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Students study the fundamentals for human nutrition.

Nutrition For Healthy Lifestyles

Open for Fall 2020

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: $8,755

Year 1 (International): $17,907

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

Full costs

Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 

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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.

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.

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.

Transfer options

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

Contact

Have questions about this specific program?

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

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.

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.

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.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

Courses

Program outline

View additional Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Semester 1

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
NUTR-225 Lifecycle Nutrition 1.5
PROF-242  Workplace Professionalism 1.5
Semester 1 total 10.5

Semester 2

Course code Course name Credit
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*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $7,533 $682 $288 $252 $8,755

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $16,477 $682 $288 $460 $17,907

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame.

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

✅ 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.

Get started on pre-orientation requirements

Fall 2020

Orientation date

Thusday, Aug. 29

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Delivery 

All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

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

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

Other requirements 

  • Health and wellness status

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices and SAFE 165: Safety at SAIT. 

Required textbooks

The Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.8481 
Email: hps.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

Patricia Reader-Downey, Academic Chair
Email:  patricia.reader-downey@sait.ca

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