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Nutrition and Fitness Education, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CT_NCFE

Control Number: 18842

Financial Aid Eligible

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

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

Review Graduation Requirements.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
BIOL A221Anatomy-Physiology4
FBM A102Sanitation and Safety2
FN A100Careers in Dietetics and Food Science1
or NC A100 Careers in Dietetics/FDSCI
FN A136Nutrition, Fitness and Performance3
FN A144Life Cycle Nutrition3
FN A171Applied Nutrition1.5
FN A185Cultural Foods2
KIN A109: Must take 1-3 units1-3
Cardiovascular Training and Strength Development Level 1
KIN A270Fitness and Health3
KIN A282Introduction to Exercise Physiology3
NC A180Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy3
NC A280Intermediate Nutrition Care2
NC A281Supervised Practice 13
Total Units31.5-33.5

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

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing. 

Some courses in this program may be offered once per academic year.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
FN A100
Careers in Dietetics and Food Science
or Careers in Dietetics/FDSCI
FN A136 Nutrition, Fitness and Performance 3
FBM A102 Sanitation and Safety 2
BIOL A221 Anatomy-Physiology 4
Semester 2
KIN A109: Must take 1-3 units 1-3
Cardiovascular Training and Strength Development Level 1  
FN A185 Cultural Foods 2
NC A180 Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy 3
KIN A270 Fitness and Health 3
Year 2
Semester 1
FN A171 Applied Nutrition 1.5
NC A280 Intermediate Nutrition Care 2
NC A281 Supervised Practice 1 3
FN A144 Life Cycle Nutrition 3
KIN A282 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
 Total Units31.5-33.5

Recommendation - Combine the Nutrition and Fitness Assistant Certificate with the Fitness Specialist: Health Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer Certificate in the Kinesiology Department