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OUR NEW SPE HOURS PROGRAM TAILORED FOR CNS CANDIDATES

Foundation Professional Certificate and SPE Hours Program 

Are you a CNS candidate? Earn your SPE hours and your Clinician's Code™ Foundation Professional Certificate at the same time.

Learn how to handle complex cases with evidence-based treatment protocols and cutting-edge scientific insights with the landmark Clinician's Code™ Foundation Professional Certificate, all while earning SPE hours for CNS licensure.

The Clinician’s Code™ Foundation Professional Certificate program is a world-class functional medicine curriculum paired with individualized mentorship from renowned Metabolic Fitness co-founders, Drs. Bryan (CMO) and Julie Walsh (CEO). With support from our thriving community of CNS candidates, you will rapidly level up your skills and confidence in functional medicine.

The best educational resource for CNS candidates who want to succeed in functional medicine

This SPE Hours Program is different from any other functional medicine programs available. We use a unique three-part framework that covers everything you need to know to kickstart your career as a Certified Nutrition Specialist.

Evidence-based and up-to-date educational functional medicine content at your fingertips.
Focused mentorship and expert support on all of your questions and cases as you earn SPE hours.
Business strategy and coaching for a successful practice that runs smoothly, efficiently, and profitably.
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A self-paced online SPE hours program with expert mentorship

A Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) license is the most advanced certification offered by the American Nutrition Association (ANA) for personalized nutrition practitioners. To receive this highly respected professional credential, CNS candidates are required to complete 100+ hours of rigorous scientific functional medicine education, pass the CNS exam, and earn 1,000 hours of Supervised Practice Experience (SPE).

In other words, you need experience working with real patients and observing real cases under the guidance of a BCNS-approved supervisor.

This unique program combines our landmark Clinician’s Code™ Foundation Professional Certificate with the support and mentorship of world-class supervisors, enabling you to meet your SPE hours goals as you learn.

The Clinician’s Code Foundation Professional Certificate, tailored for CNS candidates

Our Clinician’s Code™ Foundation Professional Certificate is a rigorous 6-month curriculum comprising five core courses, four optional microcourses, live mentorship, and a monthly update service through PracticeUP. In this special version of the program designed for CNS candidates, we also offer a tailored supervised practice hours component.

Explore the core elements of the curriculum in further detail below.

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Personalized learning journey

We start with our pre-assessment survey so we can get to know you. Through a series of simple questions, we’ll get a better sense of where you stand — and where you're headed. Next, we’ll recommend an individualized learning pathway based on your priorities — consider it your personal roadmap toward your goals. 

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Five compulsory courses

Within your personalized learning journey, there are five courses that are compulsory for everyone in the Foundation Certificate program. The mandatory courses include The Cell Blueprint™, The Cornerstone Program, Laboratory Testing Fundamentals, Blood Chemistry Interpretation, and Nutritional Biochemistry.

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Four optional microcourses

You’ll also have access to an assortment of optional bite-sized microcourses and rich informational resources on topics such as Business Coaching, Vitamin D, Fatty Liver Reexamined, and How to Evaluate Adrenal Fatigue on a Blood Chemistry. Consider this your knowledge buffet — your intake is limited only by your appetite.

CNS SPE hours mentorship

Access exclusive, real-world cases from the Metabolic Fitness practice, hand-picked and curated to enhance your understanding of functional nutrition and boost your supervised practical experience hours (500+ casework SPE hours). You will also receive guidance on how to earn, track and submit your supervised practical experience hours through direct experience with clients in your practice (500+ clinical SPE hours). 

CNS supervision milestone calls

For every 40 SPE hours you earn (up to 1,000 hours) you will receive an exclusive one-on-one milestone call with your supervisor, Dr. Bryan Walsh, to reflect on your progress and address any blockers with immediate coaching. Take advantage of Dr. Walsh’s extensive experience and evidence-based insights to give your clients the most advanced, impactful care as you earn your experience hours.

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Monthly Mastermind calls

Engage in live monthly calls with Drs Julie and Bryan Walsh. In these calls, we discuss questions and challenges raised by students of this programme. These may be related to running a functional medicine practice, dealing with complex case examples, business coaching, or scientific questioning. 

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Exclusive community forum

You weren't meant to practice in a vacuum. Being able to ask questions, find answers, and get feedback is critical when building a successful clinical practice.


In our active community forum you can post cases and ask for advice on any topic. We weigh in on what to do, which tests to run and supplements to prescribe, and how to interpret test results.

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PracticeUP subscription

A subscription to PracticeUP, our monthly functional medicine update service, is included in the program. Once a month, we choose a critical current conversation in functional medicine to explore and tease apart. It’s the latest research delivered in an easy-to-follow vlog format.

Additional resources

Show clients your commitment to continuous learning and staying up to date in the field with the use of exclusive and cutting-edge reference ranges, treatment protocols, and other resources. In addition, we have prepared study guides and materials to ensure you can approach your CNS licensure examination with confidence.


With this prestigious qualification under your belt, you'll be eligible to enroll in the Clinician’s Code™ Advanced Professional Certificate program.

