academy, prior to commencing their supervised clinic elements.

Module Descriptors

Anatomy and Physiology 1

This module introduces students to the anatomical structure and physiological function of the human body, including the chemical, cellular and tissue levels of organisation. Students will also learn about the structure and specialised functions of the integumentary, musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal systems, as well as gaining a basic overview of human metabolism.

Anatomy and Physiology 2

This module follows AP1, providing information on the structure and specialised functions of the lymphatic, immune, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems. Key concepts associated with fluid, electrolyte and acid-base homeostasis are also introduced.

Applied Food as Medicine

This module follows on from Food for Wellness, building on the therapeutic potential of food and providing students with a sound knowledge base necessary to implement healthy whole food into everyday life. It incorporates both theoretical and practical aspects of whole food cooking, including special diets, menu planning, and food safety and hygiene considerations.

Biochemistry

This module teaches chemistry and organic chemistry principles, and relates biochemical structure to the function of substances within the body. It provides a basic understanding of biochemical processes and metabolic pathways of macronutrients and energy production.

Biochemistry for Nutritionists

Building on the Biochemistry module, students will gain a deeper understanding of the biochemistry and metabolism of various micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other special nutrients, in order to predict the physiological effects of nutritional therapy.

Biodiversity & Sustainable Agriculture

This module explores the environmental and health impacts of modern agricultural practices, as well as the benefits of biodiversity and sustainable agriculture to human health and society at large. Various sustainable farming designs, including organic and biodynamic practices, permaculture and aquaculture will be discussed.

Chemistry, Foundations

This module introduces basic chemistry and organic chemistry principles, and relates biochemical structure to the function of substances within the body. It will provide an introduction to biochemical processes and metabolic pathways of macronutrients and energy production.

Clinical Studies

The Clinical Studies module will teach students case-taking and diagnostic skills in order to carry out a thorough health assessment. A range of diagnostic and examination techniques pertaining to all systems of the body will be discussed.

Critical Thinking 1

In this module, students will explore the theoretical assumptions underpinning quantitative and qualitative evidence and utilise an appraisal framework to evaluate the quality of research. They will learn to identify bias in research and to communicate their findings within a team setting. Academic writing sills, referencing styles and plagiarism will also be discussed.

Critical Thinking 2

This module follows on from CT1, further developing critical appraisal skills. Students will learn to search for studies based on a hierarchy of evidence and implement a systematic approach to the management of information. They will develop further skills in the review and assessment of scientific literature.

Differential Diagnosis 1

This module integrates the knowledge gained in the previous biological science modules to provide students with an understanding of the different signs and symptoms of common health conditions. Based on their clinical findings, students will learn to understand likely underlying pathology and prognoses, and decide on appropriate further investigations and referrals. This module will cover differential diagnosis of gastrointestinal, hepatic, metabolic, integumentary, immune, respiratory and urinary tract disorders.

Differential Diagnosis 2

This module follows DD1, to provide students with an understanding of the different signs and symptoms of common health conditions. This module will cover differential diagnosis of musculoskeletal, nervous, mental health, cardiovascular, endocrine and reproductive disorders.

Food for Wellness

In this module, students will explore the evidence for the therapeutic benefits and health outcomes of a balanced whole food diet. Food culture is explored across various ethnic groups and religions, and topics including traditional dietary paradigms, modern food production and genetic modification will also be discussed. Most sessions include insights into specific beneficial foods.

Food Health & Safety

Exploring food regulation, labelling and transportation, this module also encompasses genetic modification, industrial food processing, food adulteration and the use of additives in the context of food health and safety.

Health Sciences, Foundations

HSF is a self-paced learning module for students without prior human biology studies. It introduces the structure and function of the human body and the major body systems, together with an introduction to pathology, microbiology and pharmacology.

Medical Terminology

Specifically designed to teach students to effectively and efficiently communicate with other health professionals, this module analyses the structure of medical terms, diagnostic tests and referrals.

Microbiology & Public Health

Beginning with the history and chemical principles of microbiology, this module discusses the classification and nomenclature of microorganisms, with consideration of the effects of their lifecycles and pathogenicity. Food- and water-borne pathogens, and microbial diseases of specific body systems, will also be covered.

Natural Health Philosophy

Exploring the cultural origins, philosophies and historical development of modern day natural therapies, this module will outline the philosophical foundations of natural medicine and provide an overview of various modalities. Theories and applications of specific natural therapies are compared with each other and biomedical practice.

