This weekend, I passed my final exam with the Institute of Integrated Nutrition to become a certified Health Coach! I can’t believe how fast the time has passed since I enrolled one year ago. I signed up using a Black Friday special to save $1000 off the tuition.
They have a similar offer this year and if you enroll between today November 25th and Friday, November 29th, you will save $1000, plus get the Wellness Extravaganza Package. The first 35 people to enroll will receive an iPad Air and the next 100 will receive an iPad Mini. Supplies obviously are limited so if you are reading this and have been waiting to pull the trigger, call (877) 733-1520 or visit IIN asap.
The tuition price has gone up since last year so this extra perk is about as good as it gets. I’m going to be sharing a more in-depth review of my program on the blog once I graduate but here are a few of the basic questions I get asked:
Why did I choose IIN?
IIN is the most well-respected nutrition school in the country without going back to college to get a full degree. IIN provides college credits that are applicable at some universities and the course also provided me with many CEC’s that I need for my ACSM personal training certification renewal. You not only learn about many different dietary theories but you are also given the tools to build a business, promote that business and look at overall well-being from an integrative health perspective. This means we look beyond the food you put in your mouth when designing a plan to help you reach your health goals.
What is the course like?
The course is online only but there are opportunities for in person events in NYC and around the country. You also choose a time that fits your schedule to hop on a call with a former graduate who now leads 12 conference call discussions with 6-12 students. You are required to attend at least 6 but more are encouraged. This is a chance for you to ask questions, and interact with other students. Each week a new module is released. This means, you can access the week lectures (video and audio) on the app. You need an iPad or iPhone to access these, which is why the black friday deal is pretty great. On your computer, you access handouts that go along with the lessons. The online dashboard also provides resources that you will need throughout the course and during your professional career including lecture outlines, dietary theory libraries, study guides, forums, and practice quizzes. You have 4 required tests. Each one covers 10 modules. You have 2 hours to complete the tests, but they usually took me 15 minutes. You also have a few other simple requirements.
Was it worth it for me?
I loved the program. It’s not a masters or a bachelors. You can’t compare it to college. It’s expensive ($4,995 with discount) but it does give you an accreditation that you should have if you want to work as a health coach without spending a minimum of $15,000/year on tuition. I learned so many new dietary theories, social media tips and things about myself I never knew. I think many people join the program as a way to psychoanalyze themselves, hoping to find answers to their own imperfections. I signed up with a similar goal in addition to create better content online, continue my education and help my clients reach their health goals. I’m probably not going to coach individuals right away but might in 2014.
Would I recommend it?
Yes! I researched many health coaching schools and never once regretted my decision to go with IIN. Their alumni network is a who’s who of industry professionals. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made for my unborn children, as well as my current household. You will learn a lot when it comes to what understanding our relationship with food, our environment, spirituality, other individuals and more. What you choose to do with it, depends on your goals. If you are interested in joining and want to chat more about the program, leave a question below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a Google Hangout.
The links used are affiliate links. If you do sign up, feel free to mention that I, Sarah Dussault referred you. No my last name is not “Fit” – I get this question surprisingly a lot, lol! You can do the same after you sign up, too. Last year, I got to visit Kripalu with a group of mostly graduates for referring a friend in January.