Gerson Practitioner Training Program


The Gerson Practitioner Training Program is a certification program designed to train and certify medical professionals in the theory, application and case management of the Gerson Therapy. It is a continuous, virtual track that takes place over the course of two years, empowering medical professionals with clinical and practical skills, tools and knowledge to successfully manage cases with the Gerson Therapy.

To see if this is the right training program for you, you’ll need to:

  • Gain an understanding of what the program entails by reading the below description.
  • Determine if you meet the basic program requirements listed below.
  • Submit the pre-screen form.


Program Description

Annual Orientation – June 4-7, 2021

The Gerson Practitioner Training Program kicks off with a 4-day virtual orientation where participants receive approximately 28 hours of instruction taught by our team of Gerson faculty, staff and practitioners. Orientation lays the foundational concepts of the Gerson Therapy, basics of Gerson case management, and provides interactive group activities.

Topics covered during Orientation include:

  • Physiological Basis of the Gerson Therapy
  • Salt & Water Management: Potassium, Sodium & Tissue Damage
  • Cellular Detoxification
  • Gerson Therapy Case Analysis

Internship – Year 1

Following the Orientation event is Internship, the first segment of training that focuses on providing a thorough foundation of knowledge in the Gerson Therapy, as well as an introduction to the intricacies of practicing the Gerson Therapy. Internship courses span over 12 months, at which time a Clinical Competency Exam must be passed in order to advance to the next training segment: Residency.

Courses and topics covered during Internship include:

  • Gerson Therapy Theory I & II
  • Gerson Therapy Practicum I & II
  • Constructive Client Sessions & Coaching a Client
  • Telehealth & Virtual Practice Management

Residency – Year 2

Residency is the second segment of training and focuses on building confidence and applying expertise in the practice of Gerson Therapy case management. This is achieved through shadowing Clinical Instructors in real time, while personally managing assigned client cases over the span of approximately 12 months.

It is a blend of didactic instruction and direct observation with critique in grand rounds, where Residents must demonstrate clinical competency and case management skills built over the course of training.

Courses and topics covered during Residency include:

  • Shadowing a Certified Gerson Practitioner
  • Grand Rounds: Presenting Cases for Review & Collaborative Feedback
  • Consult Observations: Independent Client Management & Mentorship
  • Developing a Gerson Retreat, Clinic or Education Center for licensure


A final Clinical Competency Exam must be passed in order to be certified. Certified Gerson Practitioners receive a certificate of completion, exposure and referrals through the Gerson Institute, and qualify to apply for Gerson clinic licensure, among many other benefits.


The investment for this comprehensive 24-month certification track is $20,000.00 and covers all courses, exams and course materials during the 2 year track.

Scholarships and payment plans are available and require a deposit with enrollment (indicate your interest on the pre-screen form).

Program Requirements


  • Medical Doctor (MD)
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP) – United States Only
  • Naturopathic Doctor (ND)**

Clinical Experience:

  • Minimum of three years consecutive clinical practice
  • Medical and clinical background in order to conduct independent case management
  • Training in pathophysiology
  • Astute medical diagnostic and clinical management skills
  • Thorough experience interpreting lab work and correlating with clinical status


  • Current license in the country and/or state in which practice is conducted/located
  • Standard of practice guidelines must allow autonomous client management in an out-patient setting

How to Apply

Enrollment for the Gerson Practitioner Training program occurs annually and involves a 3-phase application process.

  • Phase I: Candidates must first pre-qualify by submitting the Pre-Screen Form below.
  • Phase II: Eligible candidates will then complete the formal application.
  • Phase III: Candidates must participate in an interview before an invitation to enroll in the program is extended.

Important Dates

March 15, 2021
Pre-Screen Form Deadline

April 15, 2021
Formal Application Deadline

April – May

Official Enrollment Invitation Sent

June 4 – 7, 2021
Virtual Orientation


**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.

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, BC



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