Nutrition 1

This module provides a broad overview of nutrition, including an introduction to macro- and micro-nutrients, energy requirements, exogenous factors affecting nutrition, and dietary guidelines. The student will learn how to perform a basic nutritional assessment, and to plan and implement dietary modifications based on healthy eating guidelines. We will also look at nutrition in respect to different life stages, weight management and food reactions.

Nutrition 2

Expanding on NU1, Nutrition 2 provides students with an in-depth look into specific micro- and macro-nutrients, including their food sources, physiological function, metabolism, and deficiency and excess symptoms. Students will explore therapeutic applications of nutrients and rationales for supplementation, as well as gaining an understanding of current TGA regulations.

Nutrition 3

In this module, students will design and evaluate individualised nutritional treatment plans in the clinical management of obesity, eating disorders, sports nutrition and selected disorders of the gastrointestinal, hepatic, integumentary and immune systems with respect to current evidence. Popular diets and drug-food-nutrient interactions are also examined.

Nutrition 4

In Nutrition 4, students will design and evaluate individualised nutritional treatment plans for pre-conception, infertility and pregnancy, wellness and longevity, and selected disorders of the respiratory, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, reproductive and urinary systems. Socioeconomic factors and cultural diversity are taken into consideration, and likely outcomes of treatment predicted.

Pathology

Integrating knowledge of anatomy and physiology, students will learn to apply knowledge of pathological processes to clinical outcomes. Diseases states are identified and discussed in terms of their effects on cell structure and function, as well as their underlying risk factors. Appropriate pathological tests and the interpretation of their results are also discussed.

Pharmacology

Pharmacological principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenetics are applied to define drug actions and interactions. Students will learn to classify drugs according to mechanisms of action and reflect upon the legal and ethical responsibilities of practitioners and the media.

Practical Counselling

In this practical module, various counselling theories will be explored and applied to different situations and personality types. Students will discuss the impact of judgement and compassion in the therapeutic encounter, as well as analyse case studies, in which they will learn to recommend therapies and identify warning signs that may indicate the need for referral.

Practice Management

This module will develop awareness of the necessary factors involved in operating a complementary medicine practice, including financial considerations, taxation requirements, record keeping, legal issues, implementation of systems, policies & procedures, and statutory & regulatory requirements. Students will create a business plan, formulate marketing strategies and materials for use in practice, and learn the basics of managing human resources.

Professional Development

In this module, we will explore techniques for effective communication, including the use of micro-skills, to enable students to develop oral and written communication skills to enhance the therapeutic encounter. We will also discuss self-esteem, self-concept, self-presentation and social psychology, as well as professional boundaries and legal and ethical considerations.

Public Health Practice

In this module, students will explore the determinants of health and illness among different population groups and critically evaluate common public health practices, including Australian public health policy. They will also establish a framework for public health practices and health promotion.

Tissue Salts

After introducing the historical development of tissue salts and mineral therapy, we discuss their benefits, roles and limitations within the field of nutritional healing.  Students will learn to identify mineral deficiencies and needs, and the main actions and indications of each of the twelve tissue salts are described in depth.  Using case studies, the principles and methods for managing acute and chronic conditions in patients of differing age and physiological states using tissue salt and mineral therapy is determined with respect to current evidence.

Traditional Food as Medicine

This module will explore the food selection and eating practices of selected cultures around the world and discuss how factors such as geographical location influence these practices. The utilisation of food as medicine by different cultures will be analysed and integrated into modern nutritional therapy practice.

Treatment Protocols (NuM) 1

This module integrates the knowledge gained in previous modules to enable students to critically analyse clinical cases from a holistic perspective, and develop evidence-based nutritional medicine treatment protocols for gastro-intestinal, hepatic, integumentary, immune, respiratory, urinary tract and metabolic conditions. Treatment protocols will be critically evaluated and management plans adapted for follow up cases. Students will also learn to recognise red flags and decide on appropriate referrals.

Treatment Protocols (NuM) 2

This module integrates the knowledge gained in previous modules to enable students to critically analyse clinical cases from a holistic perspective, and develop evidence-based nutritional medicine treatment protocols for musculoskeletal, nervous, mental health, cardiovascular, endocrine and reproductive conditions. Treatment protocols will be critically evaluated and management plans adapted for follow up cases. Students will also learn to recognise red flags and decide on appropriate referrals.

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