Strengthen your skillset as a confident personalized nutrition practitioner as you earn Supervised Practice Experience hours

Here's how the Clinician’s Code™ Foundation Professional Certificate and SPE Hours Program gets you there.

Evidence-based functional medicine content
Focused mentorship and expert support
Business strategy and coaching
Career and learning opportunities unlocked
  • Interpret blood chemistry: Hone your understanding of blood chemistry interpretation, a critical skill often overlooked in traditional education programs. Gain the confidence to navigate complex cases with precision and expertise.
  • Become a functional medicine testing expert: Learn to discern which functional medicine tests to leverage and which to avoid. Our comprehensive curriculum equips you with the knowledge to make informed decisions in real-world scenarios.
  • Master foundational systems: Say goodbye to uncertainty and confusion with our easy-to-follow patient-care system. We provide you with a clear roadmap to navigate cases effectively, ensuring you never feel lost or overwhelmed.
  • Prepare for your exam with our Nutritional Biochemistry Program: Join the ranks of students who have aced their exams with flying colors. Our Nutritional Biochemistry program garners rave reviews for its effectiveness in preparing students for success.
  • Accelerated CNS SPE hours: Apply new skills directly into your practice under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Bryan Walsh, a distinguished expert and thought leader in the field. Meet with Dr Walsh for a milestone call every 40 SPE hours you earn, up to 1,000 hours. In addition, you will have access to 500+ SPE hours worth of rich case studies from Dr. Walsh’s own practice, reducing the pressure of searching for new patients to meet your SPE hour goals.
  • Robust community support: We don’t just meet with you every 40 hours; we engage with you daily in our forum. You receive feedback every business day from Drs. Bryan and Julie Walsh, ensuring you never have to wait for that next Zoom call. Asynchronous support allows us to provide you with the feedback you need on a schedule that works for you, regardless of time zones or locations. Immerse yourself in a diverse community of practitioners from various disciplines. Expand your horizons, collaborate, and learn from a broad spectrum of perspectives for a richer, real-world learning experience.
  • Monthly Mastermind calls: Meet with Dr. Bryan, Dr. Julie, and Clinician’s Code members every month to discuss business strategy and functional medicine, learn something new, ask questions, build on your existing knowledge, and get motivated.
  • Comprehensive Business Coaching with Dr. Julie Walsh: Elevate your practice with our business coaching education from Dr. Julie Walsh. From structuring irresistible offers to crafting extraordinary patient interactions, we equip you with the tools and strategies to thrive in today's competitive landscape.
  • Get your business up and running quickly: Save time and achieve operational efficiency from the get-go with access to all the crucial forms and templates you need, including our proprietary Cell Blueprint system, and a masterclass on our preferred practice management software.
  • Access the Clinician’s Code Foundation Certificate Program: Deepen your knowledge and grow your expertise while earning your hours with access to the Clinician’s Code™ Foundation Professional Certificate as part of your SPE-hours program. Not only are you strengthening your skillset; but you are also able to showcase your mastery with a Professional Certificate, two certificates of completion, and seven practitioner badges in a variety of functional medicine topics. 
  • Unlock access to continued learning opportunities: Completing the Clinician’s Code™ Foundation Certificate Program unlocks a pathway for you to take the next step in your professional journey with the exclusive Clinician’s Code™ Advanced Professional Certificate program to further deepen your knowledge and propel your practice to new heights.

The No. 1 ask from healthcare practitioners seeking supervised experience for licensure: Hands-on support! 

With the Clinician’s Code™ Foundation Professional Certificate and SPE Hours Program, you’ll have full access to our professional team of instructors and mentors, as well as an open and welcoming community of peers tackling the same challenges you are.
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What do CNS practitioners have to say about the Clinician’s Code™ Foundation Professional Certificate and SPE Hours Program?

This is just a tiny fraction of the feedback we’ve received for Clinician's Code™ — the basis of our new Clinician’s Code™ Foundation Professional Certificate and SPE Hours Program, which offers an even more intensive curriculum than the original.

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“If you’re looking for mentorship that will propel you to the next level of knowledge and expertise, you’ve come to the right place!”
– Olga, Clinical Nutritionist
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“You can tell how much Bryan and Julie love the community they’ve developed—And I’m just happy to be a part of it!”
– Jane, Functional Nutritionist and Health Coach
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Is the Clinician’s Code™ Foundation Professional Certificate and SPE Hours Program a good fit for me?

  • I’m a CNS candidate who needs to earn SPE hours.

You’re in the right place! We can help you earn your supervised practice experience hours and get your Certified Nutrition Specialist license. Our 6-month curriculum is designed to give you 500+ case hours (in addition to direct client contact hours you earn through your own practice).

  •  I want a meaningful SPE hours program that will help my existing practice thrive.
    OR
  •  I want to start building a thriving practice as I learn.

We don’t approach earning SPE hours as a checkbox exercise. We want you to get the maximum value out of every hour you earn. This 6-month program is packed with all the tools, resources, and support you need to achieve your personal goals.

