Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

What are Trinity's hours of operation?

Trinity School of Natural Health is open Monday through Thursday, 9am to 6pm ET and Friday, 9am to 4:00pm ET. We are closed on Saturday and Sunday, as well as all major holidays. Should you call and get a recording during the day, please leave a detailed message. We check messages daily and will return calls as soon as possible.

Why Trinity?

You will receive the most complete natural health education that provides hope, practical solutions and the support necessary to transform your life and improve the world.

When health is poor, every part of life is affected. There is less energy and enjoyment of the things we love, such as time with family and friends and productivity toward our passions. When we have the best health possible, we can create, live and fully experience the best life possible.

Drawing on decades of experience, this knowledge is absolutely fundamental for everyone that wants life more abundantly. Regardless of occupation, age, race, gender, geographical location, social status, personal beliefs and passions, great health is the foundational aspect that is vitally necessary for everyone.

Trinity School of Natural Health is a nonprofit educational institution offering professional natural health programs focused on the whole body and the integration of the body, mind and spirit. Trinity offers online programs that allow students to have direct contact with course instructors, peer discussion and hands-on activities to put their education into practice. Our online learning management system, Canvas, is designed to help keep students on an accelerated path towards achieving their professional natural health careers. Trinity is accredited and recognized by the American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board (ANMAB) and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).

Our vision as an innovative company is to guide millions of people around the world to dramatically change their life through this empowering natural health education.

What is the value of the natural health designations received at Trinity School of Natural Health?

A designation demonstrates to the public that you have been trained in these areas of natural health. It also signifies that you have passed the appropriate exams required for the designation. You will obtain knowledge of alternative natural health, which hopefully will serve you well as you seek to help others in obtaining and maintaining health. However, as in any program or endeavor, you get out of the program just what you put into the program.

What will I be able to do with this type of education? Can I prescribe, diagnose or perform surgeries?

Our programs are focused on personal enrichment. However, it is possible to start your own business and take on clients to counsel people in the areas of natural health. As far as using this in a public organization (such as a doctor's office, schools or nursing homes) it really depends on that organization and what they are looking for. We do not provide job placement once you have graduated from the program.

Prescribing, diagnosing and performing surgeries are generally a part of the "practice of medicine" and it would be a violation of state medical practice laws for anyone to prescribe, diagnose or perform surgeries without holding the appropriate state license. A federal drug license is also needed to prescribe drugs legally. Naturopaths do not prescribe or advocate the use of drugs. Typically, Naturopaths are referred to as "drugless doctors." A traditional naturopathic education does not include training in surgery.

May I put the ND designation (or any of the other designations) after my name?

You may always put any educational or professional designation after your name, but a few states license naturopaths and unless you are licensed in those states, you cannot practice or identify yourself as a naturopath (ND).

For more information on state laws, visit: https://www.anma.org/legislation

Is Naturopathy licensed in my state?

It is best that you check with your state's laws. Unfortunately, we do not have the information on each state here at Trinity School. You will need to research those laws on your own to find out if you can practice in your state legally. Some states have not finalized their laws due to legal challenges from those who believe that naturopathy should not be licensed and is a public domain. If laws change after the completion of your program, it is ultimately up to each state as to how they handle the situation. Some states may choose to "grandfather" in prior ND's, while others may not.

Click here to be redirected to a helpful website that may assist you in researching licensing for each state .

Why did you change the Doctor of Naturopathy to Certified Holistic Health Practitioner?

In light of confusion over the years that Trinity School of Natural Health was awarding a "doctoral degree", and the fact that it is becoming increasingly more difficult to practice in many states as a traditional naturopathic doctor, Trinity determined that it was our job to educate students in the field of natural health practice. Many of the calls that come into our office are students or potential students asking why, if I can't practice as a naturopathic doctor in my state, would you award me a diploma with that title? So we listened and selected a board-certifiable title that describes EXACTLY what we do. Board Certification is still available with the CHHP at www.anmcb.org.

Does your school have a license or accreditation?

Trinity School is dually accredited and recognized by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification and Accreditation Board, Inc. located in Las Vegas, Nevada and American Association of Drugless Practitioners located in Galveston, TX.

