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ADAPT Practitioner Training Program Eligibility

Who is the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program designed for?

ADAPT PTP is primarily oriented toward licensed clinicians—such as medical doctors, nurse practitioners, naturopaths, chiropractors, and acupuncturists—who have the ability to order the lab tests and prescribe the treatments that I teach in the course. (For a comprehensive list of these labs, along with which practitioners are eligible to order them and what countries they can be ordered from, see this page.)

However, I strongly believe in a multidisciplinary approach to patient care that includes a variety of practitioners: not only clinicians that can work independently, but also allied providers that work as part of a healthcare team, including licensed professionals like registered nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, and certified nutritionists and health coaches.

As I explain in this blog post, I believe these “allied professionals”—practitioners who work as part of a healthcare team—are an important part of the future of medicine and can provide a much needed additional layer of support to patients. This is why I’ve opened ADAPT to qualified coaches or nutritionists who work in a collaborative setting with licensed clinicians, have graduate-level training in the medical sciences, or have private-practice experience working with clients.

Who is ADAPT not for?

The ADAPT Practitioner Training Program is a professional level course for clinicians and qualified allied providers who wish to incorporate a functional and ancestral approach into their practice.  

The following groups are not eligible for ADAPT PTP:

  • Health professionals who are not already licensed allied providers or certified health coaches or nutritionists
  • Allied providers who do not meet the eligibility criteria (because they lack the combination of experience/education reflected in the criteria)
  • Consumers without pre-existing training who are seeking to start a career in Functional Medicine or ancestral health

How do I know whether I am eligible for ADAPT PTP?

ADAPT PTP is designed for clinicians and allied providers such as registered nurses, dietitians, certified nutritionists, and certified health coaches who meet certain eligibility criteria.

If you have one of the following professional licenses or are currently enrolled in one of these licensing programs, you are almost certainly qualified for ADAPT PTP:

  • MD/DO
  • ND
  • LAc
  • DC
  • NP
  • PA
  • DPM
  • DDS
  • RN
  • RPh
  • OT
  • PT

If you do not have one of the licenses listed above, please take the eligibility survey to determine whether you are eligible.

Most licensed medical professionals, dietitians, and nutritionists (RD, CNS) and certified health coaches (NTA, ITN, IIN, HCI, FDN, Bauman) will qualify if they either:

1) work in a collaborative setting with licensed clinicians,
2) have graduate-level training in the medical sciences, or
3) have an established private practice

How can I become eligible if I did not qualify?

If you took the eligibility survey for ADAPT PTP but did not qualify, there are two different “tracks” that you can take:

  • Obtain one of the following professional medical licenses, or enroll in one of these licensing programs: MD, DO, ND, LAc, DC, DDS, NP, PA, DPM, RN, RPh, OT, or PT
  • Become a nutritionist or dietitian (RD, CNS) or a certified health coach (NTA, ITN, IIN, HCI, FDN, Bauman) and either:
    1) obtain a position in a clinic working with licensed clinicians
    2) take graduate-level classes in the medical sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, etc.), or
    3) gain experience working with clients in private practice

Kresser Institute now offers a Health Coach Training Program as well, which you may qualify for. Take the HCTP Eligibility Quiz here to learn more.

What does ADAPT PTP prepare me to do?

The ADAPT Practitioner Training Program provides foundational training in functional medicine, ancestral nutrition and lifestyle, and practice management.

Functional medicine and an ancestral/evolutionary perspective are approaches to healthcare, rather than separate professions. This means that practitioners from many different disciplines and backgrounds may take ADAPT PTP, and ADAPT PTP does not qualify or license practitioners to do anything that they cannot already legally do prior to entering the training. All graduates of the ADAPT PTP program are expected to practice according to the dictates of their scope of practice as defined by the regulatory body they are subject to.

We describe this clearly in the Terms of Service that everyone must sign when they register for the ADAPT PTP course. The following are excerpts from that agreement:

  • “The ADAPT Practitioner Training Program is not intended as a substitute for, or in lieu of, other health and wellness training, certification, accreditation and/or licensing.”
  • “Participation in the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program is not a substitute for any licensing requirements that may be applicable to you and does not independently authorize you to render care, prescribe regimens or prescribe medications or supplements.”
  • “Your activities in the health and wellness field remain subject to your education, qualifications, and licensure.”

Licensed clinicians who are able to order labs, make diagnoses and prescribe treatment will be able to do so using the specific functional medicine labs and protocols I teach in the ADAPT PTP course.

Qualified allied providers will gain an understanding of how the lab tests and treatment protocols I teach in ADAPT PTP are used by clinicians and will be able to make nutrition, behavior, and lifestyle recommendations according to the scope of their practice; however, the ADAPT PTP training does not enable allied providers to order labs or prescribe treatment if they are not already qualified to do so.  

Does Kresser Institute offer certification for the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program?

Kresser Institute does not currently offer certification for the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program.

However, it is our intention to eventually offer a certification track at Kresser Institute. Any future certification options will be created with deliberate attention to license status and scope of practice, and with the intention to preserve the integrity of the ADAPT program and the quality and reputation of functional medicine.

The most likely scenario is that Kresser Institute will follow an approach similar to Institute for Functional Medicine, where qualified allied providers can take the courses, but certification is only open to clinicians and licensed allied providers.

In the meantime, all graduates of the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program who complete the course requirements will be listed in the Kresser Institute Provider Directory, with their credentials and qualifications clearly visible.

As additional ADAPT training and certification options become available, the Provider Directory will be updated to reflect the various levels of training and licensure that each Kresser Institute practitioner has obtained. This will make it easier for patients searching the directory to make informed choices about their care.