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OWNS LOOKING TO HELP MEMBERS EXPAND THEIR SKILLS

In an effort to help association members offer more valuable services to their patients, OWNS has entered into a collaboration that will make classes available to members at a discounted rate. This package of courses can be taken by OWNS members and applied to the coursework requirements* needed to sit for the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) examination.

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INFORMATION ABOUT CNS
What is a CNS and Why is it important?
Certified Nutrition Specialists are advanced nutrition professionals who utilize the science of nutrition to address health and disease. The CNS certification is held by clinical nutritionists, physicians and other advanced-degree health care professionals with a specialty in nutrition. It is the only non-dietetics credential and examination widely used in state nutrition licensure laws.

How does becoming a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) benefit my patients?

A CNS certification enhances optometry practice by providing doctors with recognized credentials that identify their specialized knowledge of nutrition to their patients. This enables patients to select a doctor of optometry who can provide more comprehensive eye care, using nutrition therapeutically for the treatment and prevention of disease and the promotion of whole-person wellness.

How do you become a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS)?
The CNS credential, which is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), is attained through meeting a series of coursework requirements specified on the Board of Certified Nutrition Specialists (BCNS) website. These include education and supervised clinical experience requirements as well as passing the CNS examination.

  • 1,000 hours of supervised practice experience.
    This may be carried out in your own practice, utilizing an on- or off-site supervisor. Refer to the BCNS website for further information. 
  • Examination. A one-day examination is given at multiple locations across the United States.
    Application fee is $50. Examination fee is $300. Fees are not included in tuition and are paid to CNS directly by the candidate.
  • Ongoing Certification.
    CNS requires 75 continuing education credits every five years.

Where can I find more information about the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) program?

You can find more information online at nutritionspecialists.org.

COLLABORATING WITH UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN STATES

The collaboration, with University of Western States, which offers a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine (HNFM) program as well as a shorter certificate program, offers OWNS members set of courses at a discounted price. Learn more about the collaboration below.

COURSES THAT UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN STATES IS PROVIDING

Listed below are the courses from the HNFM program that comprise the program of study intended to help Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society (OWNS) members meet the academic requirements* of the Board of Certified Nutrition Specialists (BCNS). Included in this list are the number of quarter credits for each course, the terms when the courses are offered, and the number of credits that BCNS has agreed may be applied to the topic areas (biochemistry and nutrition).

  • MSN 6200 Nutritional Biochemistry – 2 quarter credits (offered Spring and Fall)
    • 2 quarter credits biochemistry
  • MSN 6101 Evidence-Based Nutrition – 3 quarter credits (offered Summer and Winter]
    • 1 quarter credit biochemistry
    • 2 quarter credits nutrition
  • MSN 6305 Whole Food Nutrition and Supplementation – 4 quarter credits (offered Summer and Winter)
    • 4 quarter credits nutrition
  • MSN 6204 Gastrointestinal Imbalances – 4 quarter credits (offered Spring and Fall)
    • 4 quarter credits nutrition
  • MSN 7215 Cardiovascular Disease and Metabolic Imbalances – 2 quarter credits (offered Summer and Winter)
    • 5 quarter credits biochemistry
    • 5 quarter credits nutrition
  • MSN 6300 Detoxification and Biotransformation Pathways and Imbalances – 3 quarter credits (offered Summer and Winter)
    • 1 quarter credit biochemistry
    • 2 quarter credits nutrition

Totals: 18 quarter credits (4.5 quarter credits biochemistry, 13.5 quarter credits nutrition).

*OWNS member is responsible for determining that the courses meet their needs and the current requirement of BCNS. For additional information on certification requirements, please contact CNS at nutritionspecialists.org.

Program Cost

18 quarter credits - six courses total - $412.25 per credit

Tuition, as determined annually by the UWS Board of Trustees, for the year that began on July 1, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2019 is $485 per credit. Members of OWNS receive a 15 percent discount, which lowers the cost to $412.25 per credit. At current tuition rates, the 18 credits would cost $7420.50.

UWS COURSEWORK FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How much does the program through OWNS/UWS cost?
18 quarter credits - six courses total - $412.25 per credit
Tuition, as determined annually by the UWS Board of Trustees, for the year that began on July 1, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2019 is $485 per credit. Members of OWNS receive a 15 percent discount, which lowers the cost to $412.25 per credit. At current tuition rates, the 18 credits would cost $7420.50.

What will my courses and time commitment look like?

University of Western States operates on the quarter system. For each of the four quarters in the year, the academic term has 10 weeks of coursework followed by a final exam week. Courses in the human nutrition and functional medicine program are flexibly scheduled and constructed so that the average student will spend three hours per credit per week on their studies. This includes all aspects of the course (assigned readings, listening to lectures, participating on the discussion forums, taking quizzes or exams, etc.)

How do I apply for the University of Western States program?

OWNS members do not need to go through the full admissions procedures for the master’s program but do need to submit a Graduate Non-Degree application as their first registration step. Fill out the Graduate Non-Degree application located at https://uws.force.com/Portal_Register.  Step-by-step instructions can be found here.

Once you complete the application, please contact the UWS office of admissions at 800-641-5641 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to verify your application has been received. Please identify yourself as a member of OWNS.

All applicants will be required to submit official or unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

UWS courses are offered on a quarterly basis and you are welcome to apply for the next starting point, which is normally, January, April, July and October.

How do I register for courses?

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. four weeks prior to the start of term to select from the course offerings for that quarter. Students can take the courses in any order they wish. Not all courses are offered every term.

Do the OWNS courses that I complete transfer to the UWS Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine (MS-HNFM) program?

Yes, all 18 credits do transfer, but at the regular credit hour cost. If you would like to continue the coursework and receive your master’s degree you must apply for the MS-HNFM program and repay the 15 percent OWNS discount.

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