Clinical Nutrition Education Curriculum


In order to have a complete understanding of different aspects of alternative or holistic medicine and in order to practice the leading & cutting edge of clinical nutrition.

Dr. Hardy after receiving his credentials in chiropractic, acupuncture and chinese medicine, he continued to pursue his education to receive 2 additional credentials in clinical nutrition and functional medicine.

These degrees are:
1) Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN)
2) Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition (DACBN)

Both courses are rigorous to complete but well worth the time and effort to learn the information to correctly offer clinical nutritional counseling.

Dr. Hardy recommends these courses to all health care professional's in order to practice nutrition and/or clinical nutrition at its best.

The DACBN program offered by the ACBN is a 320-hour weekend program which runs at various sites around the country for 2 ½ years.

The DACBN requires 300 hours minimum of training.   


The credential is open to all types of physicians at this time (i.e. DC, ND, MD, DO)


The additional 20 hours necessary to sit for the DACBN examination can be obtained in one of two ways: 

Taking an additional elective course through UB (i.e. 560L, P or J)  
Attending 20-hours of a DACBN course.  
Attending 20-hours at any nutritional seminar that is co-sponsored by government approved college.  

Below is the (CCN) course curriculum, the DACBN course is similar but varies in content and information.

Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) Education Curriculum

Optimal Human Nutrition

Biochemistry of Essential Vitamins

Biochemistry of Essential Minerals

Biochemistry of Essential Trace Minerals

Biochemistry of Essential Amino Acids and

Accessory Nutrients

Optimal Human Nutrition

Environmental Health Issues

Drug Induced Nutritional Deficiencies


Cognition and Sensory Overload

Free Radicals & Antioxidants

Biochemistry of Fats and Oils

The Human Microflora

Cognitive Enhancing Drugs and Nutrients

Alternative Cancer Therapies

Women’s Health Conditions

Cardiovascular Disease


Allergies and Asthma


Health Assessment Questionnaires

Medical Symptom Questionnaires


Detoxification, Herbology and HomeopathicTherapy

Introduction to Human Toxicity

Bowel Terrain

Toxic Conditions, Allergies and Sensitivities

Established Need for Detoxification




Clinical Nutrition Counseling with Alternative Therapies


Laboratory Assessment

Rationale for Laboratory Assessment

Vitamins - the Working “Hands” of Enzymes

Minerals & Laboratory Testing

Amino Acids & Laboratory Testing

Fatty Acids & Laboratory Testing

Organic Acids & Laboratory Testing

Gastrointestinal Disorders & Laboratory Testing:

Digestion & Absorption

Microbial Flora

Gastric and Pancreatic Function

Intestinal Function & Permeability

Leaky Gut Syndrome


Bacterial & Protozoal Markers

Food Allergy & Test Results

Detoxification Testing

Urinary Markers

Hormones & Laboratory Testing

Aging and Oxidant Stress

Urinary Metabolic Markers

Case Reports and Case Outcomes

Home Study Training

Module I  -   Clinical Nutrition in Immunology

Module 2 -    Clinical Nutrition in Geriatrics

Module 3 -    Clinical Nutrition Applications For Women

Module 4 -    Clinical Nutrition for Hormonal Health

Module 5 -    Clinical Nutrition Applications in    Bacteriology & Virology

Module 6 -    Clinical Nutrition & Neurology


CCN Certification Examination

The  Candidate must successfully pass the examination administered by the
Clinical Nutrition Certification Board

Maintaining The Certification

The CCN Credential  requires on-going maintenance to verify that the practitioner is continuing to update knowledge and skills:

1. Forty approved Continuing Education  hours every 2 years

2. Attendance at (two out of every three)  IAACN Annual Scientific Symposium

3  Recertification exam every fifth year



CCN Certification

Clinical Nutrition Certification Board

DACBN Certification

American Clinical Board of Nutrition