2019-2020 Catalog 
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2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nutrition Certificate of Achievement

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The Nutrition Certificate of Achievement program prepares students for a wide variety of employment opportunities involving the applications of fundamentals of normal nutrition. Employment possibilities include public agencies, day-care centers for the young and the elderly, food co-ops, recreation work, pregnancy clinics, education (such as preschool and elementary school), health clubs, gym and figure salons, health food stores and nutritional supplement sales, and drug abuse clinics. The program also offers coursework for professional improvement.

By completing the Nutrition certificate, students will be trained to relate nutrition to health, fitness and disease; to critically assess and apply research in the area of nutritional sciences; to apply current dietary guidelines and nutrition recommendations for good health; to interpret and analyze nutrition labeling; to identify the function, deficiencies, toxicities and sources of nutrients; to identify causes and solutions to obesity and eating disorders; to identify causes and prevention of foodborne illness; to identify food-based solutions to dietary inadequacies; and to compare nutritional needs throughout the life cycle.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Identify components of a healthy diet and lifestyle that lead to long-term optimal health and disease prevention.
  • Accurately assess an individual’s nutritional status and make appropriate dietary recommendations.
  • Identify and analyze credible research on nutrition-related topics.

Required Core



Total Units for the Certificate: 19-22

Restricted Electives

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.
† FN 50 recommended prior to CWE 180.
 Students with valid California ServSafe Certification may have this core requirement waived.
^ Students must complete 2 units of CO-OP-ED FOODS AND NUTRITION to earn the certificate.

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