Nutrition Certificate Program



The Nutrition Certificate program prepares students for a wide variety of dietary needs and employment opportunities. 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, nutritional supplement sales, and drug abuse clinics.

Certificate Course Guide

Course ID Title Units
    FCS 115 Consumer Issues  
  OR 3
    FCS 142 Life Management  
CWE 180*† Cooperative Work Experience: Foods and Nutrition 2
FN 50† Fundamentals of Nutrition 3
FN 64 Nutrition Issues and Controversies 3
FN 110* Food Preparation Essentials 3
FN 120* Contemporary Meals 3
FN 160 Nutrition, Weight Management, and Eating Disorders 3
FN 164 Sports Nutrition 2
    FN 171 Sanitation and Safety 2
    FN 210 Servsafe in Food Production 1
    FN 230* Vegetarian Cuisine 2
    FN 232* Techniques of Health Cooking 2
Total   25-26

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.
†Foods and Nutrition 50 recommended prior to CWE 180.

For more detailed information on certificates please view the course catalog under Nutrition


Associate Degree

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.


With the completion of an Associate Degree or satisfying transfer requirements to a University, there are opportunities to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition.  


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: (link is external)
The Commission on Dietetic Registration: (link is external)
US Department of Agriculture Choose My Plate: