Food, Nutrition & Wellness

Programs of Study

Nutrition

Curriculum
Transfer to Metropolitan State University of Denver
Offered in the Classroom & 100% Online

Food, Nutrition & Wellness

Curriculum
Direct to Work, Stackable
Offered in the Classroom & 100% Online

About the Program

Nutrition is a fascinating and dynamic science with a powerful role to play in promoting and sustaining health and wellness. An Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in nutrition prepares you to use your knowledge to educate individuals, patients, and their communities on healthy behaviors, wellness, and appropriate food choices. This two-year program prepares you for transfer or entry-level food and nutrition-related positions.

Earn your A.A.S. in nutrition! It will provide you with a wide range of career opportunities, including dietary manager, nutrition support services, nutrition service aid, dietary aid, food co-ops, health clubs & spas, health food stores, wellness education and nutrition product sales. The job growth outlook in this field is estimated to increase by 15 percent over the next eight years.

62 credits

Program Highlights

  • You'll automatically earn a certificate in food, nutrition and wellness at the end of your first year when following the suggested degree pathway.
  • CCD has an articulation agreement with MSU Denver where your A.A.S. will seamlessly transfer.
  • Continue on to a four-year degree and you'll be prepared for career opportunities such as a registered dietitian, food safety specialist, food scientist, nutritionist, nutrition product development, public health nutritionist or educator. 
  • *Some careers and occupations require additional training, certification or education.
  • Scholarship opportunities are available for transfer and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students.

8 credits

In our three-course certificate program, you will explore various approaches to health and wellness by studying the concepts, values and applications of this exciting field of health science. In the first two courses, you will learn the fundamentals of nutrition, explore what it means to eat healthily, discover how to efficiently plan meals and grocery shop, and gain techniques that will make cooking fun, easy and enjoyable. In the third and final course, you will focus on fitness and wellness, which will provide a foundation to design, implement, and evaluate a complete personal fitness and wellness program.

This certificate is relevant to you if you are pursuing an education in nutrition or health-related fields, including healthcare professionals, nutritionists, personal trainers, wellness coaches, massage therapists, life coaches, teachers, caregivers, or any individual with an interest in food, diet and optimal health. You can use the certificate for an entry-level position, to continue your education towards an A.A.S. degree in nutrition or to enhance education or job opportunities in current positions.

This certificate is not eligible for federal student aid, but scholarships are available for short certificates at CCD. 

Many states require dietitians and nutritionist to be licensed. This certificate does not meet licensure eligibility requirements for registered dietitians.

Accreditation

Many states require dietitians and nutritionist to be licensed. The certificate does not meet licensure eligibility requirements for registered dietitians.

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. The certificate program offers 100 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?
303.352.6785 | TLC@ccd.edu

Course & Program Fees

Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. High-cost course fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs and are embedded within your general tuition.

Course Fees

The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. The following courses have additional fees: 

Course Description Fee
HWE 100, HWE 124, HWE 143 High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)
WEL 101 Material/shop fee $258.00 (flat)
WEL 102 Material/shop fee $237.00 (flat)
WEL 103 Material/shop fee $104.00 (flat)
WEL 104, WEL 110, WEL 111 Material/shop fee $158.00 (flat)
WEL 124 Material/shop fee $156.00 (flat)
WEL 125 Material/shop fee $258.00 (flat)
WEL 202 Material/shop fee $141.00 (flat)
WEL 224 Material/shop fee $156.00 (flat)
WEL 230 Material/shop fee $250.00 (flat)

Online Course Fees

A separate fee is used to absorb the cost of any lab kits needed for lab-based online courses. This fee eliminates the need for students to purchase lab kits separately.

Course Description Fee
HWE 143 Food Handlers Certificate $10.00 (flat)

Financial Aid Eligibility

The nutrition A.A.S is eligible for federal financial aid. However, the food, wellness & nutrition certificate is not eligible for federal student aid.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at CCD.edu/Scholarships. There are even special scholarships available for short certificates, like our certificate in food, wellness & nutrition. Learn more about our short certificate scholarship program.

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal financial aid application. Walk-in hours are offered every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Four-Year Transfer Agreements

CCD and Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) have developed a pathway from an A.A.S. in nutrition to a Bachelor of Science in nutrition. The A.A.S. degree can be completed in two years at CCD with the remaining two years to complete the B.S. at MSU Denver.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Continue on to a four-year degree and you'll be prepared for career opportunities such as a registered dietitian, food safety specialist, food scientist, nutritionist, nutrition product development, public health nutritionist, or educator. The job growth outlook in this field is estimated to increase by 15 percent over the next eight years.

Career Opportunities for the Associate of Applied Science in Nutrition

There are several career paths with a nutrition degree. You can transfer to a four-year institution to obtain a bachelor's degree in nutrition or relevant field. Although you might choose to go on to become a nutritionist, there are numerous other nutrition careers that can be pursued:

Clinical Nutritionist
Dietetic Consultant
Dietitian

Food Service Manager
Nutritionist
Pharmaceutical Sales Rep

Career Opportunities for Certificate in Food, Nutrition & Wellness

This certificate is relevant to you if you are pursuing an education in nutrition or health-related fields, including healthcare professionals, nutritionists, personal trainers, wellness coaches, massage therapists, life coaches, teachers, caregivers, or any individual with an interest in food, diet and optimal health. You can use the certificate for an entry-level position, to continue your education towards an A.A.S. degree in nutrition or to enhance education or job opportunities in current positions. Some entry-level job examples include:

Dietary aid
Diet counselor
Dietary assistant
Drug & alcohol abuse centers
Food co-ops
Gyms/health clubs & spas

Health food stores
Kitchen & nutrition service positions in school districts
Nursing homes
Nutrition education: preschool, elementary
Nutrition product sales
Work wellness coordinator

With Further Education & Experience

Some careers and occupations require additional training, certification or education. Some include:

Dietetic technician
Employee wellness counselor
Food & nutrition service positions
Nutrition communications specialist

Nutrition counselor
Public health & community agencies
Recreation programs

Learn more about this career path by visiting CCD's Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

If you obtain a certificate, you can expect to earn $12-$16 per hour. The median hourly wage for food preparation workers was $10.93 in May 2017.

With an A.A.S. in nutrition, the median annual wage for food service managers was $52,030 in May 2017. The median annual wage for dietitians and nutritionists with a bachelor's degree was $59,410 in May 2017.

The information provided here is by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Stackable

The certificate in food, nutrition and wellness seamlessly transfers to the Associate of Applied Science in nutrition. Complete a certificate and start working while you study and finish your associate degree.