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Students study the fundamentals for human nutrition.

Nutrition For Healthy Lifestyles

Open for Fall 2018

Length: 8 Months
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Train to become a nutrition consultant for health and wellness programs at fitness centres or weight management clinics through courses focused on nutrition, disease prevention and health coaching.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $7,534
Year 1 (International): $15,836

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available. 

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2018 open Oct. 18, 2017.
TermProgram start
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

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As public demand for healthier foods and accurate nutrition information increases, the need for trained consultants in nutrition is critical. Proper nutrition is central to a positive and healthy lifestyle. The Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles program is ideal for professionals currently working in health and wellness-related areas such as health coaching, education, health promotion, culinary and fitness.

Program Details

Program Description  

As public demand for healthier foods and accurate nutrition information increases, the need for trained consultants in nutrition is critical. Proper nutrition is central to a positive and healthy lifestyle. The Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles program is ideal for professionals currently working in health and wellness-related areas such as health coaching, education, health promotion, culinary and fitness.

In this eight-month certificate program, students spend approximately 16 hours per week on campus attending theory-based courses. Nutrition, as it relates to human development and disease, current trends and the principles of critically evaluating information about nutrition are the focus of the first semester. More advanced topics on nutrition such as sports nutrition, health promotion, adult behaviour change process and education are taught in the second semester. Students will be provided with hands-on experience modifying and evaluating recipes for specific population needs and will complete a special project related to their areas of interest in healthy living.

Online elements of the program require that students have a personal computer and access to the Internet.

Your Career

Graduates often work as nutrition educators in corporate, community or school health and wellness programs, fitness centres, weight management clinics, or retail food outlets. Please note that this program does not qualify students to work as Registered Dietitians

Student Success

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT's programs.

Students who experience success in this program demonstrate a personal interest in nutrition and health, have strong leadership potential and effective communication skills in English.

Previous work or volunteer experience in a health or wellness related field is an asset.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles certificate.

Accreditation

Graduates will also have the opportunity to write the Government of Alberta Food Safety and Sanitation exam to receive certification in food safety and sanitation.

Graduates carry out unique roles in health promotion, for which there is not currently an accreditation body.

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 18, 2017.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents with an overall average of at least 60%:

  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2,
  • Chemistry 20 or Science 20 or Physics 30 or Biology 30.
  • All applicants to SAIT must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.
  • A minimum of 30 seats will be offered for the fall intake.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Health and Wellness Status

Due to the demanding nature of the work in the health care field and Occupational Health and Safety requirements, the health care field has a strong focus on health and wellness. Students with a medical condition or disability that may impact them in a practicum setting are strongly advised to discuss concerns with the program academic chair and/or SAIT Accessibility Services as soon as possible upon acceptance into the program. Please review the attached document for guidance on entering an allied health program with a medical condition or disability. 

Courses

Program Outline

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMM-208 Communication and Presentation Skills 1.5
FSAN-255 Food Safety and Sanitation 1.5
NUTR-201 Human Nutrition Fundamentals 3.0
NUTR-216 Nutrition Trends & Controversy 1.5
NUTR-225 Lifecycle Nutrition 1.5
PROJ-240 Experiential Project Preparation 1.5
Semester 1 Total 10.5

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ADED-250 Adult Education Principles & Design 3.0
NUTR-250 Sports and Fitness Nutrition 1.5
NUTR-267 Health Coaching 1.5
NUTR-268 Health Promotion in Nutrition 1.5
NUTR-281 Nutrition Adaptions 3.0
PROJ-250 Experiential Learning Project 1.5
Semester 2 Total 12.0
Program Total 22.5

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $7,534 - - $7,534

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $15,836 - - $15,836

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: N/A
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): You may be eligible to purchase a UPass.

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: N/A
Dental Plan: N/A
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): N/A

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $750.
  • Students must have a personal computer and access to the Internet. Most classes are taught at SAIT, but some require online access. All courses require additional self‐study.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Contact Information

School of Health and Public Safety
403.284.8500
hps.info@sait.ca