IIN Review – I just joined and 10 things I wanted to know before enrolling

IIN Review – I just joined and 10 things I wanted to know before enrolling

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I want to tell you 10 things you should know before enrolling. I’m detail-oriented, and I felt a bit disappointed that I ended up finding a lot of information after I enrolled. Personally, I think schools want to hide some information and want you to reach out to them by email so that they can persuade you to join over tons of emails and some phone calls.

I have confidence that this article will help you collect more information before enrolling at Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

This post may contain affiliate links. I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post.

Why did I enroll IIN?

Before jumping into “10 things I wanted to know before enrolling IIN”, I want to share why I started a one-year program at Institute for Integrative Nutrition with you briefly.

I suffered from a binge eating disorder from the ages of 18-21, and after I overcame my ED, I decided not to track every food and calorie I consumed. Since then, I’ve been trying to eat mindfully and intuitively.

Me in 2018 and 2019

One day, my stomach felt really gassy, and I assumed I was eating too much meat. So I wanted to learn more about what kind of diet would fit me, and I came across a book called Food and Healing written by Annemarie Colbin. This book talks about holistic health and nutrition, and I was truly mind-blown by this new perspective.

Because I liked the holistic approach to nutrition so much, I searched for a school where I can learn holistic health and nutrition online, and Institute for Integrative Nutrition came up. I was financially prepared after one year, and I decided to enroll in Institute for Integrative Nutrition because this school teaches nutrition in depth based on a holistic approach.

When I enrolled, I was also determined I wanted to make a living from blogging, and my biggest passion was food. I wanted to get a certificate as a health coach to deepen my knowledge for my blog so that my readers will trust me.

Overall, I wanted to learn more about nutrition based on a holistic approach, and apply to my professional career.

1. Can I become a certified health coach after graduating from Institute for Integrative Nutrition?

The answer is No. You will receive a certificate of health coach but you will have to take additional 6-week program to sit for an exam to be a certified health coach. There are actually so many certificates for a health coach because a health coach is not a regulated career in the US and most western countries.

IIN’s website says

Your certificate will demonstrate the successful completion of a rigorous program that’s licensed by the New York State Department of Education and approved by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC)


It is important to receive your certification from a credentialed organization as a health coach. And NBHWC is considered to be the highest-level professional credential for a health coach (Click here for more information).

So keep in mind if you want to be a certified health coach, you will have to sit for an additional program after finishing one year course at Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

There are other programs approved by NBHWC and also allow you to sit for an exam after completing one year course or less. If you are interested, you can take a look at the lists of schools on this link. Programs provided by private sector organizations often have online and less than one year courses to be a certified health coach.

2. How much effort should I put in for a one-year program?

There are a one-year programs and half-year programs. I enrolled in a one-year program, and it is recommended to study 5-10 hours a week.

I read several bloggers’ reviews before enrolling, and Andi from anndinae.com says she put in 3-4 hours of work per week (Here is her review of this course).

It really depends on how much knowledge you want to gain while you participate in this course. Besides the modules that come up every Monday, they have useful resources you can dig in deeper. If you want to have a successful year at Institute for Integrative Nutrition, it’s better to schedule your study time. I’m planning to study for one and a half hours every morning on weekdays. I’m not gonna lie, it’s not a cheap investment, so I want to get everything I can out of this course!

3.How do I get to connect with classmates if it’s all online?

I have done an online programming course, and it was like a tailor-made course for me, so I didn’t really focus on networking. But things are different this time. I want to get to know other people to deepen my knowledge during the course and expand my network.

Don’t worry. There are 4 different ways to connect with other students and graduates.

1.Coaching circles

It’s a coaching session led by graduates, and you get to practice your coaching techniques, business skills and share any concerns. You will make a small group with your peers and one graduate. There are 6 coaching circle sessions, and you can pick a schedule for each session. You have to participate in 4 sessions to graduate, but it’s recommended to participate in them all!

I was concerned about fitting in the coaching session time because most of the students are from North America and South America. After joining the Facebook group, I found out there are people based in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, which fits my time zone! People are joining from Europe as well, so I’m sure you can find someone to form a group.

I had a phone call session before enrolling in this course, and I was concerned about finding others to make a group with. If you want to ask more questions, you can always contact Institute for Integrative Nutrition through this email. admissions@integrativenutrition.com

2.Facebook Group

IIN makes a Facebook Group for students who start on the same date. In this Facebook Group, you get to connect with classmates from all over the world or in the same time zone. You can find your study buddy on this Facebook Group, and you will be able to join discussions in each class.

This Facebook group can be a great chance to get to know people who participate in the course (there are set starting dates of this course throughout the year and the Facebook Group is divided into each starting date).

In order to keep motivated and stay on track, IIN encourages us to find a study buddy with people in the same region from Facebook. Here are 3 tips for connecting with people.

  • The administrator of the Facebook group makes a post for each region and people comment there to share their location. A lot of people don’t use Facebook actively so you may want to leave a comment on the feed that says “I sent you a friend request”. Send a personal message and also a friend request, then wait for the response for a couple of days.
  • I joined an Aussie’s WhatsApp group. If you find any smaller group it’s a good idea to join. There were 700 people in the Facebook group and it is hard to find and follow some information.
  • You can make your own smaller group using WhatsApp for example. I found it harder to connect with people than I thought, so you may want to make some effort here!

