Academic Catalogs

Nutrition and Fitness Education, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_NCFE
Control Number: 18842

Students who graduate from this program are prepared for entry-level positions in the health and fitness industry, encompassing weight control clinics, sports medicine clinics, health clubs and gyms, corporate fitness and wellness centers, fitness and nutrition programs in schools, and community agencies concerned with health, fitness and nutrition education.

Students in this program will be able to advise clients on normal nutrition, weight control and improved performance by working with other nutrition professionals. The fitness industry is experiencing rapid growth and has a growing demand for trained fitness and nutrition educators.

Program Outcome

  1. Graduates will be competent entry-level Nutrition and Fitness professionals meeting the employment needs of the community.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
BIOL A221 Anatomy-Physiology 4
FN/NC A100 Careers in Dietetics and Food Science 1
FN A136 Nutrition, Fitness and Performance 3
FSM A160 Sanitation and Safety 3
 Units11
Semester 2
FN A185 Cultural Foods 2
KIN A109 Cardiovascular Training and Strength Development Level 1 1-3
KIN A270 Fitness and Health 3
NC A180 Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy 3
 Units9-11
Semester 3
FN A171 Applied Nutrition 2
FN A144 Life Cycle Nutrition 3
KIN A282 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
NC A280 Intermediate Nutrition Care 2
NC A281 Supervised Practice 1 3
 Units13
 Total Units33-35

 Recommendation - Combine the Nutrition and Fitness Assistant Certificate with the Fitness Specialist Certificate in the Kinesiology Department.