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.
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.
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.
Credentials and accreditation
After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles certificate.
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.
The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic
To learn more, visit Transfer Options.
Admission and Selection
- Applications are accepted until the program start date.
- Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 18, 2017.
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 evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada.
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.
|Course Code||Course Name||Credit|
|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|
|Semester 1 Total||10.5|
|Course Code||Course Name||Credit|
|ADED-250||Adult Education Principles & Design||3.0|
|NUTR-250||Sports and Fitness Nutrition||1.5|
|NUTR-268||Health Promotion in Nutrition||1.5|
|PROJ-250||Experiential Learning Project||1.5|
|Semester 2 Total||12.0|
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.
Domestic Tuition and Fees*
|Year||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||SAITSA fees||2018/18 total|
International Tuition and Fees*
|Year||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||SAITSA fees||2018/19 total|
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.
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