I am interested in your school, but I am wondering how your school compares with others.

We believe we have the best direct education program available in natural health. We have 2 core programs and 4 specialized programs composed of a variety of well-designed courses. Our students frequently call us to tell us how excited they are over the course materials. We use the best texts available. We have student service representatives to assist you with any problem you may encounter.

How does Trinity School compare with on-campus programs?

Our online approach means that you can study at your own pace, without leaving your home or moving to a campus site. Price is another consideration. Campus programs require tuition large enough to pay for buildings, dormitories, dining facilities, gyms and other facilities that have nothing to do with naturopathy. On-campus programs cost $50,000 to $60,000 more than Trinity School of Natural Health.

How many students are currently enrolled in your programs?

We currently have approximately 2500 enrolled students. That number is consistently increasing at a fast pace!

How many graduates do you have?

Trinity School has 18,000 graduates *including CNHP, which merged with Trinity in 2014.

Do you have any samples of course work or diplomas that you can send me?

We do not have samples of diplomas or course work at this time.

Do you offer any of your classes in a classroom-type setting?

All of our programs must be completed through Canvas, our online learning management system. The NHP and CHHP programs require the attendance of a colloquium. The Specialized and Specialized+ programs do not require a colloquium.

Do I have to come to Trinity School for any reason?

You will complete the programs we offer in the privacy and convenience of your own home. All course work and tests are submitted through Canvas. Upon successful completion of each course and to earn your designation, you are required to attend a colloquium. The locations of the three colloquia will vary each year. Certifications are mailed upon successful completion of all course work. The colloquium requirement applies to the NHP and CHHP programs.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The set completion time varies based on each program. Each course is made up of several classes. Students will have four weeks to complete each class, with short, engaging assignments due weekly. Upon completing the NHP and/or CHHP program, students must attend a four-day colloquium.

•Health Coach: 8 weeks
•Natural Health Professional: 32 weeks, plus case studies and attendance at the colloquium
•Certified Holistic Health Practitioner: 28 weeks plus case studies and attendance at the colloquium
•Holistic Fitness Specialist: 16 weeks
•Herbology Master Practitioner: 16 weeks
•Nutritional Consultant: 16 weeks
•Iridology Master Practitioner: 16 weeks, plus case studies

Can I submit transcripts from other schools to have classes waived at Trinity?

Since Trinity School is committed to graduating the finest trained naturopaths, we currently do not give credit for studies completed from other schools.

If I complete your programs, are the courses I've taken transferable to another school or organization?

Transcripts are available to students and may be forwarded on to other education institutions for review. Each school sets its own policy on accepting credits from other institutions.

What are the tuition fees? Do you offer installment plans? Are books included in the tuition fees?

All course materials, Canvas access and colloquium admission (if required) are included in your enrollment cost. Travel and lodging for the colloquium are not included. To attend the colloquium, 75% of your program must be paid, and in order to graduate, a balance of $0 must be achieved. To keep you on the path to success, we are offering you a spot in our *Persistence Incentive Program: complete your courses in succession and make all payments on time, and Trinity will give you 10% of your program cost back upon completion.

We are able to offer installment plans for our programs. The pricing is:

Core Programs: Full Payment: $4,000 Installment: We only require a down payment of $250 to begin and offer customizable, interest-free monthly payment plans starting as low as $250/month. Upon passing each course and a payment of $250 or more, you can continue into your next course.

Specialized Programs: Full Payment: $1,600 Installment: We only require a down payment of $350 to begin and offer customizable, interest-free monthly payment plans starting as low as $350/month. Upon passing each course and a payment of $350 or more, you can continue into your next course.

*Persistence Incentive Program is not combined with any other offers/transfers; is not valid towards Specialized+ programs; is not valid towards the Health Coach program

******Prices are subject to change without notice******

Are your programs available in any other language?

At this time, we are not accepting enrollments in our Spanish Department. Trinity intends to offer the NHP program in Spanish in the future.

What is the Persistence Incentive Program?

