Gerson Practitioner Training Program

The Gerson Practitioner Training Program is a 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.
This program can take two or more years to complete and consists of multiple phases.

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.

You must hold one of the following credentials:

    • Medical Doctor (MD)
    • Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)
    • Naturopathic Doctor (ND1)
    • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
    • Other (If your profession was not listed and you feel you meet the medical/clinical criteria, you may submit documentation of your degree–including your transcripts–to be reviewed by our admissions committee)

1 Note for Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) – You 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.

2 Note for Nurse Practitioners (NPs) – are advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) who are educated and trained to provide health care management through the diagnosis and treatment of acute illness and chronic conditions and can practice autonomously. An NP/advanced practice registered nurse is a registered nurse who has acquired the knowledge base, decision-making and clinical competency skills for expanded practice beyond that of an RN.

3 Note for Li.Ac./OMDs – Acupuncturists need a four-year degree, including training in Western medicine and clinical skills with lab interpretations, and be licensed as a primary care physician. Transcripts will be requested.

***If you believe you fit the required criteria but do not see your designation listed, please contact [email protected] to speak about eligibility. You will be asked to send your transcript for evaluation.***

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

If you do not see your school listed: please send the name of the school and a copy of your transcript to [email protected]

If you are not eligible: You can learn more about the practical aspects of Gerson Therapy by taking our Gerson Basics Online, CLICK HERE

When you apply and are accepted to this training you are dedicating yourself to a 2-3 year program, which starts at the Gerson Institute in San Diego and continues on via distance learning in your home state/country. Below is a description of the three parts within the program.

Gerson Practitioner Training: Module I

Module I consists of six days 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 that will be 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


Gerson Practitioner Training: Interim Phase

This phase is three sessions long, which includes more in-depth training of subjects learned in Module I to better prepare you for the second phase, Module II. These classes will be held once a month for three months prior to starting Module II. Description of these classes will be provided after Module I is completed.

Gerson Practitioner Training: Module II

Module II is a supervised, online video conferencing 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. The instructor will 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: Video conferences introducing web-based consulting (4 weeks). Must have high speed internet.
        • Jurisprudence
        • Business Tracks—Running a virtual office
        • Clinical Tracks – Advanced Lab analysis and Interpretation, Ozone therapy
      • Phase II: Clinical rounds via video conferencing (approximately two years)
      • Phase III: A case presentation and certification exam (during the third year)

The manual for the Gerson Practitioner Training Program


Dates for this training will be available soon. Please add your name to the email list below to be contacted when these dates become available.


Gerson Institute – San Diego, CA.


Module I – $2,800* USD
Module II – Initial sign up fee – $2,680* USD
Includes: Matriculation fee, Administration fee, Database access, 4 Telehealth classes, 6 Clinical tracks
Module II – Continuing fees – $6,500* USD paid in installments over a 2-3 year period

*prices subject to change

Required reading prior to submitting application:

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:

  • Note:

    Many applicants indicate their reason for entering the Practitioner Training Program is to open a Gerson Clinic (an in-house treatment facility). It is important to know that only after successful completion of the entire Practitioner Training Program (Module I and Module II) resulting in certification that it becomes possible to start the process of consideration for opening a Licensed Gerson Clinic.

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