Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have unlimited access to this course?
Absolutely! You can access this course however many times you want for however long you want! All Elite Nurse Practitioner Courses are pre-recorded and accessible indefinitely!
Will this course really teach me how to start a functional medicine practice?
YES! We go over each step you need to know to get started on the right foot. We cover everything pricing services, to LLC formation, to marketing, and everything in between! I am confident you will walk away with what you need to know!
Will you cover what I need to know to begin integrating functional medicine into my practice?
Absolutely! We cover the foundational concepts of functional medicine in this course. You will walk away from this course a more knowledgeable and competent provider, especially when it comes to functional medicine. Functional medicine is always evolving, therefore so should your education, but I am confident that this course will provide you the foundation to springboard your clinical practice from. The education presented in this course should provide you the knowledge necessary to evaluate and treat 80-90% of what you will see in practice.
How long does it take to start a functional medicine practice?
If you are starting a cash-based practice, then you can have a practice up and running within 4-6 weeks. If you are going to accept insurance though, then the credentialing process will take 3-6 months. So, it is best to get started IMMEDIATELY if you are going to take insurance.
Do I need to have a special degree or certification to start my own practice or to begin providing functional medicine services?
Outside of your nurse practitioner degree, NO! Do not be fooled into thinking you NEED a special degree or certification to provide functional medicine into your practice. Regardless, our course provides you official CEU and a certification after you complete it. This is mostly to show that you completed training in functional medicine and might be required to show your malpractice carrier.
Will this course cover marketing?
Yes! We will cover various marketing topics and techniques to help get patients through the door and increase your practices volume!
Do I need to have a physician collaborator?
Only if your state requires this! If you are in a restricted state, you can actually start a telemedicine functional medicine practice and see patients in full practice authority states which means you DON'T NEED a collaborator! The only thing you need is a license in that state! You could also provide functional medicine coaching, which does not require a license, but you do walk a fine line being a license nurse practitioner and providing coaching services. I discuss that in more depth in our Coaching/Consulting course.
I already own a practice; would this course benefit me?
Absolutely! The majority of this course focuses on the clinical components of functional medicine, therefore you should walk away from this course with actionable knowledge that you can integrate into practice immediately.
Would this course benefit me if I am planning on starting a practice in the next 1-2 years?
YES! The topics covered in this course will remain relevant plus you have indefinite access to the course!
Can you explain the Comprehensive Functional Medicine Course bundle more?
This course covers the functional foundations of hormone replacement therapy but does not go into the depth you need to begin prescribing hormone replacement therapy safely and effectively. Therefore, if you do not have training specific to men’s and/or women’s hormone replacement therapy and thyroid optimization, then we recommend you take advantage of the bundle we put together as our hormone replacement therapy courses cover those concepts in greater detail as it is an additional 12+ hours of education that we could not include in The Foundational Functional Medicine Course if we wanted to keep it affordable, plus many nurse practitioners already know how to provide hormone replacement therapy services, so we did not want too much overlap in education.
Will this offer CME?
YES! This course offers 26 CE hours, and 7 of those hours count as pharmacology hours. The Elite Nurse Practitioner is credentialed as an organization that can provide CEU through the ANCC. CEU awarded through The Elite Nurse Practitioner applies to ANCC, AANP, and all boards of nursing!
Will this course provide a certificate of completion?
Yes! A certificate is issued at the end of the course that will show the CEU hours and your completion of this course. You can use this to show that you have received certification in functional medicine training and also use it for CE reimbursement and to write off on your taxes!