Certificate of Training (COT) in Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (IFMNT)

Become an authority in Functional Nutrition!

All New Program Structure!

Course content now offered in 9 content-rich modules registered for separately or as a bundle with special savings.

Learn more about topics of your choice or complete all modules to earn your Functional Medicine Nutrition Specialist Certification (cFMNS) and be recognized as a Functional Nutrition authority!

Note:  Our new course structure combines all topics from both previous courses, COT and Advanced IFMNT – all content is now in one. A separate advanced course remains only for those who took COT previously, who want to continue to complete their studies and earn their credential.

COT training provides 218 CPEs. Credentialing requires additional 12 CPE of Grand Rounds case review. All totaled, our program offers over 240 pre-approved CPEs for RDNs! (Others should inquire with their credentialing board)

Live webinars are also recorded offering flexibility of learning options. Join in any time! First Module starts June 24, 2020. Registration opens shortly!

* Pre-requisite: Introduction to IFMNT 6-session series; opt-out exam available – contact us for more info.

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Certificate of Training (COT) in Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (IFMNT)

To practice most responsibly and with the highest level of confidence, you’ll need the deepest coverage of core IFMNT topics. Join pioneer and leading expert, Susan Allen–Evenson, RDN, CCN, FMNS and several noted guest expert presenters for the most comprehensive IFMNT training that exists today!

This training is different! Since our courses are held mostly as live and interactive webinars, our content is consistently updated and expanded. Research is continually reviewed and that means our training is evidenced-based, cutting-edge and hot off the press. Live training also offers the benefit of on-the-spot interaction for Q &A and continual clarification of learning as content is delivered and most applicable. Even if you only take the course as a recorded series, you get the benefit of the live interaction that was had and you can always ask additional questions in the private class forum.

You won’t get lost in the crowd here! Class size is kept smaller on purpose to ensure everyone in the course gets personalized attention throughout their learning process.

Not just book learning, but a rich display of the practical application of IFMNT. Susan Allen-Evenson brings a keen element of mentoring with her 28 years of clinical experience and IFMNT know-how. It’s almost like you’re in the clinic with her getting first-hand experience!  One main instructor provides cohesiveness of your learning journey. Expert guest instructors round out the learning.

Through 9 modules of learning, course participants will take a deep dive into the world of Functional Nutrition, identifying root causes of health problems and addressing strategies to support renewed and optimal health. This certification course (certification optional) begins with an in-depth coverage of the Nutrition Assessment process. Keeping with the comprehensive nature of this course, an array of topics are covered, for example: Nutrients/Supplements, Diet and Culinary strategies, Cognition/Brain Health, Detoxification, Gastrointestinal/Gut-Brain, CardioMetabolic, Endocrine, and of course, a coverage of practice strategies for success.

Woven in among these topics are threads of genomic application, therapeutic diets, and functional medicine labs. Case studies throughout will provide examples of practice application of assessment and individualized recommendations strategic to each unique patient.

Each module will include loads of handouts (many customizable), practice tools, access to research, and many modules will include optional further reading, as well as bonus recordings of additional content!

While, technically, modules may be taken in any order, we highly recommend you begin with module one. Progress through remaining modules in order, or as it best fits into your schedule. Once modules are recorded, registration remains open for the recorded version until another live session begins. This will allow a fast-track experience (taking more than one module at a time). Starting in 2021, two new live series will be offered yearly. Each full certification live module cycle is expected to take approximately 24 months, though fast-track options eventually offered can shorten this time considerably. Completing all required training within 36 months is required to sit for the certification exam. A case study write-up will also be required for successful completion of the certification process.

9 Modules totaling at least 218 CPEs!

Module 1: Functional Nutrition (FN) Assessment Part 1 (20 CPEs)

The FN Intake / Functional Nutrition Focused Physical
Module details here 

Module 2: Functional Nutrition Assessment part 2  (25 CPEs)

Functional Blood Chemistry Interpretation
Module details here 

Module 3: MicroNutrients / Dietary Supplements  (26 CPEs)

Module 4: Gastrointestinal Health / Autoimmune (28 CPEs)

Module 5: Detoxification (21 CPEs) 

Module 6: CardioMetabolic (18 CPEs)

Module 7: Thyroid / Adrenal / Biofield (20 CPEs)

Module 8: Cognition and Brain Health (27 CPEs)

Module 9: Hormone Health / Cancer (32 CPEs)


Cross-over Events and/or Bonus Training :

Business and Practice Strategies for Success! (8 CPEs)

Functional Nutrition Grand Rounds (case study review) (12-24 CPEs)

Functional Nutrition Culinary Essentials (8 CPEs)

Culinary Biochemistry – Advanced Application in Functional Nutrition (14 CPEs) 



  • Modules as they are delivered live, may overlap to allow for faster matriculation though the training.
  • CPE hours are approximate as adjustments are made for live content delivery
  • All modules taught by Susan Allen-Evenson and occasional guest expert instructors

Sessions Recorded:

All live sessions are also recorded for review continually throughout the course and for an additional 4 months after module concludes. Registrations for a recorded series offer 6 months of access to recording. All Slides, handouts and CPE certificates are yours to download and retain permanently. No worries if you join in late or miss a live session. Recordings are perfect for those not able to participate in live training or for those who register for the course after it’s given live.

