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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 nutrition. Employment possibilities include public agencies, day-care centers for the young and the elderly, food co-ops, recreational programs, pregnancy and weight management clinics, school food service, nutrition education programs in schools, health clubs, gyms and figure salons, health food and supplement stores, hospitals, nutritional supplement sales, and rehabilitation programs. 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.


Course ID Title Units
FCS 115  or Consumer Issues 3
FCS 142   Life Management 3
FN 171   or Sanitation and Safety 2
FN 210   ServSafe in Food Production 1
FN 50  † Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
FN 110  * Food Preparation Essentials 3
FN 165   Careers in Nutrition and Dietetics 1
CWE 180  †^ Co-Op-Ed Foods and Nutrition 1 (2)
  Select three courses from Restricted Electives 9



FN 64   Nutrition Issues and Controversies 3
FN 160   Nutrition, Weight Management, and Eating Disorders 3
FN 164   Sports Nutrition 3
FN 161  * Clinical Nutrition 3
FN 169  * Lifecycle Nutrition 3
FN 206   Sustainable Nutrition and Food Systems 3
*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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