Nutritional Genomics Training & Certification Program

Program Overview

The main objective of the Nutritional Genomics program is to provide clinicians (nutritionists and other healthcare providers) with foundational knowledge of the science that supports the application of nutritional genomics as a tool in the development of personalized nutrition intervention plans.

Those who complete this program will:

  • Receive a Certificate of Completion from the American Nutrition Association
  • Receive CME/CE credits
    • Physicians will be eligible for a maximum of 48 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    • The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists designates this activity for a maximum of 48 Continuing Education credits for Certified Nutrition Specialists.
    • The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) designates this activity for a maximum of 47.8 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs) for Registered Dietitians (RDs) and Registered Dietetic Technicians (DTRs).
  • Meet coursework requirement for the Certified Nutritional Genomics Specialist (CNGS) credential
Course Details
  • This is 100% online, and the modules are self-paced.
  • The course must be completed within 4 months of registration.
  • Approximate total learning time: 48 hours for required course materials plus additional learning time for supplemental material.
Course & Certification Pricing

Training Program

  • Nutritional Genomics Training Program: $1045
    •  15% discount ($888) for ANA Members/CNS in good standing*

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


  • Certification Fee - $250

CNGS Exam Registration 

Target Audience
  • Nutrition Professionals (CNS, RDN, DACBN, CCN, others)
  • Advanced healthcare providers from a wide range of disciplines who meet the course prerequisites listed below (MD/DO, ND, PharmD, physician assistants, MSN, NP, RN nurses, DC)
Suggested Course Prerequisites

Learners who meet one of the following criteria will be best prepared to successfully complete the course:

  • Masters or Doctorate in nutrition or related healthcare field
  • Coursework or continuing education credits in nutritional biochemistry; nutrients in human health; and nutrition clinical assessment, intervention, and therapeutics
Learning Format

This program consists of five self-paced modules designed to be completed in 8-14 hours of learning time each. Each module will consist of:

  • PowerPoint presentation with audio and transcript
  • Required readings (published articles, textbook chapters)
  • Glossary of key terms for Modules 1 and 2
  • Biochemical Pathway illustrations
  • Quiz questions to assess learning outcomes
Learning Objectives

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

  • Evaluate the clinical utility of genetic variations based on quality of scientific evidence
  • Understand the importance of integrating genomic data with other assessment tools to create personalized intervention plans
  • Explain the basic types of genetic variants and potential clinical consequences
  • Understand basic concepts of genomic science in order to distinguish clinically relevant genetic variations for which sufficient research and assessment tools currently exist from those variations for which it is lacking
  • Evaluate the social, ethical, and legal implications of integrating nutritional genomics in practice.
Curriculum Overview

Module I: Introduction to Genetics and Genomics

  • Unit 1: DNA and Genes
  • Unit 2: Introduction to Genetics
  • Unit 3: Regulation of Gene Expression, Part I
  • Unit 4: Regulation of Gene Expression, Part II
  • Unit 5: Introduction to Clinically Important DNA Variations
  • Unit 6: Research in Genetics and Genomics

Modules II: Introduction to the Practice Landscape of Nutritional Genomics

  • Unit 1: Definitions and Key Concepts
  • Unit 2: Genomic Assessment: Integrating Laboratory Testing
  • Unit 3: Genomic Assessment: Tools, Technologies and Services for Nutrigenomics Testing
  • Unit 4: Benefits, Limitations & Social Challenges of Nutritional Genomics in Practice

Module III: Nutritional Genomics: Responses to Macronutrients & Dietary Patterns

  • Unit 1: Dietary Fats
  • Unit 2: Dietary Protein
  • Unit 3: Dietary Carbohydrates
  • Unit 4: Gene-dietary pattern interactions

Module IV: Nutritional Genomics: Responses to Micronutrients & Food Bioactives

  • Unit 1: Genetic Variation and Fat Soluble Vitamins
  • Unit 2: Genetic Variation and Water-soluble Vitamins
  • Unit 3: Genetic Variation and Minerals
  • Unit 4: Genetic Variation and Food Bioactives & Xenobiotics

Module V: Nutritional Genomics: Impact of Genetic Variants on Food Intake, Fitness & Sleep, and Behavior Modification

  • Unit 1: Taste Perception, Food Preferences & Eating Behaviors
  • Unit 2: Fitness & Sleep
  • Unit 3: Behavior Modification
  • Comprehensive Case Study
Certification Requirements

To be eligible for the Certified Nutritional Genomics credential, candidates must meet each of the following requirements:

  • Degree Requirement:
    • Masters or Doctorate in nutrition or related field; or
    • Licensed healthcare practitioner (e.g. MD/DO, CNS, RDN, ND, PharmD, DC, physician assistants, MSN and NP nurses)
  • Coursework Requirement:
    • Completion of ANA Nutritional Genomics course; or
    • Completion of equivalent coursework in nutritional genomics to be vetted and approved by ANA
  • Examination Requirement: Passing score on Certification Examination for Certified Nutritional Genomics Specialist offered by Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists
  • Recertification Requirement: Completion of 30 CEUs in nutritional genomics every 5 years.

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

The American Nutrition Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 48 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 48 Continuing Education credits for Certified Nutrition Specialists.

Program Development
  • Victoria Behm, MS, CNS, LDN, American Nutrition Association
  • Corinne Bush, MS, CNS, American Nutrition Association
  • Ahmed El-Sohemy, PhD, University of Toronto
  • Simon Evans, PMP, PhD, Institute of Systems Biology
  • Bibiana Garcia-Bailo, PhD, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Katie Hansen, PhD, University of Texas
  • Dana Reed, MS, CNS, CDN, American Nutrition Association
  • Kim Ross, DCN(c), MS, MBA, CNS, CDN, LDN, IFMCP, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Jessica Titchenal, DCN(c), MS, CNS, CN, Maryland University of Integrative Health
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The American Nutrition Association expresses our profound thanks to Thorne and Onegevity for their generous educational grant which has made this program possible. We acknowledge their support in accordance with ACCME Accreditation Standards for Commercial Support of this CME activity.

We’d also like to acknowledge the important contributions of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in the creation of this course.