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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.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  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.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  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 their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Course Title Units
Required Courses
BIOL A221Anatomy-Physiology4
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 Nutrition2
FN A185Cultural Foods2
FSM A160Sanitation and Safety2
KIN A109Cardiovascular Training and Strength Development Level 10.5-3
KIN A270Fitness and Health3
KIN A282Introduction to Exercise Physiology3
NC A180Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy3
NC A280Intermediate Nutrition Care2
NC A281Supervised Practice 13
Total Units31.5-34

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
BIOL A221 Anatomy-Physiology 4
FN A100
Careers in Dietetics and Food Science
or Careers in Dietetics/FDSCI
FSM A160 Sanitation and Safety 2
FN A136 Nutrition, Fitness and Performance 3
FN A185 Cultural Foods 2
Semester 2
KIN A109 Cardiovascular Training and Strength Development Level 1 0.5-3
KIN A270 Fitness and Health 3
KIN A282 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
NC A180 Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy 3
Year 2
Semester 1
FN A171 Applied Nutrition 2
FN A144 Life Cycle Nutrition 3
NC A280 Intermediate Nutrition Care 2
NC A281 Supervised Practice 1 3
 Total Units31.5-34

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