The course was written by, and is taught by, Joel Robbins, D.C., N.D., based on his 40 years in natural health practice, extensive post-graduate reading, courses, and seminars he has ingested.
The course incorporates online video lectures by Dr. Joel Robbins. His down to earth teaching method is not just informative, but practical for application by the graduate once in practice.
The course text, approximately 1,000 pages, authored by Dr. Robbins, from which the course is taught, must be comprehended by the student. Outside reading is assigned and book reports are then completed. Quizzes over the course material are administered throughout the course.
A choice of either a thesis or a project is also required by the student in order to qualify for the N.D. diploma granted by the College of Natural Health.
The recorded video lectures, text, and assignments (including reading assignments and quizzes) will be accessed online by the student.
LENGTH OF COURSE
The course is self-paced. On average, the course can be completed between 18 and 24 months.
All quizzes are open book, which are to be completed before the beginning of each lecture. At the beginning of each lecture, Dr. Robbins will go over the quiz answers. The student is required to follow along and make notes and/or corrections on his/her test as needed.
There are several assigned books for outside reading to be completed during the course. The cost of the books is not included in the tuition. The student must obtain these on their own.
Most of the required books can be downloaded onto Kindle or another such device. Those that cannot be downloaded can be obtained in hardcopy through Amazon or other such sites.
The required books are:
- Food is Your Best Medicine by Henry G. Bieler M.D.
- Confessions of a Medical Heretic by Robert S. Mendelsohn M.D.
- Fats the Heal Fats that Kill by Udo Erasmus
- The McDougall Plan by John A. McDougall
- Enzyme Nutrition by Dr. Edward Howell
- The Curse of Louis Pasteur by Nancy Appleton
- Mucusless Diet Healing System by Arnold Ehret
- Rational Fasting by Arnold Ehret
- Immunization: Theory vs. Reality by Neil Miller
- World Without Cancer by G. Edward Griffin
The book reports are completed by writing one or two sentences for each assigned chapter of the points that you personally found interesting or eye-opening.
The purpose of the outside reading is for more exposure to the health world and to round out the student’s knowledge base.
In order to fulfill all the academic requirements to complete the course, the student must complete and submit a Final Project. While a formal thesis is acceptable, it is discouraged; rather the Final Project should be such that it will be of value to the student and others in a practical way, long after you have completed your course work.
The Final Project is a self-designed project based on information the student has learned from the course. It must demonstrate that she/he has a grasp of the material presented in the course.
While the student’s project does not have to cover all the material in the course, it should be representative of the knowledge they have gained through their studies.
Some examples of acceptable projects:
- Handbook of menu outlines, explanations, and instruction of the diet
- Booklet explaining health and disease from the perspective of the course
- A PowerPoint/slide show-type presentation about health and nutrition complete with written script
- A series of tracts or booklets covering various topics relative to health and nutrition
- A thesis, composition, essay, paper, or dissertation
Your project must be original work, i.e., cannot be material copied from the text.
- While you can synthesize information from the course and outside sources, you must submit something original.
- If your project is of a thesis type, it must be a minimum of 80 pages (double spaced).
- All projects must contain a bibliography.
- The first step is to submit a written proposal of your planned project/thesis, consisting of the following:
- a statement of the purpose or objective of your project
- a description of the form it will take
- an outline of the project
- Your proposal will be returned to you with an approval to go ahead with it as is, or some suggestions. If suggestions are made, a revised proposal must be submitted for approval.
- The proposal for your project can be submitted for approval any time after you have completed during the course. As to when you complete your final project is up to you, i.e., it does not have to be submitted by the time you finish the course. You set your own timeline.
- Complete and submit the project. It will be graded and returned to you in a timely fashion.
Upon completion of all requirements, the graduate will be granted two diplomas:
- Counselor of Natural Health
- Doctor of Naturopathy (N.D.)