Applied Functional Medicine Certification™ (AFMC)

raising the standard of
functional medicine training

Dedicated practitioners commit to 620+ hours of rigorous training in advanced functional medicine sciences and validated application through clinical case studies.

Through intensive study of chronic disease etiology, functional physiology, and evidence-based intervention combined with hands-on clinical practice, AFMC certified practitioners are uniquely qualified to provide individually targeted strategies that address the multifaceted nature of today’s complex health challenges.

The result: root-cause resolution, empowered patients, successful practices.

What It Means To Be AFMC Certified

Complete two semesters of training in advanced functional medicine sciences and application in practice and pass both rigorous semester exams.
Display competence in applying knowledge through real-time patient/client interaction and case studies, and pass a comprehensive patient-driven, science-based formal case study.
Maintain credentialing through updated recertification examination every three years. Required to maintain active status.

The AFMC Difference

The prestigious AFMC certification is earned through 2+ years of immersive study, clinical application, and examination.

Graduates emerge with a deep knowledge of functional medicine science and application, plus the systems-thinking skills required to tackle complex cases while identifying and addressing the root-cause of disease.

It is this tireless commitment to ongoing education and clinical application that makes AFMC certified practitioners sought-after experts in their field. From physicians to nurses, chiropractors to health coaches, pharmacists to nurse practitioners, these savvy health professionals are elitely qualified in the application of functional medicine in their practices.

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The Scientific Review Council

Oversight is provided by SAFM’s Scientific Review Council, a body representative of experts in the fields of functional medicine, clinical practice and health coaching, and health and wellness entrepreneurship.  Responsible for providing annual review and approval of each level of SAFM’s AFMC exam process, the council’s oversight helps to preserve the scientific integrity of our Applied Functional Medicine Certification (AFMC) credential and certifies that SAFM’s training and evaluation structure validates substantial expertise in applied functional medicine knowledge.  This collaboration ensures students are armed with the latest knowledge and research in functional medicine and that we maintain our ACCME accreditation status.

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