The *Persistence Incentive Program refunds you 10% of your tuition fee once your program is completed. To qualify for the Persistence Incentive, your payments must be made on time and you must pass all of your courses on the first attempt.
*Persistence Incentive Program is not combined with any other offers or transfers, is not applicable towards the Health Coach program & is not applicable towards any book or video taught program (ND, CNHP, CHS, CNC, MH or MI programs)

Enrolling in a program FAQs

What are the requirements to enroll? Do I need a Bachelor's or a Master's degree?

We require the minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent to enroll in any program we offer. You do not need a Bachelor's or a Master's degree to enroll.

Prerequisites for each program:
NHP: none
CHHP: NHP or CNHP
Specialized Programs: none

What is required of me to enroll? When can I enroll?

You can enroll in the NHP program today! If you already hold a prior designation of CNHP or another certificate from Trinity, you may be eligible to test out of NHP (a prerequisite for our CHHP program). For more information about our placement exam, please call our office. A $250 deposit for core programs or $350 deposit for specialized programs is required to reserve your place and will count towards your first payment.

Click here to see all enrollment deadlines and start dates.

How do I take the placement exam?

Natural Health Professional (NHP) is a prerequisite for the Certified Holistic Health Practitioner (CHHP) program. If you are a previous Trinity Student, you do have the option to test out of the Natural Health Professional program (NHP). All exams are reviewed by an academic panel to access your results. You will be notified after the exam on whether you will be able to bypass NHP. To schedule your placement exam, please call home office. Specialized programs do not have prerequisite requirements.

How do I enroll?

In order to enroll, you must meet all prerequisites for the specific program. If you meet those requirements, you can enroll whenever you are ready to begin the program. To get started in a program, you need register online. With the registration, you will need to also submit a form of payment (please refer to payment information). We accept personal checks, money orders, cashier's checks and credit cards. We accept the following credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover.

Once I submit my enrolllment, when will I receive my materials? What will I receive?

The processing of your enrollment may take 24-48 hours. Upon finalizing your enrollment, you will get an e-mail directing you on when your program will begin. Programs begin on a four-week cycle. Books are mailed out no later than the Wednesday prior to the start of class on Monday. You will gain access to Canvas on the Friday before your program begins on the following Monday as well.

When can I start my program?

Once you enroll, you will be given a date as to when the next course begins. You will gain access to Canvas on the Friday before your course begins. Courses begin every four weeks.

How often are materials released to me?

Each class is four weeks long. If you paid for your program in full, you will move onto the next class as soon as your previous class is completed. If you are paying monthly, you must pay by the last week of your current course to gain access to the next course. If you fail a course, you will continue to move through the classes in succession, but will have to retake the course the next time it is offered.

How is the material presented to me?

All course work will be presented in Canvas. This offers real-time interaction with classmates and instructors. Every week there is a discussion, activity, and quiz. There is a comprehensive final at the end of each course.

Once I have completed my program, can I add additional programs?

A student may decide to enroll in additional programs at any time. When a student decides to enroll in an additional program, a new registration will need to be submitted to Trinity School of Natural Health.

Do you offer any discounts on the new programs?

There are no coupons or discounts on the new programs. We do offer a "*persistence incentive" program. Should you qualify, you would receive a 10% refund of your tuition fee.

*Persistence Incentive Program is not combined with any other offers

Will my prior coursework taken with Trinity School of Natural Health transfer to the new programs?

Prior course work completed through Trinity School of Natural Health will not transfer to the new programs as these are completely new programs.

Can I study with others?

You are more than welcome to study with others. Studying with others is a great way to understand the material! However, when it comes to the test answers, you must answer them on your own. We do realize that some of the answers will be identical (such as multiple choice, or true/false), and this is unavoidable. We will not accept a photocopy of answers for more than one student. If it is found by Trinity School of Natural Health that the answers are identical to another student, you may be asked to resubmit your work and/or you could also be assessed up to a 10% penalty on your grade. The issuance of the penalty is at the discretion of the Staff at Trinity School.

Trinity School does not maintain a list of available study groups or support groups.

Student Login FAQs

Where do I log in to my student account?