  • I have limited availability and/or I am working or studying full time.

No problem! We understand your schedule may be up and down. This individualized online program has been designed to proceed at YOUR pace—Can’t finish in 6 months? Simply purchase a 3-month extension, as often as you need, until you reach your goals. No pressure!

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Here’s what some of our practitioners have to say

"You won't regret this program because it will only make you better."

"Clinician's Code™ has been so extremely helpful in giving me confidence. Working with Drs. Bryan and Julie Walsh through case studies and the amazing information in their online courses has provided me with the tools to become a great practitioner who isn't just giving standard protocols for a condition, but instead understands how to help each client with their bio-individual issues."
– Stephanie E., BS, CNS, NTP

"It is invaluable to be able to consult on cases with Drs. Walsh."

"Making the decision to be a part of the mentorship program is one of the best ones I've made as a practitioner — not just from a case analysis perspective, but also from a business perspective. It is invaluable to be able to consult on cases with Drs. Walsh, who are committed to scientifically-based, biochemically individualized solutions. Having seasoned professionals who are committed to my personal growth is a tremendous 'shot in the arm' that I'm grateful for daily." 
– Jan T., Integrative Nutrition

Clinician’s Code™ Foundation Professional Certificate and SPE Hours Program

Pursuing your Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) credential with professional supervision and personalized support

By enrolling in the Clinician’s Code™ Foundation Professional Certificate and SPE Hours Program, you will unlock new competencies in diagnostic and preventive medicine, gaining deep insights into functional physiology, cellular health, the fundamentals of lab testing, blood chemistry interpretation, detoxification, and nutritional biochemistry.

As you progress through the 6-month program, you will have the opportunity to seamlessly integrate our renowned coursework with real-world cases, submitting hours earned from your own practice supplemented with the rich repository of Metabolic Fitness cases. Strengthen your skills and broaden your knowledge on our case-based forum, where engagement with your instructors and peers contributes SPE hours and enriches your learning.

Every 40 hours you earn, you’ll also receive a one-on-one milestone consultation with Dr. Bryan Walsh. Through intensive study, practical application, and enriching mentorship in live Mastermind calls, you’ll also learn how to grow your practice into a flourishing business from the ground up from Dr. Julie Walsh.

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Who is behind Metabolic Fitness? 

And how do we solve the biggest problem facing functional medicine practitioners today?

We’re Drs. Bryan and Julie Walsh. After graduating from medical school, we struggled big time. We thought the solution was to attend seminars, listen to the "gurus,” and hire marketers and business coaches… but it turned out that none of that was what we really needed.

We’ve taken everything we’ve learned in our collective 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry and created the Clinician's Code™ Foundation Professional Certificate to support you in building the successful functional medicine practice you’ve always wanted. 
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Meet the founders

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Dr. Bryan Walsh
Co-Founder & CMO of Metabolic Fitness

Dr. Walsh has been studying human physiology and nutrition for over 25 years and has been educating others in health for 20 of those years. When he isn’t teaching, he spends his time pouring over the latest research and synthesizing his findings into practical, informative content for clinicians to use in practice.

Dr. Walsh is best known for his expertise in biochemistry and human physiology, which allows him to (happily) dismantle the myths and misconceptions in the functional medicine industry and replace them with facts. His work is often described as the “education you always wanted, but never received."

Fun fact: Dr. Bryan developed the industry's first evidence-based optimal reference ranges.
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Dr. Julie Walsh
Co-Founder & CEO of Metabolic Fitness

Dr. Julie Walsh, while formerly trained in Naturopathic Medicine, quickly realized that without a solid understanding of business and marketing, the practice was never going to become a sustainable, profitable business. After recognizing there is as much misinformation in the business and marketing space as there is in the functional medicine space she knew what she had to do – become an expert at how to run a practice like a business. While she thinks it’s tacky to wave around bank balances and dollar amounts, let’s just say she took Metabolic Fitness from nothing to something beyond what she ever dreamed. Now, she shares everything she knows with clinicians looking to do the same.  


Fun fact: Dr. Julie does all of this while raising six amazing children. 

Functional medicine doesn’t have to be a confusing, frustrating experience 

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Good news!

There's a better, smarter way

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You don't have to use protocols because someone else told you to — you can think through any case that walks through your door, with confidence.

You don't have to prescribe mountains of supplements — you can develop the know-how to identify which supplements are going to best help your patients.

You don't have to struggle alone or hire an expensive business coach to build a successful practice — you can build a reliable system for generating income while still providing a high-quality service to your patients.

You don't have to perform on social media every day and pretend to like it — you can build a sophisticated business that is authentic, intentional, and representative of your values and mission.

You don't have to run thousands of dollars in functional medicine tests to give your patients answers — you can become highly adept at discerning which tests they need and which tests they don't.

Transform your clinical practice

Here are a few more of our practitioner success stories: 

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"It transformed the way I see clients!”
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"I feel more certain about what I am doing, and not just following a protocol."

Hone the skills you’ll need to become a certified nutritionist specialist and run the functional medicine practice you've always envisioned. 

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