Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles
On-Campus Day* - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in person on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Day* - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
Blended Delivery - Both On-Campus and Online - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on-campus and some will be done online.
* There may be circumstances that require some day delivery of classes to be scheduled into the evenings.
Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.
Estimated program length is based on the recommended course load per semester as outlined in the Courses tab.
Actual program length will vary based on the number of courses/credits successfully completed per semester.
This program meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program for international students as long as the student is enrolled in the on-campus delivery mode or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for the blended option).
International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.
This program is available to international students, however, program availability may be limited. This program does not meet the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program.
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 program, students will learn about nutrition as it relates to human development and disease, current trends, and the principles of critically evaluating information about nutrition. More advanced topics on nutrition such as sports nutrition, health promotion, adult behaviour change process, and education are also taught. Throughout the program, 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.
Is this the right fit for me?
Students who experience success in this program and profession:
- have higher secondary and/or post-secondary grades
- demonstrate a person interest in nutrition and health
- have strong leadership potential, and effective communication skills in English
- may possess previous professional or volunteer experience in a health or wellness-related setting
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.
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Graduates can pursue job opportunities in corporate, community or school health and wellness programs, fitness centres, weight management clinics or retail food outlets. Potential positions include:
- nutritional consultant
- health coach
- registered dietitian (additional education needed)
- food scientist
Tuition and fees
- Year 1: $9,006.50
- Year 1: $18,737.98
Final costs are dependent on the number of course credits a student takes per semester.
You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.
When do classes start?
|Classes begin||Year start date||Year end date|
|Fall 2022||Sept. 6, 2022||April 28, 2023|
Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.
- Fall 2022 start: applications opened on Oct. 6, 2021.
Please note: Fall 2022 will be the last intake for this program.
Completion of the following courses or equivalents with an overall average of at least 60%:
- Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 and
- English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 and
- Chemistry 20 or Science 20 or Physics 30 or Biology 30
SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions. Find more information here.
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.
Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.
This program meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program for international students as long as the student is enrolled in the on-campus delivery mode or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for the blended option). International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.
Communication during admission
Email is the primary source of communication during the admission process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.
We recommend you add email@example.com domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.
Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue
|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 & Controversies||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.
The opportunity to advance your education through transfer in, within or on from SAIT is available.
Visit transfer options to learn more.
Domestic tuition and fees
Cost per credit: $335
|Year||Number of semesters||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees*||Total|
International tuition and fees
Cost per credit: $767.51
|Year||Number of semesters||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees*||Total|
*Maximum fee. Actual fees may be less and are based on the number of credits a student takes per semester and whether they opt-out of health and dental benefits.
- Campus athletic and recreation fee: $196
- Universal transit pass (Upass): $320
- Student support fee: $200
- Student technology fee: $200
Student Association fee
- Maximum: $291
This is the maximum amount the student will pay. Actual fees may be less and are based on the number of credits the students take per semester.
Health and dental fees
- Health plan: $127
- Dental plan: $135
Students with existing health and/or dental plans can opt-out. Please refer to Saitsa's website for information.
Books and supplies*
Books and supplies are approximately$1000 per full-time year.
For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a computer that meets the program's hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
Learn more about tuition and financial aid.
*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.
✅ Plan ahead ❗️
You are required to complete several health, confidentiality and consent forms before starting your program. All completed and signed paperwork is needed on orientation day.
Ensure you complete all three steps below ahead of orientation.
Your program orientation (ORNT 118) will be held on campus on Aug. 31. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.
Learn more about campus orientation.
How to register for classes
Course registration opens on Tuesday, Nov. 15 for Winter 2023.
You’ll receive an email from us indicating what registration process you’ll use to enroll in your classes.
Learn more about how to register and the different registration methods used at SAIT.
Computers and laptops
This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
To support your success, short courses are available to you to help prepare you for the academic year:
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.
Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.
Students taking a full-time course load, or more than nine (9) credits per semester, will be automatically enrolled in these courses.
They are optional for students taking a part-time course load (9 or fewer credits per semester). Part-time students can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.
Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase is required this term.
Next steps for all students
Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!
Important dates and deadlines
Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.