Due to the amount of emails I receive on a daily basis (read: 5+ emails every single day) asking me questions about The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN), their Natural Nutrition Program, and everything about it from how hard the exams are to if I think you should study there, I decided to write this post answering all of your FAQs as a resource for anyone and everyone who has questions about CSNN.
Why did you choose to study at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition vs. other natural/holistic nutrition schools?
After completing my Bachelor or Science in Food and Nutrition at Brescia University College, instead of completing a dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian like I thought I wanted to at the beginning of my university studies, I began to look into other options that resonated with me more, such as holistic/natural nutrition.
When I woke up one morning, I began reading my favourite blogs, one of the being Leanne’s, Healthful Pursuit. Lucky for me, that day her blog post was a guest post by Laura Hillier. Both Leanne and Laura are graduates of The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and Laura wrote a guest post for Leanne about her experience at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
As I read this post by Laura, I began to get shivers all over my body, The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition sounded exactly like what I was looking for!
So, I went to The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition website and began to learn more. To my surprise, there was a location where I was living at the time, London, Ontario. The situation couldn’t have been more perfect!
From there, I applied, had an interview with the Branch Manager of the London Branch, found out I was accepted, and began my studies that September!
As you can see, The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition was the perfect suit for me. It was located in the city I was living in at the time and it was everything I was looking for in a school. How does it compare to other holistic/natural nutrition schools like The Institute of Holistic Nutrition (IHN) in Toronto? I honestly could not give you a good, detailed answer to that because I never looked into IHN. The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition was the perfect school for me and I didn’t look any further. However, I do have a very close friend that attended IHN and, before I enrolled at CSNN, she informed me that there wasn’t much of a difference between the two schools and, based on her comparison, both were amazing schools and the reason that she attended IHN over CSNN was due to location, as well.
What jobs/careers are available after graduating from the Natural Nutrition Program at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and becoming a Registered Holistic Nutritionist?
Clearly, based on what I do, after graduating as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, you can own your own business and private practice. That is, if you’re an entrepreneur at heart like myself!
If you aren’t an entrepreneur, there are still so many career opportunities for you. The majority of my teachers at CSNN owned their own private practices, but many worked at health food stores, owned health food stores, worked as a person chef, author, pharmaceutical rep, on chiropractors wellness teams, or taught at CSNN. There are so many opportunities after graduating as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, this is just a short list.
Throughout the Natural Nutrition Program at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, will I learn anything about starting my own business?
Yes, there is an entire Business course that is part of the Natural Nutrition Program curriculum. It is thorough and I am positive you will learn all of the business-related things you want to know!
Do I need to have a degree in nutrition before enrolling into the Natural Nutrition Program?
No, you do not need a degree in nutrition like I had before enrolling into the Natural Nutrition Program. Did my Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition help me throughout my studies at CSNN? Absolutely! Is it necessary or mandatory? No.
For more information on admission requirements, read here.
How much time did you devote to your studies?
I think this is a really personal question. Some students are like sponges – they can read a textbook once and soak it up, remembering everything. And then there are other types of students that have to read their notes and textbooks a million times before it sinks in. I would be that student, the one who has to study a lot, read her notes over and over, before feeling comfortable enough to write an exam. Therefore, it kind of goes without saying, I studied a lot. I devoted a lot of time to studying. My best friend in the program and I would get together after each class and go over the lesson from that day and then we would get together multiple times before final exams and study with each other – doing this helped me a lot and reflected in my grades. But, maybe you are different? Maybe you are the sponge? So, this question that I get asked so often is hard for me to answer as we are all different and you are going to have to devote the amount of time to your studies that works well for you.
Were the exams hard?
As you know from the previous question, I studied a lot. So, personally, I didn’t find the exams overly difficult; however, there were some exams that were much more difficult than others. I also had four years of studying nutrition behind me, so I was fairly well versed in the content I was studying.
Having said that, it is important to note that your teachers usually write the exams for the courses that they teach you, so the exams I wrote when I attended CSNN in 2013 – 2014 will be different from the ones you write.
How should I prepare for the final exam?
This goes back to what you need to do in order to pull off grades you’re personally happy with. Again, I studied a lot for my final exam, pretty much every day of the entire summer. I reviewed all of the content that was taught to me from the entire year, while placing more focus on the big concepts. This worked for me and the particular exam that I wrote.
How was studying nutrition at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition different than when you studied nutrition at university?
This was a concern of mine before beginning my studies at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I was worried that after four years of studying nutrition at university and having a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition, would everything I learnt at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition be repetitive? Despite this concern, I began my studies at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and I am so thankful that I did because, although the basic information was the same (read: the role of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats have in the body), I felt as though the information I learnt throughout the Natural Nutrition Program at CSNN went into a lot greater detail on how exactly food affected the body. I found that we studied food and nutrition in such a way at CSNN that you were able to see that food could certainly be used as medicine and, most importantly, when studying disease and illness, we took a “find the root cause of the problem” approach.
For an example, when studying hormonal imbalances, we didn’t just learn how to help someone with a hormonal imbalance, but we also looked into why the person had a hormonal imbalance in the first place. And, I have to say, this is one of my favourite aspects of the field of holistic nutrition and my time studying at CSNN.
Would you recommend The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition?
If it isn’t totally obvious after reading this post, I absolutely loved studying at CSNN. So, yes, absolutely I would recommend CSNN to anyone and everyone. It completely changed my life for the better, provided me with the outlook on food and nutrition I have always dreamed of having, and empowered me with all of the knowledge I could have ever hoped for in order for me to start my own business and live my dream career as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
Note: I wrote this post as a resource for you. The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition did not pay me or influence me to do so. Like everything else you read on this website, all opinions are honest and my own.