Nutrition Specialist I

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Nutrition specialists promote nutrition and healthy eating to the general population.

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Our Program

Why Choose Nutrition Specialist I?

  • Use your knowledge of nutrition & food preparation to help others lead healthier lives
  • Use your skills in a variety of settings, such as:
    • Healthcare
    • Fitness centers
    • Schools
    • Community agencies
  • 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 (formerly Dietetic Technician) Program & advancing in your career

Prepare for What You Will Do at Work

  • Promote nutrition & healthy eating lifestyles
  • Interview clients on eating habits
  • Plan & modify menus for healthy eating
  • Demonstrate healthy cooking techniques

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 certificate program.


You can complete this certificate:

  • By itself and without completing a degree
  • As an elective for your Associate of Arts degree
  • As part of your Nutrition & Dietetics A.A.S. degree

Transfer to a Registered Dietitian Program

We encourage you complete to complete certificates in both Healthy Meal Planning and Nutrition Specialist I if you are completing the A.A. degree and plan to transfer to our Nutrition & Dietetics A.A.S..

Stackable Certificates

You will also able to earn the following Occupational Skills Award as you complete the program requirements.

Courses within the Nutrition Specialist I certificate 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


Level 1

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

2023–2024 Academic Year

Degree or Certificate Program Title Semester Credit Hours Total Tuition & Fees
CRT1 Nutrition Specialist I 16 $1,104


  • 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