Food and Nutrition Coach

Do I need to apply to this program?

This 43-hour certificate program is open admission. You do not have to fill out a program application. 


How to I enroll in this program?

Complete your TCC Active Apply Admission Application and select this certificate as your major.


What is this certificate?

You can complete this certificate:

  • By itself and without completing a degree
  • As part of your A.A.S. degree in Dietetic Technician

The curriculum for the Food & Nutrition Coach certificate gives you the knowledge and training you need to help individuals develop a healthy eating lifestyle and to be a competent entry-level nutrition professional.


What topics are covered?

  • Nutrient digestion and absorption
  • Basic food preparation techniques
  • Nutrition requirements of individuals
  • Estimating nutrition requirements
  • Nutrition interviewing
  • Nutrition screening and assessment
  • Planning and documenting nutrition care
  • Nutrition counseling and instructions
  • Menu planning for different conditions
  • Recipes and menu modifications
  • Medical nutrition therapies


What does a Food & Nutrition Coach do?

Roles and responsibilities of a Food & Nutrition Coach include:

  • Planning meals for a specific health conditions
  • Providing supermarket tours
  • Demonstrating healthy cooking techniques
  • Teaching individual and group nutrition classes
  • Motivating clients for lifestyle changes
  • Developing nutrition programs
  • Participating in community events
  • Writing nutrition articles and blogs
  • Promoting nutrition and healthy eating
  • Advising on weight management and chronic disease prevention


How can I use this certificate?

This 43-hour certificate will help you use your skills in a variety of settings, including:

  • County extension offices
  • Head Start centers
  • Afterschool programs
  • Fitness facilities
  • Grocery stores and health food store
  • Specialty meal delivery programs
  • Companies with wellness programs

Most Food & Nutrition Coaches are self-employed and have contracts for various nutrition services.  

Become a Dietetic Technician, Registered

You are strongly encouraged to follow this certificate with the Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) credential by applying to our Dietetic Technician Program.

Certificate completers are not eligible for the DTR credential without completing the Dietetic Technician program requirements.

Licensing laws on nutrition services providers vary from state to state. Check with your state licensing board prior to providing individual nutrition services. 


What are the program requirements?


Total Hours: 43 semester hours

See the list of required coursesListen (PDF will open in a new window)

You must be TSI Compliant prior to completion of certificate.

Practicum: Supervised Practice

Practicum provides supervised practice experience in real life situations. You are required to complete 1 practicum course, with a minimum of 150 hours

Learn more: Practicum Details and the Additional Requirements for participation in Practicum courses.


How much will this program cost?

Program Component Estimated Cost
Tuition $ 2,365
Books 2,000
Uniforms and Shoes 250
Background check 25
Drug Screen 50
Professional organization membership 50
CPR Certification 50
Total $4,790


Updated November 24, 2015


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