Nutrition Certificate Program

Please visit our new Culinary Arts / Hospitality page and Nutrition page

The Nutrition 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 offers coursework for professional improvement, and some courses can be utilized as transfer courses for students pursuing a Bachelor's degree. Refer to the Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics transfer section of the Saddleback College Catalog, as well as the catalog of the intended college of transfer.

Please see a counselor for assistance in planning a transfer program.

   Award Types

Associate in Science Degree

Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College

Certificate of Achievement

The awarding of a Certificate of Achievement acknowledges to the recipient and the potential employer that all courses in an approved occupational program have been completed. The courses are chosen by the faculty on the basis of determination of educational experiences which lead to vocational competency.

Students with previous educational or vocational experience who wish to waive a course on the certificate list may be expected to verify equivalency through examination. Petitions for course waivers or substitutions are available in both the Office of Admissions and Records and the Counseling Office. When waivers and substitutions have been approved, a minimum of 18 units must be included in the certificate program.

The Certificate of Achievement is issued upon the completion of the following:

  1. The required courses in the certificate area.
  2. A minimum of twelve (12) units in residence at Saddleback College. At least one course required in the certificate must be completed at Saddleback College.

It is the student's responsibility to make a formal application for the Certificate of Achievement to the Office of Admissions and Records.


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  • Entry-Level Positions include:
    • Day Care Centers for the Young
    • Day Care Centers for Older Adults
    • Diet Clerk
    • Diet Counselor
    • Dietetic Assistant
    • Drug & Alcohol Abuse Centers
    • Food Co-ops
    • Gyms/Health Clubs & Spas
    • Health Food Stores
    • Nutrition Education:  Preschool; Elementary
    • Nutrition Product Sales
    • Weight Management Instructor
  • With Further Education and Experience:
    • Dietetic Technician
    • Employee Wellness Counselor
    • Nutrition Communications Specialist
    • Nutrition Counselor
    • Pre-pregnancy and Pregnancy Course Instructor
    • Public Health & Community Agencies
    • Recreation Programs


Title Annual
Dietitians and Nutritionists $61,650
Diet Technician $28,434-$36,665*
Diet Clerk $18,115-$20,907
                    *40% of jobs held by people with certificate/associate degrees



The American Dietetic Association:
The Commission on Dietetic Registration:


High School Community College University
  • Food Science
  • Health Careers
  • Food Science
  • Health Studies
  • Human Services (Eating Disorders Counselor)
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Phlebotomy
  • Public Health
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Food Science
  • Health Science
  • Human Services
  • Public Health
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition



Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.



For more information contact Lori Hoolihan