Gerson Practitioner Training Program

The Gerson Practitioner Training Program is a 2-3 year certification program designed to train qualified, licensed medical professionals in the theory, application and case management of the Gerson Therapy for people with chronic degenerative disease and cancer.

The Gerson Practitioner Training Program consists of multiple phases, starting with Module I hosted in San Diego by the Gerson Institute, and continuing on with Module II via distance learning in the participant’s home state/country.

Below is a description of the program’s requirements and structure.

Requirements for the Gerson Practitioner Training Program:

  • Must have the appropriate medical and clinical background in order to do proper medical case management. Many Gerson patients are very ill and have a variety of metabolic abnormalities that requires training in pathophysiology.
  • Astute medical diagnostic and clinical management skills, which includes interpreting blood work and correlating with clinical status.
  • A current license in the country in which you reside and your standard of practice guidelines must allow you to manage patients autonomously in an out-patient setting.
  • Continuous clinical practice for a minimum of three years.

Must hold one of the following credentials:

  • Medical Doctor (MD)
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
  • Naturopathic Doctor (ND) – Must have a 4-year degree from an accredited school that offers the basic sciences as well as the clinical/medical application. Cannot be an online degree.
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP) – United States only

Accredited Naturopathic Schools in US and Canada:


  • Bastyr University – Kenmore, WA or San Diego, CA
  • National College of Natural Medicine – Portland, OR
  • National University of Health Sciences – Lombard, IL
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine – Tempe, AZ
  • University of Bridgeport – College of Naturopathic Medicine – Bridgeport, CT


  • Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine – Toronto, ON
  • Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine – New Westminster, B

Gerson Practitioner Training: Module I

Module I is an annual, six-day in-person event with approximately 42 hours of instruction taught by a team of Gerson Therapy professionals, including Gerson Institute staff and certified Gerson practitioners in San Diego, California.  Main topics covered include:

      • Physiological basis of the therapy
      • Salt and water management: High potassium/low sodium diet to reverse tissue damage syndrome, increasing oxidative metabolism
      • Cellular detoxification: Far-reaching detoxification of the whole body is a major element of the treatment.
      • Healing inflammation: activates the digestion of cancer masses and cells with subsequent absorption and elimination.
      • Restoration: The therapy must be continued until all cancer is destroyed and all metabolic functions return to optimal levels allowing for the recovery of the essential organs, especially the liver.
      • Demonstrations of food preparation, juicing, and coffee enema technique
      • Home set-up
      • A complete set of Gerson Therapy instructional materials


August 4 – 9, 2019

2020 Dates To Be Announced


San Diego, California, USA

To apply, complete the Gerson Practitioner Training Pre-Screen Form below

Gerson Practitioner Training: Module II

Module II is a supervised, online training program designed to provide training in Gerson Therapy client case management by shadowing the clinical instructor in real time as well as personally managing assigned client cases over the course of approximately 2-3 years. It is a blend of didactic instruction and direct observation with critique in a small-group setting. Clinical Instructors assess each practitioner in relation to meeting expected competency skills in managing Gerson clients. During the 2-3 years of Module II, all patients are seen as out patients in your office or via video conference.

Module II consists of:

      • Phase I: Introduces web-based consulting (approx. 12 weeks). Must have high speed internet.

Business Tracks—Running a virtual office
Clinical Tracks – Advanced Lab analysis and Interpretation, Ozone therapy

      • Phase II: Clinical rounds via video conferencing and Clinical Competency Exam 1 (approximately two – three years)
      • Phase III: Continued clinical rounds via video conference, Clinical Competency Exam 2 (includes case presentation) and Certification Exam (during third year)

Required Reading:

We require that you read the following material to ensure that you have a good understanding of the Gerson Therapy and are in alignment with its principles. Please read the following before submitting your application:

Suggested reading:

      • Healing the Gerson Way by Charlotte Gerson
      • “Gems and Pearls of Wisdom” by Dr. Kayla Smith (excerpt from Gerson Newsletter article, pages 10-11)


If you believe you fit the required medical/clinical criteria but do not see your designation or school listed, please complete the form above and upload a copy of your transcript for eligibility review.

Contact Director of Academics & Research Kayla Szampruch at [email protected] with questions regarding the Gerson Institute’s Practitioner Training program and program eligibility.

Those that are not eligible for this program are welcome to expand their Gerson knowledge by learning the practical aspects of Gerson Therapy through our Gerson Basics Online course and Gerson Kitchen Online Series.

Many applicants indicate their reason for entering the Practitioner Training Program is to open a Gerson Clinic (in-patient treatment facility). It is important to know that we cannot start the process of consideration for opening a Licensed Gerson Clinic until successful completion of the entire Practitioner Training Program (Module I and Module II) resulting in certification.

This page was originally published March 11, 2016. Edits have been made to update its contents.


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