ADAPT Practitioner Training Program Eligibility

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This guide to ADAPT Practitioner Training Program eligibility walks you through the program eligibility criteria, provides a link to the eligibility survey, explains what the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program prepares students to do, and provides information on certification.

Who is the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program designed for?

The ADAPT Practitioner Training Program 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.)

Who else is eligible?

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” are an important part of the future of medicine and can provide a much needed additional layer of support to patients. Many of these allied professionals are covered among the licenses listed above, but I’ve also opened the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program to qualified health coaches and nutrition consultants who either work under the direct supervision of a licensed medical provider, or who have training in the life/medical sciences and an active private practice.

Non-licensed allied health professionals are eligible to enroll in the course to build a Functional Medicine knowledge base that supports this multidisciplinary approach and collaborative care model, but because they are not licensed practitioners, they are not eligible to be listed in the ADAPT practitioner directory or use the ADAPT practitioner badge in marketing materials.

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 the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program:

  • Health professionals and allied providers who do not meet the eligibility criteria (due to a lack of experience, supervision, and/or education)
  • 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 the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program?

If you have one of the following active professional licenses OR you are currently enrolled in one of these licensing programs and have completed at least some undergraduate course work in the medical sciences, then you are qualified for the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program:

  • MD
  • DO
  • ND
  • CNS
  • DC
  • DDS
  • DPM
  • LAc
  • NP
  • OT
  • PA
  • PharmD
  • PT
  • RN
  • RPh
  • RD

There are several other ways to be eligible for the course.  If you do not meet the criteria above, but you still think you might be eligible, please take the eligibility survey.

How can I become eligible if I did not qualify?

If you took the eligibility survey for the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program but did not qualify, here are two different “tracks” that you can take to become eligible:

  • Obtain one of the listed professional medical licenses (MD, DO, ND, CNS, LAc, DC, DDS, DMP, NP, OT, PA, PharmD, PT, RN, RPh, or RD) or enroll in one of those licensing programs and have at least undergraduate coursework in the medical sciences. 
  • Become a certified health coach from an NBHWC-approved program, NTA, or FDN, and either:
    1) obtain a position in a clinic working with licensed clinicians, or
    2) establish a private practice and work closely with licensed clinicians on a referral or consulting basis.

If you feel that your ineligibility might be an error, or you have special circumstances (outside of the eligibility criteria that we’ve established) that would qualify you for this training, please schedule a call with one of our enrollment advisors.

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 the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program 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 the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program, but the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program 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 Practitioner Training Program 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 Practitioner Training Program 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 Practitioner Training Program course.

Qualified allied providers will gain an understanding of how the lab tests and treatment protocols I teach in the ADAPT Practitioner Training Program 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 Practitioner Training Program 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 licensed 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.