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From: Mark Rifkin (
Subject:         Re: considering enrolling in institute for intergrative nutrition
Date: March 26, 2007 at 6:15 pm PST

In Reply to: considering enrolling in institute for intergrative nutrition posted by aviva on March 16, 2007 at 11:26 am:

Hi Aviva,

Thanks for your question. Knowing that you haven't been in school for awhile, I would conclude you're older than 25. Thus, you'd rather get your new career started ASAP. I agree---there is no time to waste.

The RD program will make you eligible for state licensing (if your state has licensing) and give you instant credibility to a large portion of the market. The IIN certificate will look good to a very small portion of the market, and will not get you a state license. Therefore, if you intend to go for an RD eventually, I would do that instead. Depending on your prior degrees (if any), where you go and the individual options available, that can take anywhere from 2 - 5 years.

Without knowing the full detail of the IIN curriculum, I would guess whatever IIN content is not covered in an ADA-approved program can be self-taught (or you may already know it).

In short, I wouldn't waste your time on IIN. It won't give you credibility with the larger part of the market (vegetarian/holistic nutrition being just a small portion of the available potential), and it won't be adequate for state licensing.

Let me know what you decide. Also, read through my earlier posts on similar topics.
Hope that was helpful,
Mark Rifkin

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