Nutrition Specialist I

Quick Facts

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 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 A.A.S. degree in Dietetic Technician

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 Dietetic Technician 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.

For more details, see 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


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
Dietetic Technician 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 October 30, 2023