The Nutrition Assistant Program values the promotion of healthy living through education,nutrition resources, meal programs, outreach, and referral in our diverse multiethnic populations. The program is committed to train students to provide culturally sensitive, quality nutrition care to help clients achieve optimal health and wellbeing at every stage of life. Graduates of the program work as entry-level nutrition staff in public health and healthcare settings, such as Women,Infants, & Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Programs, senior nutrition programs, public health agencies, University of California CooperativeExtension, 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.
Approximately 15-20 students earn Nutrition Assistant Certificates Achievement annually. We are currently adjusting the program to be available partially online and scheduling it during the early evening hours in order to increase enrollment.
The goal of the Nutrition Assist program is to prepare students to to provide culturally sensitive, quality nutrition care to help clients achieve optimal health and wellbeing at every stage of life. Graduates of the program work as entry-level nutrition staff in public health and healthcare settings.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
(Y1 or S1)
|HLTH 170||Introduction to Dietetics Profession||1||S1|
|HLTH 172||Foodways, Nutrition and Health||3||S1|
|HLTH 173||Life Span Nutrition & Assessment||4||S2|
|Intro to Clinical Nutrition|
Professional Skills for Nutrition Assistants
Nutrition Assistant Clinic
Nutrition Assistant Field Experience
|BIO 134||Introduction to Nutrition for Health Sciences||S1 or prior|
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 ENGL 1A or ESL 188.
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
|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|
|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|