Southwest Institute of Healing Arts  1538 E. Southern Ave.  Tempe, AZ 85282

Holistic Nutrition Wellness Practitioner - Online
National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) approved.
Diploma – 755 hours

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Developed around the rigorous educational standards of the NANP, this 755-hour diploma program addresses the foundations of nutrition covered in the Certificate of Excellence, as well as more advanced topics, including:

  • the key ways to support optimal organ function and body systems
  • the structure and function of the human body as a living organism
  • the relationship between the human body and all of its parts
  • the foundational concepts of biochemistry
  • the steps to evaluating and holistically treating mental illness
  • the best approaches to health and well-being for all stages of the life cycle
  • the most effective methods for using nutrition to maximize athletic performance and endurance
  • the roles of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, bioflavonoids and how they relate to deficiencies, therapeutic dosages, adverse reactions, and toxicity in the body
  • the foundational principles of botanical medicine, including study of herbs, their properties, actions, medicinal uses, and contraindications

This program is designed to prepare you for Board Certification in Holistic Nutrition. Upon graduation, you are eligible for Professional Level Membership with the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP), the first step in applying for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB) exam.


Choose from one of our exciting concentrations

Fitness Nutrition Educator
Are you passionate about wellness and want to help others achieve optimal health? With this option, you will earn certifications as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Behavioral Change Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. You’ll gain practical expertise in motivating clients to change their health and fitness habits, teach clients how to interpret food labels and portion sizes, and provide them with resources to illustrate how their food choices impact their unique fitness goals. If you want to begin a private practice as a health and fitness guru, becoming a Fitness Nutrition Educator is a great choice!

Natural Foods Culinary Specialist
Do you love healthy, delicious food and enjoy using unique and local ingredients? With the Natural Foods Culinary Specialist option, you’ll learn how to plan and prepare tasty, nutritious meals for clients AND how to educate them to make the healthiest choices for their unique needs. You’ll gain necessary knowledge in seasonal cooking, menu planning, professional safety and culinary techniques, while learning to tailor to the needs of each individual client. If you believe that wellness and cooking go hand in hand, become a holistic chef with the Natural Foods Culinary Specialist option!

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Holistic Nutrition Specialist* - Online and On-Campus
Certificate of Excellence – 200 hours

SWIHA’s 200-hour Holistic Nutrition Specialist Certificate of Excellence will provide you with a comprehensive education in what it means to have optimal health in our modern world, including:

  • the core principles of holistic nutrition
  • the roles which macronutrients and micronutrients play in the body
  • the best food sources for our bodies
  • the most effective methods for breaking the dieting mentality
  • the most effective healthy eating behaviors and how to implement them
  • the pros and cons of dietary systems throughout the world
  • the core principles and culinary techniques of whole and raw food nutrition
  • the keys to integrating and applying these nutrition principles with future clients

*Certificates of Excellence are not designed to serve as stand-alone vocational training and will not prepare you for gainful employment if taken independently of a diploma or degree program.

Why receive your Nutrition Certificate through SWIHA?

  • We are proud partners with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), who has endorsed our Nutrition
    diploma program for those seeking the Fitness Nutrition Educator track!
  • SWIHA is committed to creating a Conscious College Community. Our mission is to inspire individuals to discover their gifts
    and graces and to support them as they share their talents with the world in a loving and profitable way.
  • All graduates receive ongoing support through our Success Center, including placement assistance, entrepreneurial coaching,
    resume help, and much more.
  • SWIHA is state licensed and nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
  • Financial Aid is available to those who enroll in programs of 600 hours or more.


What are our Graduates saying?

“I am forever changed by these courses. Not only was I learning the information that now dictates how I now live my life and how I teach others to do the same– but I was growing, evolving, and shedding old layers every single day. I overcame some of my biggest obstacles. My relationships improved. My life suddenly felt fuller. I now possess a confidence that no one’s ever seen from me before. There’s a real power to this information– and there’s an even bigger power to feeling aligned with your life’s purpose. I’ve always known I wanted to help people– SWIHA gave me the tools to do so in a big way.”

Tory Dube

Owner and Founder of Hotchickpea
and recent Dr. Oz show guest.
Healthy Living and Performance Coach


“Follow your dreams. You can do this! There were many times I doubted myself. However, I just kept moving forward. It is scary at times! What change isn’t? Once you help just a couple of people achieve the results they were looking for, and they start talking about how you have made a difference in their lives... it makes you all the more motivated to reach out and serve more people.”

Casey Grant

Founder & Owner Fresh Start Wellness
Holistic Wellness Practitioner


“What I learned from SWIHA is how to be of true service to others. When you are in the health and wellness industry, it’s not about you– it’s about the client. I learned how to best serve my clients by teaching them to listen to their own intuitive insights and to discover their answers inside themselves, just as I had done.”

Nickole Swensen

Owner & Founder of Be Well. Be Happy
Health and Wellness Expert