Healthy Meal Planning
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Why Choose Healthy Meal Planning?
- Learn basics of nutrition & digestion
- Learn about healthy vs. undesirable food choices for yourself or for your work
- Gain hands-on nutrition counseling & dietetics work experience through patient simulation activities & practicum courses
- Enter the food & nutrition field right away—with the option of applying your certificate toward our Nutrition & Dietetics, A.A.S. (formerly Dietetic Technician) & advancing in your career
Prepare for What You Will Do at Work
- Promote nutrition & healthy eating lifestyles
- Modify recipes & menus for healthy eating
- Use commercial kitchen equipment to prepare food
Marketable Skills You Will Learn
- Critical thinking
- Personal & social responsibility
- Computer literacy
Before You Enroll, Think About:
You do not have to fill out a program application for this Occupational Skills Award (OSA) program
You can complete this OSA:
- By itself and without completing a degree
- As part of your Nutrition & Dietetics, A.A.S. degree
- As an elective for your Associate of Arts degree
Transfer to a Registered Dietitian Program
We recommend you complete certificates in both Healthy Meal Planning and Nutrition Specialist I if you are completing the A.A. degree and plan to transfer to a Registered Dietitian program.
Courses within the Healthy Meal Planning Occupational Skills Award (OSA) are also part of the requirements of the following programs. You can easily complete additional courses to earn the following certificates and degree.
Licensing Notice: Texas House Bill 1508
This program prepares you for an occupational license. However, you may not be eligible for licensing if you have a prior criminal history.
For more details, see:
- 2022–2024 Catalog: Texas House Bill 1508 Licensing Requirements
- 2024–2026 Catalog: Texas House Bill 1508 Licensing Requirements
Want more details?
Have accessibility questions about this handbook? Call the Dietetics Department at 817-515-3051.
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Degrees & Certificates
Occupational Skills Award (OSA)
How Much Time & Money to Finish?
2023–2024 Academic Year
|Degree or Certificate
|Semester Credit Hours
|Total Tuition & Fees
|Healthy Meal Planning
- Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
- Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.
Continuing Education Programs
Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.
Earn More Choices & More Money
Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to promotion opportunities.
For example, you will be ready to work toward:
- Bachelor of Science in Nutrition or Dietetics
- Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion, Health Education, or Wellness
- Bachelor of Science in Public Health
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Start on Your Pathway!
Christina Liew-Newville, Ed.D., R.D., L.D.
Dietetics Program Coordinator
Nutrition & Dietetics Program Director
Denise Blevins, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Dietary Manager Program Coordinator
Lynda Fox-Arnold, M.S.
Updated February 02, 2024