Healthy Meal Planning

Quick Facts

Healthy meal planning teaches you how to create menus that meet the nutritional requirements for you and your family as well as for clients or patients with whom you work.

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Our Program

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
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

Before You Enroll, Think About:

Open Enrollment

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.

Stackable Certificates

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.

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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 Program Title Semester Credit Hours Total Tuition & Fees
OSA Healthy Meal Planning 9 $621


  • 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

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!


Southeast Campus

Christina Liew-Newville, Ed.D., R.D., L.D.
Dietetics Program Coordinator
Nutrition & Dietetics Program Director


Southeast Campus

Denise Blevins, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Dietary Manager Program Coordinator


Southeast Campus

Lynda Fox-Arnold, M.S.
Career Advisor


Southeast Campus

Dietetics Program

Call 817-515-3051

Updated February 02, 2024