If you are wondering when the next starting date is, you can talk to the administrative staff through this email. admissions@integrativenutrition.com

3.Virtual celebrations

There are two virtual celebrations throughout the course; at the beginning and the end. Virtual celebrations occur in the beginning and you get to talk to your fellow classmates and Institute for Integrative Nutrition staff.

Every event at IIN is held based on EST, so if you are out of this time zone, it may be difficult to participate live. If you can’t join the live virtual celebrations, a recorded video will be sent to you. I know I won’t be able to join some live events so I’m a bit disappointed.

4. Annual conference

There is an annual conference for current students once a year, and you can choose to participate in person in NY city or virtually.

4. How can I ask questions to my teachers?

There are two ways for you to ask questions or discuss with other students.

1. On an online system or Facebook group

There is an online system called Learning center where you can access your materials and syllabus. In each module, you get to discuss with your peers in the learning center or on the Facebook Group.

2. Pre-course webinars

Before each module starts, there are pre-course webinars at 2 pm Eastern Time. In this webinar session, you can ask questions about what you’ve reviewed, and you will receive tips for the modules. If you can’t attend the live webinar because of the time difference, you can watch the recorded one. I will move to Vancouver this summer so I’m excited to be able to participate in those live events!

5. What will I learn throughout the course?

There are 4 main pillars at IIN; nutrition and health, primary food, coaching skills, and business skills.

You will spend a lot of time learning about nutrition and health and primary food alongside business and coaching skills.

Health and Nutrition covers a wide range of things including gut microbiome, natural healing methods, whole foods, and understanding the stress. There are so many more things you will learn and if you are interested, you can click here to download the overview of the curriculum.

You may wonder what primary food means. I didn’t know the concept until I started this program too! It basically means your overall health consists of physical and mental health. I’m super excited to learn more about primary food because I always thought what I need to be healthy is to eat better food.

I think this concept is interesting because if you eat grass-fed meat and a bunch of organic food but your work is super stressful, you won’t feel well and happy.

I will keep updating with what I learn throughout this one year program, so please keep checking my blog from time to time if you are interested in IIN 🙂

6. What are the graduate requirements?

1.Pass 2 (of 4) online tests.

  • 4 tests throughout the year (once every three months)
  • Multiple-choice and true-false questions
  • You have 2 chances for each test and a higher score will be counted.
  • You will have 2 hours and 70% or higher is required
  • You have 2 weeks to complete the test

2. Attend 4 (of 6) practice sessions with classmates and graduates

  • There are 6 practice sessions with classmates and graduates
  • There are set schedule you can choose and you can’t reschedule it if you miss
  • Each session takes 90 mins

3. Submit at least 6 practice sessions with clients

-You have to have at least 6 health coaching practice sessions with clients. Your clients can be your peers, family members, and friends.

4. Pay tuition fees

-If you paid at once. There is nothing to worry about. But if you divided the payment method, you should keep up-to-date with the payment.

7. How does this course work for international students?

1.Will IIN require any English proficiency?

I am Japanese, and I’m based in Tokyo right now. I know many schools require proof of English proficiency, so I asked the administration staff before enrolling and Institute for Integrative Nutrition doesn’t require any proof of your English ability.
Institute for Integrative Nutrition has a support system for Spanish-speaking students, so you may want to check if you are interested in IIN.

  • Spanish speaking admissions staff
  • Spanish subtitle in all the video materials
  • Discussions and activities
  • Live coaching circles (practice coaching sessions)
  • Exams and study-guides

For further Spanish support for this course, click here to find more information.

2. Is the tuition fee different for international students?


8. Are there tests and assignments?

Yes. There are 6 online tests throughout the course and you will have assignments for each module. There are 40 modules, and it’s not MANDATORY but you may want to finish it to enhance your knowledge!

9. Is there anything I should prepare after I enroll?

The answer is YES. Maybe this is the part I wanted to know and want to share with you the most. After you enroll, you can access the online learning tool, and there is orientation guidance and 3 fundamental classes you should go through. It will take 6-7 days to complete if you put in one and a half hours of work every day.

I have been studying something else in the morning for the past three months so I wanted some rest before starting this course. So I thought having 2 weeks prior would give me enough time. However, it doesn’t seem like those materials will give me enough rest!

If you used to devote your 1-2 hours a day to do something else and are now trying to use the time for Institute for Integrative Nutrition, maybe it’s a good idea to enroll in the course 1 month before the starting date to have enough time to prepare and rest your mind.

However, for those who are trying to create time for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, enrolling 2 weeks before the starting date will be a good idea to make the habit of setting time for study.

If you have a question about the starting date, you can email IIN’s administrative staff. admissions@integrativenutrition.com

10. How much does it cost?

I’m sure you will have a lot of things to consider before enrolling in this course because I did too. I can’t tell you the exact price for the course on this blog post since I’m in their affiliate program, but I can give you more information including a huge discount on this course, and connect you with administrative staff if you can contact me!

Or you can simply email here (admissions@integrativenutrition.com) to talk to the administrative staff directly! If you want a huge discount, you can simply mention my name (Haruka Kato) 🙂

Links of websites that were useful for me to consider IIN

The 8 Best Health Coach Certification Programs of 2021 (verywell fit)

Lists of schools approved by NBHWC


I graduated from IIN but I am no longer a Health Coach. Here’s my honest opinion of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (thehealthyva.com)


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