Personalized Nutrition Practitioner (PN-P) Training Program

Program Overview

The Personalized Nutrition Practitioner Training Program  (PN-P) is a concise, clinically-focused educational program to arm you, along with a broad cross section of advanced licensed healthcare practitioners, with the skills and knowledge to apply personalized nutrition in your practice. You will find the latest information, assessments, and modalities and practitioner resources to tailor a personalized nutrition care plan for a specific patient or client.

Those who complete this program will:

  • Receive a Certificate of Completion from the American Nutrition Association
  • Receive 40 CME or CE credits
  • Meet coursework requirement (one of the eligibility requirements) for the Certified Personalized Nutrition Practitioner (CPN-P) credential 
Course Details
  • 100% online, and self-paced.
  • Designed to be completed within 10 weeks, 4 hours per week. 
  • Must be completed within 4 months of registration.
  • Approximate total learning time: 40 hours for required course materials plus additional learning time for supplemental materials.
Learning Format

This program consists of three self-paced modules designed to be completed within 10 weeks. Each module will consist of:

  • Video presentations
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Required readings (published articles, textbook chapters)
  • Clinical reference sheets
  • Quiz questions to assess learning outcomes
Learning Objectives

After completing this training program, participants should be able to:

  • Understand and apply the personalized nutrition care model and personalize nutrition roadmap in clinical practice for prevention and treatment of chronic disease and optimal health.  
  • Communicate effectively with patients about the role of nutrition in their health or disease.
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary healthcare team and identify patients and clients for referral to a personalized nutrition specialist.
Course & Certification Pricing

Training Program

  • Personalized Nutrition Practitioner For CME (MDs/DOs/Others seeking CME): $1895
    •  15% discount ($1611) for ANA Members
  • Personalized Nutrition Practitioner For Non-CME (healthcare practitioners not seeking CME): $1695
    •  15% discount ($1441) for ANA Members

*Must use ANA Member discount code at time of purchase to receive the discount.


  • Application fee: $50
  • Examination fee: $150
  • Recertification fee: $125
Target Audience
  • Advanced licensed healthcare providers including MD/DO, DC, ND, NP, PA, APRN, and Pharmacists
  • Nutrition Professionals (RDN, others).
  • Note: this program is not targeted to Certified Nutrition Specialists (CNS).  CNS certificants have demonstrated a deeper and more specialized set of skills and knowledge in personalized nutrition.  The CNS is the highest level certification in Personalized Nutrition.  However, the PN-P course may serve as a  useful review for these professionals, and CEUs may be earned.  
Curriculum Overview

Module I: The Personalized Nutrition Framework: Introduction to Personalized Nutrition

  • Unit 1: Gathering the Data
  • Unit 2: Drivers of Personalized Nutrition
  • Unit 3: The Role of Nutrients, Supplementation & Therapeutic Diets
  • Unit 4: Drug/Nutrient Interactions
  • Unit 5: The Personalized Nutrition Roadmap

Module II: Clinical Applications of Personalized Nutrition

  • Unit 1: Gastrointestinal Health & the Microbiome
  • Unit 2: Cognitive Health
  • Unit 3: Immune Resilience & Autoimmune Disease
  • Unit 4: Cardiovascular Health
  • Unit 5: Metabolic Health & Weight Loss
  • Unit 6: Impact of Toxicity on Health
  • Unit 7: Hormone Health
  • Unit 8: Special Populations

Module III: An Integrated Approach to Personalized Nutrition in Practice

  • Unit 1: Personalized Nutrition Practice Models
  • Unit 2: Behavior Change
  • Unit 3: Clinical Pearls
  • Unit 4: The Behavior Change Conversation
  • Unit 5: Faculty Pearls
Certification Requirements

To be eligible for the Certified Personalized Nutrition Practitioner (CPNP) credential, candidates must meet each of the following requirements:

1. Education

Degree and Training Requirements

Degree Requirement: The candidate must hold one of the following:

  • Bachelors degree or higher in the field of nutrition or dietetics from a United States regionally accredited college or university, or its foreign equivalent; or
  • Master of Science or doctoral degree in health science or medicine, from a United States regionally accredited college or university, or its foreign equivalent;   

“Regionally accredited” means an institution that was accredited, at the time the degree was awarded, by a regional accreditation body in the United States which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Degrees from institutions outside the U.S. must be from that country’s equivalent of a regionally accredited U.S. institution and translated. Licenses from countries outside of the U.S. must be translated and have nutrition in legal scope of practice.

Training Requirement: All candidates must have completed all three modules of the American Nutrition Association (ANA) Personalized Nutrition Practitioner Training program. Please do not apply to sit for the exam until you have completed the training program.

2.  Examination

The candidate must pass the Certification Examination for Personalized Nutrition Practitioners. The exam is offered two times per year and is offered online.

The Certification Examination for Personalized Nutrition Practitioners is designed to test the knowledge and skills acquired by those who have successfully completed the educational requirements outlined above.  

The first CPNP exam will be held in Q1 of 2022. The application processing fee is $50, and the examination fee is $150.  

3. Experience

  • State license or certification as a healthcare practitioner in the U.S. with nutrition in legal scope of practice, including MD/DO, DC, ND, NP, PA, APRN, Pharmacists, RDN, or foreign equivalent; and
  • Completion of one comprehensive case study using the ANA approved format. (Case study may be submitted after passing exam.)

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, planning committees, moderators, faculty, and all others in control of the educational content of the continuing education activity must disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies that they may have had within the past 24 months. If an individual refuses to disclose financial relationships, they will be disqualified from being a part of the planning and implementation of the activity. Owners and/or employees of an ineligible company with business lines or products relating to the content of the activity will not be permitted to participate in the planning or execution of any accredited program. All listed relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies for individuals in control of content have been mitigated.


The American College of Nutrition is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Nutrition designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists designates this activity for a maximum of 40 Continuing Education credits for Certified Nutrition Specialists.

Program Development


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Conflict of Interest (COI) Mitigation

All relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies listed for individuals in control of content have been mitigated using a multi-step process including independent peer review of presentations.

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The American Nutrition Association expresses our profound thanks to our sponsors

  • Microbiome Labs
  • Ortho Molecular Products
  • AIDP
  • Fullscript
  • Enzyme Science
  • Nutrigenomix
  • Metagenics
  • Cyrex Laboratories
  • Genova Diagnostics, Inc.