Clinical Indications for Probiotics: An Overview

Tuition: $79
Hours: 4

Course Description

This four (4) hour course uses an evidenced based approach to educate the clinician who is or is considering the use of probiotics for patients. Probiotics are used to maintain wellness and prevent disease. This course reviews current literature to educate the clinician to develop evidence based care pathways in the patient selection and administration of probiotics.

Please note our "Clinical Indications for Probiotics: An Overview" is approved for California and Michigan only. However this course is  also known as "Probiotics: Today's Research" which is approved for other states.  


The learner’s time spent studying course materials is tracked electronically. A formal multiple-choice examination is administered at the termination of the course materials. There will be at least three questions for every hour of the class. The learner must score 75% to receive credit for the course. Learners not achieving the pass rate will be directed to additional study by the instructor and allowed to re-take the examination. The learner’s participation (time) is actively tracked and logged. The doctors are engaged in this distance-based class by the use of interactive teaching tools including case study discussions.


HOUR Topic
1.0 Introduction, including general course discussion, FDA rules concerning nutritional supplementation.
2.0 Discovering the microbiome of the Gut, prebiotics, probiotics and the brain gut axis.
3.0 Practical applications of probiotics, clinical indications, and specific disease processes.
4.0 Contraindications, and possible side effects of probiotics.


1) Review current literature regarding the appropriate use of probiotics in the management of healthy and ill patient populations.
2) Identify the indications and contraindications associated with probiotics.
3) Review advancements in evidence based care regarding probiotics.


This syllabus is a representation of the requirements for successful completion of the course, containing the objectives, content, organization, and evaluation processes. It is the student’s responsibility to read, comprehend, and act on the syllabus’ objectives, content, and requirements. The faculty teaching this course reserves the right to reasonably alter the sequence of activities, assignment dates, and evaluation and assignment methods or styles. Every effort will be made to inform the class members in advance of such changes. Students are responsible for following the syllabus and any changes instituted by the faculty. Should there be any questions or need for reasonable interpretation of clarification of the syllabus, the student must contact the lead course instructor/syllabus author(s) to obtain answers to the above.

All opinions, viewpoints and recommendations contained in this presentation represent those of the author alone and do not represent the opinions, viewpoints or recommendations of any organization with which the author may be affiliated, including, without limitation, the USOC or/and the ACBSP.