Private Class Forum

Private course networking forum gives an opportunity for networking and for Q & A between sessions. No one ever misses a thing!


Completion of all 9 modules (including self-study quizzes), required cross-over events and bonus training, and successfully passing associated quizzes qualifies you to advance to the certification process. Successful passage of the exam and submission of a written case study adequately demonstrating your knowledge of the IFMNT will be required to earn the cFMNS credential which designates your advanced certification in the specialty. Those who qualify for the certification exam process, will have 4 months to complete upon completion of all course modules. Those wishing to become certified must complete all course modules within a 3-year time-frame from commencing the course. (separate exam fee required)

Certification optional, CPE is earned regardless.

Module 1: Functional Nutrition Assessment – Part 1 (20 CPEs)

Begins June 24th 2020

Wednesday live webinars 7:45-9:45 PM ET (6/24, 7/1, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, and 8/12)

Patient Intake practicum 4-hr workshop intensive: Saturday 7/11/20 Zoom mtg, 11 AM – 2 PM ET

Live webinar attendance not mandatory – all sessions recorded. Recording access limited to 4 months from access date. All other course materials available for download to your permanent files. Certificate of Completion and CPE earned after passing of self-study quizzes.

Course Covers:

Part 1: The Functional Nutrition Intake

Part 2: The Functional Nutrition Focused Physical 

Part 3: The Six Core Centers of Health

Note: While not mandatory, we highly recommend Module 1 be taken before or in conjunction with other modules.

The IFMNT approach looks at core imbalances in key body systems that underlie symptoms and are the root of chronic health conditions. The unique makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind-body) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.

Functional medicine focuses on prevention and support through nutrition, as its cornerstone. Categories addressed in the Functional Nutrition Assessment:

  • Diet / Therapeutic diets
  • Exercise / movement
  • Laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques (part 2)
  • Combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines
  • Dietary and herbal supplements
  • Environmental toxic load and detoxification support
  • Lifestyle balance and stress-management techniques

Along with comprehensive and detailed history, signs/symptoms, and a careful Functional Nutrition focused physical exam, clinicians begin the deep detective work that not only tells the patient’s story and establishes a patient centered experience, but also helps uncover the underlying issues that allowed the patient to reach their current health status for which they seek assistance with.

Modules 1 represents the beginning of a meaningful journey to a new level practice, empowering you with expanded knowledge, skill-set, toolbox to become the most effective practitioner you have ever been.

Modules 1 contains:

  • Seven 2-hr Webinars
  • Bonus pre-recorded 3-hour FN Intake review
  • 4-hr FN nutrition assessment practicum workshop
  • 36 handouts, some ready to customize for your practice
  • 7 practice exercises to help you solidly your learning (optional)
  • 3 In-depth e-book links for additional reading/resource (optional)
  • Over 300 slides!

Registration Information:

To ensure on optimal environment for interactive experiences in this course, we limit registration to the live sessions. Lock in your spot today!

Combine registration with Module 2 and save!

Module 1: Limited seats available. Registration opens soon. For additional information including fees, request to be added to the waitlist now HERE

Module 2: Functional Nutrition Assessment Part 2 (25 CPEs)

All live webinars are recorded for those who miss a live session or prefer to review after the fact.

Module 2 includes:
Part 1: Functional Blood Chemistry Interpretation
Part 2: Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis Practicums

Methodical assessment of standard blood test results through the functional nutrition lens helps uncover subtle imbalances, that when supported, help to ensure optimal health. Just because your labs are in the “normal range” doesn’t necessarily mean they’re optimal. It is important practitioners understand this process not typically included in conventional training, as it can represent a key aspect of the full Functional Nutrition process and help to ensure more successful case outcomes.

Blood chemistries are of unique value in helping to connect the dots in combination with physical signs and symptoms.

In this module, the functional medicine model will be applied in a unique way to the interpretation of conventional blood work. Everything involved in lab work will be covered:

  • Lab ordering – various options
  • Patient prep for the blood draw – when to stop supplements, importance of fasting, and more
  • Reference ranges – how they are derived and changed
  • Functional lab interpretation – Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Complete Blood Count, Anemias, Protein status, key interactions and relationship between various nutrients, and more

This module will provide new and unique skills to apply to your functional and integrative practice.

Modules 2 contains:

  • 24 handouts
  • 13 Practice exercises to help you solidly your learning
  • Interactive Lab Interpretation Practicums
  • Approximately 240 slides!

Registration information

To ensure on optimal environment for interactive experiences in this course, we limit registration. Lock in your spot today!

Combine registration with Module 1 and save!

Module 2: Limited seats available. Registration opens soon. For additional information including fees, request to be added to the waitlist now HERE