Nutrition Assistant Certificate of Achievement - Active
Department: Health Education
Approval: December 2018
Effective Semester: Fall 2019
The Nutrition Assistant Program values the promotion of healthy living through education, nutrition resources, meal programs, outreach, and referral in our diverse multi-ethnic populations.  The program is committed to train students to provide culturally sensitive, quality nutrition care to help clients achieve optimal health and well-being at every stage of life. Graduates of the program work as entry-level nutrition staff in public health and health care settings, such as Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Programs, senior nutrition programs, public health agencies, University of California Cooperative Extension, schools and child care settings, hospitals and other health care facilities. Others may continue their educational pathway to transfer, or pursue a degree in dietetics, public health, or other related fields. 
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

Admission to the program is based on the following:

1. Graduation from an accredited high school or have passed the G.E.D. test or have passed the California High School Proficiency examination.

2. Completion of HLTH 170, Introduction to Dietetics Profession, with a grade of "C" or higher.

3. Recommended completion of ENGL 88 or ESL 186 or placement in ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English. 

All applicants to the program must enroll in HLTH 170 which is offered the first five weeks of the fall semester. 

Internship:  Students must complete HLTH 175 Professional Skills for Nutrition Assistants, and HLTH 175W Nutrition Assistant Field Experience, a 10-week long internship of at least 160 hours with an agency providing nutrition services, under the mentorship of registered dietitians or other qualified nutrition professionals, and HLTH 175L, Nutrition Assistant Clinic providing 16 hours lab experience at the CCSF Student Health Center. 

The minimum time for completion of this certificate is 2 semesters plus 1 month.  HLTH 175 and HLTH 175W are late-start courses that extend 5 weeks past the end of the regular semester. Completion time will vary based on student preparation and number of classes completed per semester.  

Courses Required for the Certificate of Achievement in Nutrition Assistant
Course Units
First Semester (Fall):
HLTH 170 - Introduction to Dietetics Profession 1.00
BIO 134 - Introduction to Nutrition for Health Sciences 3.00
HLTH 172 - Foodways, Nutrition & Health 3.00
Total: 7.00
Second Semester (Spring):
HLTH 173 - Life Span Nutrition & Assessment 4.00
HLTH 174A - Intro to Clinical Nutrition 2.00
HLTH 174B - Community Nutrition 2.00
HLTH 175 - Professional Skills for Nutrition Assistants 2.00
HLTH 175W - Nutrition Assistant Field Experience 2.50
HLTH 175L - Nutrition Assistant Clinic 0.50
Total: 13.00
Total: 20.00