You may access the student login by clicking on "Student Login" in the upper right-hand corner of your screen or by clicking here.

I don't have an online student account. Where do I create my Student Online Account?

You should get this option at the time of enrollment. If not, you can create your account by clicking here.

I forgot my username and/or password. What do I do?

If you have forgotten your username and/or password, you will need to use the FORGOT USERNAME/FORGOT PASSWORD option that is found on the Student Login Page. Trinity will not be able to provide you with your username and/or password.

How do I make a payment online?

Here are the steps to making a payment online.

1. Start by clicking MY PAYMENTS on the left side of the screen.
2. Find the program that has a balance due and a payment due date. Click on the program name.
3. Payments due are found at the top and listed in order by due date. Click the check box next to each payment you want to pay and then click CONTINUE TO PAYMENT. (Below the "continue to payment button" you will find a list of all paid payments)
4. Check your billing information.
5. Select a previous saved card or enter new card information.
6. If entering a new card, you may select the box that says "Check to save this card for a quicker checkout next time."
7. Click "Submit payment of $XX"

I am in my account. How do I access a test?

If you are a current student in our Book or Video program, here is how you access tests (either online or downloadable PDF's):

1) Once you log in to your account, click on "TESTS" in the Menu Bar.
2) You will see your list of courses here. To take a test, click on "Begin" to the right of the course name to take the online test or click "Download PDF Test" to download and print the PDF test. Video based programs do not have a PDF Test option.
If you are a Canvas student, all tests will be completed in Canvas.

Where do I update my username and/or password?

This will be found under the "My Profile" option found in the upper right corner of the green "greetings" box. Once you are on your "Profile", scroll to the bottom and you will see an area that will allow you to update your username and/or password.

Graduation FAQs

Do I have to complete everything I see that is listed with the program?

Yes, you will need to complete all of the course work listed under the program. We cannot make any substitutions in any of the programs. All students must attend a colloquium before receiving their certification. The colloquium is only required for the NHP and CHHP programs.

When will I receive my diploma? Are transcripts available?

Diplomas are sent on a weekly basis to those who have completed and passed all course work and have made all required payments. You are welcome to call to check on the status of your diploma at any time. The first copy of the diploma is free (this an 8.5"x11"). Any additional diplomas would be $25 each. Diplomas are sent by USPS.

We offer additional diplomas in the fax sized (8.5"x11") and wallet size. All additional copies are $25 each.

Transcripts are also available upon request. We can send these directly to you or to an organization at any time necessary. The first transcript, per program, is free with any additional copies being $10 each.

When my course work is done, is there a final exam? What about an internship?

There is no final exam through Trinity School of Natural Health. We encourage graduates of the Certified Holistic Health Practitioner (CHHP) program to consider pursuing certification by the American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board (ANMCB). Registered in Washington, D.C., the ANMCB is proud to be the most sought-after national certifying organization for natural health care providers throughout the United States. ANMCB's Board believes, as the majority of practitioners do, that Naturopathy is strictly a non-invasive natural health care therapy, which does not involve prescriptions, surgery, medical procedures or the claims to cure diseases. This certification adds a national level of competency recognized by businesses, professional associates, peers and the public. The board certified testing offered by the ANMCB is completely optional. This does not provide licensing. It will provide an extra certification to validate your knowledge. Click here to visit the ANMCB's website.

Trinity School of Natural Health offers a Review Class to prepare for the examination. Click here for further details on the ND Review or give us a call for information. You have the option to purchase the review course video directly from Trinity and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Wendell Whitman Memorial Scholarship Fund to assist those in need who wish to pursue a natural health education at Trinity.

There is no internship available.

Withdrawal FAQs

What is the refund policy in the event I need to withdraw?

For Video and Book programs: Students who withdraw from their program of study within the first week will receive a 100% refund. Students who withdraw between 3-4 weeks from their enrollment date will receive a 50% refund. Students who withdraw after 4 weeks will not be eligible for a refund. All shipping and handling fees are non-arefundable.

For Canvas Online Programs: You will have one week from the beginning of your program to withdraw and receive 100% of your tuition back (excluding the cost of books, materials and shipping).

How to I request a withdrawal from my program?

A withdrawal request must be submitted in writing (by mail, fax or e-mail). Refunds can take a minimum of 4-6 weeks. Books and materials cannot be returned. The total cost of those materials will be deducted from any owed refund per the refund policy above.

This is the ONLY way a student can be withdrawn from any program. Stopping payments or stopping course work will not withdraw a student from the program.

Book and Video On Demand FAQs

Are the Book and Video On Demand Programs Still Available?

No, our book and video programs have been discontinued and we are no longer accepting new enrollments. If you are a current student, you have until your program expiration date to finish your coursework.

Where can I find information about the instructors on the videos?

Click here to find out more about our instructors.

How long is each video?

The videos range anywhere from 45 minutes to 2.5 hours - depending on the topic of the class. Once the video is watched, students can then take the test. Some videos may be broken up in to several parts. You will only need to test once all of the videos are watched. You also only need to print the manual one time as it the information in the manual will cover all of the video.

Are classes released in a certain order in the video-based CHS, CNHP and ND programs?

The classes are released in numerical order by course number. The case study information will be released once all the other course work is completed and the balance on the account is paid in full.

Is there a book needed for the video course?

There are no textbooks required for the video program. There is a manual that may be printed off and it follows along with the video.

How many total hours of video are part of the video on demand program?

The CNHP program (without the video ND program) contains approximately 35 hours. The ND video program (including CNHP) contains approximately 133 hours of video.

The hours are approximate and does not include the Dissertation and case studies.

How long can I access the videos?

Once you are a graduate of the program, video access is unlimited! You can watch the videos over and over again for as long as you would like!

Once I enroll, how many videos do I get access to at one time?

With the $300 down payment, you will gain access to the first 4 videos in the program. Each monthly payment will provide access to 2 new videos. Payments may be made more frequently than once per month so you may gain access to videos faster.

There may be exceptions to this policy should a student be transferring from a different program into a program that has video on demand.

When I start a video, do I have to watch the entire video at one time?

When you start a video in the video program, you do not have to watch the entire video right away. You can start/stop/resume as often as necessary until the video is completely watched.

Do I have to take a test if I am enrolled in the video program?

A test is required to be completed once the video or videos are watched and are only available for online testing. Tests are open book and are not timed. The test is written from the video and manual. The minimum passing grade is 85%. Should a grade be less than 85%, a retake is required and the highest grade given is 85%.

Can I purchase access to one video at a time rather than enrolling in a full program?

At this time, videos are only available by enrolling in a full program.

I am ready to start a test online. Is it timed?

Tests are not timed. You can work on the tests at your own pace. There is a "Save and Close" option at the bottom of the screen that allows you to save your progress. You can resume your test at any time by logging in and clicking on "Resume Test" next to the course.

I do not want to take the test online. Can I download it?

Most of our tests have a PDF version. If you click on "MY TESTS", you should see both options for testing on each course - "Download PDF Test" and "Begin Test". Click on "Download PDF Test" and follow any prompts for the downloading process. The PDF test and the Online test are different. You will not be able to start the PDF test and transfer your answers to the Online test. The PDF test is only applicable to our traditional book-study programs and not available for the video on demand programs.

I don't want to take the test online and I do not want to download the test. Can the test be shipped to me?

Tests can be shipped to students for an additional fee of $10 per test. This is not applicable for the video on demand programs as tests are only accessible through online testing.

What do I do if I have a question on a test? Do you have instructors?

The Staff at Trinity School tries to help as much as possible. Most of our programs are completed by correspondence and are self-study programs. If you have a question on a test, contact Trinity School. We can guide you to the page where the answer may be located. We cannot, under any circumstance, give you the answer to the question. We are only able to help on a limited amount of questions because the tests are open book. This is at the discretion of the person grading the test.

Is it possible to fail a test? What do I have to do if I fail a test?

Book and Video Program: We require the minimum of an 85% or higher to pass a course in our book and video taught programs. If you score below an 85%, you will be required to resubmit your answers. Once you resubmit a test (by mail or online), the highest possible grade you can get is an 85%.

