What standards must I meet to qualify?
The educational requirements can be met by a diploma in holistic nutrition from an IONC approved school. Proficiency must be demonstrated in the following post-secondary subjects:
|Anatomy & Physiology
||Fundamentals of Nutrition
||Alternative Comparitive Diets
|Digestion & Elimination
||Life Cycle (Geriatrics, Pediatrics, & Sports Nutrition)
||Clinical Nutrition & Research Applications
Graduates of our approved schools are encouraged to apply to IONC for membership within one year of graduation, as educational upgrading will be required after the one year grace period expires. An ROHP or RNCP must also be of sound moral character, having high regard for the welfare of his/her clients, setting an example for others to follow, and acting at all times as a tribute to this profession.
Our two designations provide a multi tier opportunity for those interested in the field of orthomolecular and holistic nutrition. Our first level RNCP designation is designed for high school graduates with less academic pre-requisites. Upon completion of this curriculum, they have opportunity to work for supplement companies, health food stores, write in publications or act as coaches. Our advanced ROHP designation programs is designed for students and health professionals with a more sophisticated academic background, looking for more functional and clinical expertise in orthomolecular nutrition that prepares them as competent skilled professionals, working in tandem with other complementary health specialists.
Are there any other requirements?
Yes. The ROHP and RNCP designations are awarded only to those who are active members of IONC. Your fees for registration, therefore, include professional membership in IONC, up until the end of our fiscal year - March 31st. If you join after Dec 1st , your membership will be extended until March 31st the following renewal period (ie Dec 1 2011-March 31 2013) If you join AFTER SEPTEMBER 1 your membership fee will be reduced .
Benefits of a Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP) and Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner (RNCP
- The ROHP and RNCP designation indicate that you have met all the educational and ethical standards required of professional members of IONC.
- It assures the public, the insurance companies, the medical community, and other complementary practitioners that you are conducting a professional practice and meeting yearly upgrading standards.
- Professional liability insurance is mandatory for all Professional Members. If you have not already purchased this, it is available very inexpensively through IONC (Application forms available from Head Office.)
- A certificate will be issued to signify that you are a member in good standing and have met IONC educational requirements.
- You will be issued an ROHP or RNCP registration number that should be included on insurance forms that are given to clients with certain extended health care policies to submit for reimbursement from insurance companies. Please advise clients to check their policies.
- A renewal fee applies and educational upgrading (RNCP 25 hours- ROHP 25 hours )is required March 31st of each year, to assure the public that current educational standards are maintained.