I am delighted that I enrolled on the course; it’s not like when I studied biology at school. The lectures are so clear and simple to follow. It’s much more interesting and now I know why I am studying.

I find the course in general very relaxed. If we have any problems or questions we can approach the lecturer. The class is great and there is a lovely atmosphere, everyone’s very supportive and we all have a similar interest. Some of the material is quite complex but there is a lot of overlap and repetition in the lectures. Everything that is new in the beginning especially the medical terminology soon becomes familiar.

Working and studying is hard but it’s so interesting and different to what I do all day that it’s a nice break at the end of the day. You get through every month and do well so that gives you the incentive to keep going. The colouring workbooks are quite time consuming. I do see the benefit of them because like it or not, all the pictures of the valves and tubes and things are going in and being imprinted on your mind.

I look forward to the lectures so much and I come out feeling that I have learnt so much. I love it. I have always been interested in Nutrition and lifestyle. I am delighted I am going to be able to do something with it. I think it’s a really exciting course with huge potential. Medical Science (Nutrition Year 1) Student - Galway.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the entry requirements?

A. The entry requirements vary for each course. Each application will be considered individually to take lifetime learning into account and to ensure that ICIM is providing equal opportunity to everyone.

Q. What is the legislation for practitioners of nutritional therapy?

A. Nutritional Therapy is currently a self-regulatory profession. The professional body in Ireland is NTOI - Nutritional Therapists of Ireland. NTOI is independent of all the nutritional therapy education providers and they set the standards for the profession overall and also for the training and continuous professional development of practitioners. In the UK the professional body is the British Association of Nutritional Therapists BANT. This body are applying for statutory regulation of the profession of nutritional therapy in October 2009. Ireland will likely follow suit in the years to come.

Q. Who performs accreditation?

A. The regulatory body specific to the modality. Please contact the Administration Office for information on the relevant regulatory body.

Q. Will I be able to practice?

A. Yes. As a graduate of an ICIM diploma course you will have successfully completed an accredited course. You will be able to join the relevant association. It is through the association that you will get the insurance required to practice.

Q. Where and when are the courses held?

A. ICIM have training centres in Dublin, Galway and Cork. Please apply to the Institute for details on course availability and start dates. We have courses starting throughout the year and due to our semester system you can start the foundation course in medical science at various points in the year.

Q. What is the enrolment fee?

A. The enrolment fee is a single non-refundable deposit, paid to secure a place on a specific course. It is a part of the course fees.

Q. Can I do more than one course at a time?

A. You can as long as both you and your course advisor consider it possible. It is usually much better to learn one subject well and then learn another one well, than it is to try and learn several subjects at once.

Q. Are there any grants available?

A. There may be some assistance from FAS or other social welfare services for those already in receipt of benefits. ICIM do have a monthly payment plan to make the longer courses more accessible.

Q. Do I need to buy books?

A. You will usually have to buy a book or a number of books, depending on the course. These will continue to be useful reference books.

Q. What happens if I have to stop the course part way through?

A. If you have to stop a course part way through, the Institute will hold your place open for up to three years at the discretion of the Institute Director. You are obliged to continue payments for the course year started. For foundation year students we charge for the semester started. ICIM can no longer guarantee an immediate place, you may have to wait for a place to become available.

Q. What are the career opportunities?

A. There is an ever increasing demand and need for effective Naturopaths and Nutritional Therapists in today’s society. As a graduate of an ICIM Diploma course you will be well placed for jobs within the healthcare, health & beauty and sports & leisure industries. For those who wish to set up in private practice, ICIM will support you with all the advice and guidelines required in launching your practice.

Q. What is a Nutritional Therapist and is it different to a Dietician?

A. For a concise definition of a Nutritional Therapist follow this link "The Definition of a Nutritional Therapist". To then understand the difference between a Nutritional Therapist and a Dietician follow this link for "The Definition of a Dietician".

Q. What is a naturopath?

A. A naturopath is a health practitioner who uses natural means to promote and assist the body’s own healing ability. They would have at least one area of specialisation, be it in homeopathy, herbal medicine or acupuncture. They would have to be qualified in naturopathic nutrition and have one other natural healing practice or therapy.

Careers in Nutritional Therapy

  • Education
  • Supplement companies
  • Product development
  • Journalism
  • Private Practice
  • Health Service
  • Sport & Leisure Industry
  • Health & Beauty Industry