How do I submit a test if I am not completing the test online? Once I submit a test, how long will it take for me to get the results?

Follow the instructions at the beginning of each test. You can submit your test through the mail or by e-mail. Please scan and e-mail tests to tests@trinityschool.org. Tests are not accepted via fax.

The Staff at Trinity School understands you are anxious to get the result of your test. We make every effort to get tests graded as quickly as possible. We are typically at a 1-2 week turn around time on grading tests.

We grade all tests and Dissertations in the order they are received. If you need to graduate by a certain date, please plan accordingly with the dates listed above.

Students also have the option to take their test live online through the student log in. Tests, in either format, are not timed.

I submitted my test online and I passed but how do I see what I missed?

Clicking on your grade will take you to your grade sheet. The grade sheet is where you will see what is missed, the answer you chose and the page number where the answer is found.

I submitted my test online but I did not pass. What should I do?

A new test will be created for you and you can begin working on this 24 hours after your original submission. There is no additional charge for the resubmission online. Students that need to resubmit the online test must retake the test online and this will be a whole new test (the PDF version of the test will not be accepted for grading for the resubmission). The highest grade you can receive on a resubmission is an 85%.

I submitted my test by mail/e-mail. How will I know my grade?

When a test is received at Trinity, you will receive an e-mail confirmation that it has arrived. Your test is entered in line for grading and graded in the order received. Once your test is graded, you will receive an e-mail letting you know which test was graded, the percentage received and the questions missed (if any).

I submitted my test by mail/e-mail and did not pass. What do I do?

Students that mail/e-mail their tests in for grading and do not pass have 2 options to retake their test.

The first option is to rework only the questions that were missed. These answers must be typed and returned by mail/e-mail, along with the required $25 resubmission fee.

The second option is to take the online test at no additional charge. With this option, a whole new test will be completed.

The highest grade given for a resubmission is an 85%.

What is the Dissertation?

Students in the current ND program are required to complete a Dissertation (course SNH 501) and two case studies (SNH 510 and SNH 520). The Dissertation is a research paper that is required in the ND program. It must be a minimum of 25 pages, but no more than 50 pages. It must also be bound before submitting this for grading. We do send guidelines once a student's account is paid in full for the ND program.

We understand students are very anxious to hear the results of the Dissertation. We make every effort to get these graded in a timely fashion. It is not uncommon for the grading process to take a minimum of 4-6 weeks. We are grateful to our students for their patience.

A notice for enrolled students:
If the course number for your Dissertation is SNH 501, the page requirements are 25-50 pages. For those students that require the Dissertation (course SNH 501) AND two case studies (SNH 510 and SNH 520), you may take the Practical Applications event to waive those requirements (CNHP will NOT waive the Dissertation with course number SNH501 and it will not waive the case study requirements). Dissertation information is released once the tuition balance is paid in full.

If the course number for your Dissertation is SNH 500, the page requirements are 45-75 pages. For those students that require the Dissertation (course SNH 500), the graduation in the CNHP program will waive the SNH 500 Dissertation requirement. To qualify, CNHP may be completed through Trinity School of Natural Health via distance learning or earned through CNHP.

Do I have to attend a colloquium to complete the program?

No, only students in our Canvas NHP and CHHP programs have to attend a colloquium.

Colloquium FAQs

Are the colloquia required? How long is a colloquium?

Attendance and successful completion of a colloquium is required for the NHP and CHHP programs. Each colloquium is four days. You will arrive on a Thursday for an opening reception that evening, followed by two days of intense, all-day, hands-on practical application of your learned material from canvas. Sunday, after breakfast, you have a Q&A session with the instructors followed by closing remarks from a keynote speaker.

How many colloquia will there be?

There will be three colloquia per year. We will rotate the locations across the country and vary which region we hold each one in order to best accommodate our students.

Website FAQs

How do I enroll in the program of my choice?

You can enroll both by phone or on our website. To register online, go to our programs page, find the program you would like to enroll in and click the "enroll now" button.

How do I recover a lost username or password?

Student Services Representative, Amy VanDevender, walks you through the process for resetting your Trinity student account username and/or password.