Basic Level Certification – CFMC or CFMHC

The Kharrazian Institute offers two levels of certification in functional medicine. The designation Certified Functional Medicine Clinician (CFMC)™ or Certified Functional Medicine Health Consultant (CFMHC)™ requires the completion of 6 courses totaling 68 hours of education. These courses include Essentials of Functional Medicine (8 hours), Gastrointestinal Clinical Strategies and Treatment Applications (12 hours), Autoimmunity Clinical Strategies and Treatment Applications (12 hours), Diabetes and Dysglycemia Clinical Strategies and Treatment Applications (12 hours), Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Clinical Strategies and Treatment Applications (12 hours), and Chronic Fatigue and Pain Syndromes Clinical Strategies and Treatment Applications (12 hours).

Healthcare practitioners with a license to diagnose and treat patients are eligible for certification as a Certified Functional Medicine Clinician™ and can use the designation CFMC™ after completion of the courses.

Allied healthcare professionals who are not licensed to diagnose but provide dietary and nutritional guidance are eligible for certification as Certified Functional Medicine Health Consultant™ and can use the designation CFMHC™ after they complete the courses. You must be at a minimum a certified nutritionist for certification.

The Kharrazian Institute coursework for CFMC™ and CFMHC™ certification is identical. The designation is based on the individuals permitted scope of practice. Certification at the Kharrazian institute does not grant any additional legal or scope of practice status.

Clinical Mastery Program – Advanced Level Certification – AFMC and AFMHC

The Kharrazian Institute offers advanced level certification in functional medicine that requires completion of 300 hours of graduate education.  This is the highest level of education in the field of functional medicine.

The 300 hours of graduate clinical education is divided between 200-hours of graduate courses (19 courses) presented at the Kharrazian Institute and 100-hours of clinical grand rounds education that is presented in the Clinical Mastership Training Program at the Kharrazian Institute.  Members may be simultaneously enrolled in both the Kharrazian Institute courses and the Clinical Mastership Training Program. The KI Courses and Clinical Mastership Training Program are separate programs and require separate registrations.

Healthcare practitioners with a license to diagnose and treat patients are eligible for certification as an Advanced Functional Medicine Clinician™ and can use the designation AFMC™.

 

Allied healthcare professionals who complete the 300-hour coursework and who are not licensed to diagnose but provide dietary and nutritional guidance are eligible for certification as Advanced Functional Medicine Health Consultant™ and can use the designation AFMHC™. You must be at a minimum a certified nutritionist for the certification.

 

The Kharrazian Institute coursework for AFMC™ and AFMHC™ certification is identical. The designation is based on the individuals permitted scope of practice. Certification at the Kharrazian institute does not grant any additional legal or scope of practice status.

Purpose of Certification

The purpose of certification is to allow the public and healthcare professionals to identify those who have completed advanced specialty training in the field of functional medicine. Functional medicine has emerged as a separate and distinguishable specialty that is characterized by a distinct body of knowledge and a scope of practice that is based on an infrastructure of scientific research and education.

Competence in the practice of functional medicine requires advanced training in interventional techniques, experience, and knowledge. Certification as a functional medicine clinician (CFMC/AFMC) or a functional medicine health consultant (CFMHC/AFMHC) has been designed to help recognize the individuals’ knowledge and education and skill in this field, however certification cannot and is not intended to serve as a guarantee of competence.

Eligibility Requirements for Certified Functional Medicine Clinician (CFMC) and Advanced Functional Medicine Clinician (AFMC)

Who it’s for: Licensed healthcare professional (MD, DC, DO, PT, ND, LAc, NP, RD, PA, etc.) permitted to conduct physical examination, diagnose, and provide treatment relative to their individual scope of practice.

Each applicant must hold a license issued by (a) one of the states of the United States of America or (b) its equivalent in the applicant’s country, state, province, parish, county, or other governmental unit within the applicant’s country.

Eligibility Requirements for Certified Functional Medicine Health Consultant (CFMHC) and Advanced Functional Medicine Health Consultant (AFMHC)

Who it’s for: Allied healthcare professionals who are not licensed to diagnose but provide dietary and nutritional guidance are eligible for certification after they complete the required KI courses for either CFMHC™ or AFMHC™. You must be at a minimum a certified nutritionist for the CFMHC™ or AFMHC™ certification.