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General course information

Are your courses all online?

Yes! All of our courses are exclusively online in video format.

Will I receive any hard copies?

No, all of our courses are exclusively hosted online in video format.  All of the notes and handouts, however, are available to print at any time.

Can I download the videos?

Unfortunately in order to protect the intellectual property of each course, the videos are not available to download for offline use. However, you can access our website on any smart device and take it with you on the go.

Is your website mobile friendly?

Yes. Everything is optimized for mobile use. Take your course with you on the go!

How long do I have access?

There are no time limits or restrictions on our courses, once you purchase your course, you will have access to it forever!  This also includes any course updates.

What if I have any questions during the course? Can I email the instructor?

We will provide you with a general email to send any questions that you may have while going through the course.  There may be a delay in the response as the instructors are all actively in practice.

What if there are any updates made to the course?

As a student, you will continue to receive updates as they are made to the course with no additional additional charge after your initial purchase.

Do you offer CEUs?

We currently offer CEUs for Functional Nutrition Therapy (FNT), Functional Herbal Therapy (FHT), and Functional Herbal Therapy and Cancer (FHTAC) through NCCAOM and NANP. We are also approved by the California Acupuncture State Board for continuing education.

Do I get a certification?

At the end of Functional Nutrition Therapy, Functional Herbal Therapy, and Functional Herbal Therapy and Cancer, after all of the quizzes, worksheets, and final exams are completed, you will receive a certificate from Society of Wellness Nutritional Systems.

Does this course allow me to practice nutrition and herbal therapy in my state?

Please refer to your unique state laws as to how you may utilize and implement the information learned in these courses. It is important to remember that any or all of these courses do not provide you the medical expertise to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. A great resource website for general information on State Regulation of Nutrition Practice is: The US map on this page provided is particularly helpful.

Can I see a sample video?

Yes! We offer a sample video from each of our core programs here. If you would like to see a sample of any of our other courses, email us at

Will this course make me a certified Functional Nutritionist?

Currently we are not affiliated with any third party certifications. Also see, “Does this course allow me to practice nutrition and herbal therapy in my state?” (Provide link)

How do I attend Jen Franco’s monthly Clinical Pearls webinars?

All of our SOWN students are invited to our monthly Clinical Pearls webinars. Check your email each month for the invitation. If you cannot attend live, we’ll email out a replay link each month as well.

Can I see archived or past Clinical Pearls webinars?

Currently, only our Functional Assessment System students have access to the archived webinars. We’ve been hosting webinars since 2017 and the entire database is included with our Functional Assessment System course.

What qualifications/certifications do I need in order to be eligible to take a course?

We currently do not have any qualification prerequisites in place, although these courses were designed to educate active Health Care Practitioners in expanding their knowledge on Functional Nutrition and Herbal Therapy. If you are not a current Health Care Practitioner and/or have no background in Functional Nutrition, it is highly recommended that you first do some learning at a collegiate level Anatomy and Physiology course. After that, our online Functional Nutrition Therapy course is a great place to start.

How fast can I go through the course? Do I need to wait for the monthly releases?

It depends! All of our courses are self-paced meaning there are no time limits or restrictions. If you bought the course with a one time payment or would like to pay off your remaining balance, we can then unlock your entire course so you can move through the modules as quickly as you’d like (except for Functional Practice Management due to the subscription nature of the course).

What’s your return policy?

We offer a 45-day money back guarantee on all our courses.

Can I buy one course for my whole office?

Many of our students use our courses as training tools in their office. If this is the case, we ask that the login information be kept only at the office. Our software does track how many devices have been used to log in and if too many are used, your account will be locked. Please keep in mind that we can only issue one certificate for each program sold.

How long will it take me to get through the course?

Functional Nutrition Therapy (FNT) and Functional Herbal Therapy (FHT) are both year long courses of 24 modules, 2 released per month. Most of our students take longer than a year as it is all designed to be self-paced. We do offer other courses that are less modules and therefore take less time to complete.

Trouble accessing the course

I don’t see my course welcome email. How do I get into the course?

Please check your spam for any emails from info@sownutritionalsystems. The subject line will say “Your Course Has Arrived.” If you do not see it, you can still access your course at any time by going to our home page and clicking the “login” button on the upper right hand corner.

How do I access the course?

Log into our website anytime. Click HERE to view a quick tutorial.

What if I can’t remember my password?

You can reset your password on the login screen or send us an email at and we can manually reset it for you.

Course materials

How do I upload a worksheet?

Click HERE to view a quick tutorial.

Where do I find the readings? Do I need to buy a textbook?

All of the readings for our courses are recommended. For Functional Herbal Therapy and Functional Nutrition Therapy, you can find a recommended reading list located in Module 2. For Functional Herbal Therapy and Cancer, all of the recommended articles and studies are linked on the reading pages found underneath each video. Most of the articles are free of charge however some do require a subscription or payment to the journal. Please note that all of our readings are recommended and not required.

How many tries do I get to complete the midterm and final exam?

The midterms and final exams in the same format as the rest of our quizzes. They are all multiple choice and you need a score of 80% or higher. It is all open note and open book with no time limit. We recommend using the worksheets as a study guide to help prepare. If you do not pass the first time, you will continue to receive chances until you do reach a passing score.

Do you have product recommendations?

We have product guides located in the courses that are available for download. Please note: Any supplement and/or herbal product companies mentioned in handouts are not professionally associated with SOW Nutritional Systems, LLC. Any opinions expressed by the instructors or in the downloadable resources are uniquely their own and should not be associated with the consent of the aforementioned company.

Can I set up a consultation with one of your faculty?

Currently our faculty is not accepting new patients.