Frequently Asked Questions

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If you are considering a career in holistic nutrition, you’re sure to have many questions.

Here at the Edison Institute of Nutrition, we’ve included some of the more commonly asked ones below. However, if you don’t see your question, feel free to contact us – we’re happy to answer.

If you have a general interest in holistic nutrition but don’t want to complete a diploma program, you may be interested in the Edison Institute Of Nutrition’s Introduction To Holistic Nutrition Program.

It’s designed to be a general knowledge program for those who want to be able to better care for themselves or their family members, but it does not give you a professional designation.

We also offer many Continuing Education Courses for current practitioners.

No, not at all. Students at the Edison Institute of Nutrition have a wide range of backgrounds. To find out more about the enrolment requirements, visit our enrolment page.

This is an important question to ask! It’s critical to know who will be guiding you in your education and what experience they have to offer.

That goes double for an online program – how will you be able to access and benefit from your instructors’ experience?

Lynne Hinton and Marlene Marshall, the owners of Edison Institute of Nutrition, have over 22 years experience running their own successful nutritional consulting practice, along with continuing educational courses for current practitioners. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with students and are actively involved on a daily basis. Each of our instructors brings at least 10 years of clinical experience to the development of our course curriculum.

Even though our program is online you do not need to feel isolated and alone.  You will have direct access to instructors who are available to support you on an individual basis!


We’ve partnered with an industry-leading online education platform to make your entire Edison Institute education simple and intuitive to use. EIN’s step-by-step instruction guides you through every stage of your program. Whether you’re tech-savvy or have minimal computer skills, you’ll find the Edison Institute’s programs easy to navigate. In case of an issue, you’ll have direct access to our IT manager who will work to resolve any problem right away. We are always here and available to support you and ensure that you succeed!

To register for any of the Edison Institute of Nutrition’s courses, visit our enrolment page.

In most jurisdictions, holistic nutritionists are self-regulated through an association, including Canada. They are not regulated by the government. As a result, you aren’t required to be member of a regulated body the way naturopathic doctors, dentists and medical physicians are. However, membership in professional associations like the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants, the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners and the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (USA) does have its benefits, including greater credibility.

The most obvious career opportunity is to go into private practice as a registered holistic nutritionist, but there are many more options available as well.

Below is a list of just some of the fields you can work in as a graduate of the Edison Institute of Nutrition:

  • Athletics
  • Multi disciplinary clinics
  • New parent education
  • Corporate wellness
  • Fitness centers
  • Daycare/early childhood education centers
  • Retirement communities
  • Home healthcare/hospice
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Health supplement sales/development
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Food industry/restaurant
  • Organic/sustainable farming
  • Research & development
  • Education

The Edison Institute of Nutrition maintains a relationship with several governing bodies of holistic nutrition, including the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP), the National Association of Nutritional Professions (NANP) in the United States, and the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC). As a result, your Edison Institute education is recognized in many different countries.

EIN graduates can be found working in Canada, the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, South Africa, Jamaica, Poland, UAE, Japan, Mexico, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Pakistan, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, Russia, Bermuda, Hungary and Taiwan. We can offer our program anywhere around the world!

Everyone is unique, which you will see as your assessments and consultations unfold. Your Edison Institute education will come from this perspective. You’ll learn to assess and recommend that which is based on your client’s needs depending on their health concerns, health conditions, health history, their beliefs, and their goals. We do not believe in a “one size fits all plan”. We do not focus on any one specific diet. Our program will teach you the many and varied aspects of dietary intake based on the individuals needs not just a theory.

We have two options for tuition payment.

You can pay your tuition by the module, which breaks your payment into six separate payments, or you can pay your tuition up front in one payment. Tuition payment up front is $4,300.00, and tuition payment by module works out to $4,800.00.

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While many schools build their programs around a combination of holistic nutrition and mainstream dietician/medical teaching, The Edison Institute’s program is based only on holistic functional nutrition. This gives you a more direct window into the art and science of holistic nutrition beyond what many other programs offer.

We offer a very in-depth curriculum consisting 0f 2000 hours. 

You’ll learn the detailed concepts of critical thinking when it comes to assessing your clients, creating personalized nutrient and supplement recommendations, as well as advanced health issues and how to work with serious cases.

You’ll learn the nutritional interpretation of blood testing, hair analysis and many other forms of testing. You’ll also gain access to knowledge on the use and benefits of homeopathic drainage which is not available in any other program.

In every field, there are many that have textbook knowledge but do not know how to put it into action. That’s why your Edison Institute instructors are dedicated to working with you live  one-on-one  to ensure you are ready to practice with confidence! In particular, we offer two full courses on how to structure your client appointments and assessments. – SYMP1 and SYMP2.

When comparing available programs, make sure you compare the course curriculum in detail and be sure of what your learning outcomes will be, not just the cost or convenience of the program.

Absolutely! A Credit Transfer Assessment will be completed to determine which subjects you will be exempt. From there, we’ll create a custom program for you so you will not repeating subjects you’ve studied elsewhere. You can find the application for the Transfer Credit Assessment here.

Thomas Edison once said, "If the doctors of today do not become the nutritionists of tomorrow, then the nutritionist of today will become the doctors of tomorrow."

We do not run our program on a school year calendar. You can start whenever you’re ready, and you have 3 years from that point forward to finish the program although it can be finished in 1 year depending on the time you have to devote to your studies. This allows you to manage your study time in relation to other commitments that you have.

The Diploma in Holistic Nutrition (DHN) program is a total of 2000 hours, which includes six different modules, each with five subjects per module. Part time students tend to complete it in 120 weeks, while full-time students can complete it in a year. However, these are just averages. The program is designed with flexibility in mind, you can complete it in as much or as little time as you like within a 3-year period.

Edison Institute of Nutrition was founded in 1996. Edison has always been in the forefront of nutrition education being one of the first schools established to teach holistic nutrition.  Edison's curriculum is the most comprehensive online holistic nutrition program worldwide.

An extension may be granted to allow you more time to complete the program. A reactivation fee may apply. If at any time during your program you anticipate a delay in your studies, please let us know by phone or email.

You may purchase your textbooks from or other bookseller sources as long as it is the same edition that we are currently using. Some textbooks and materials are exclusive to Edison Institute and will not be available elsewhere. These will be shipped directly to you. A textbook list will be provided to you upon registration and at the beginning of each module.

NOTE: Check the editions carefully before purchasing. Kindle Editions do not have page numbers, which may make then difficult to use. 

We offer a good variety of CEU's approved by the nutrition associations  as well as the Nutritional Preceptorship Program, Postgraduate Mentorship Program, Certified Holistic Cancer Practitioner Program, the Advanced Diploma in Holistic Nutrition, Live Cell Microscopy Training, The Practitioners Tool Kit, Business of Wellness Program and Metabolic Balance Certified Coach Program. Information on these courses can be found in the Continuing Education Section

Contact The Edison Institute Of Nutrition

Do you have a question that were not answered above? If so, you’re not alone.

There are a million different reasons for the desire to pursue a career in holistic nutrition, so there are a million different questions you might ask.

Here at the Edison Institute of Nutrition, we recognize that deciding to pursue a new career path is not a small decision. We are here to support you, every step of the way.

Working online actually speeds up the process, makes the program more accessible to those in many other countries and is much more environmentally friendly.

With Edison you can have it all, and right from the comfort of your home.

Contact us today. We’ll answer your questions, and help you decide whether an Edison Institute education can help you meet your goals.


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