San Diego Holistic Nutrition Schools with Degree Overviews

Research holistic nutrition programs in San Diego, which currently has two schools offering programs. Read an overview of these schools, both less than 10 miles from downtown, and learn about program options and requirements to find out which school is right for you.

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Nutrition Programs at Schools in San Diego

There are only two schools in the San Diego area offering programs related to holistic nutrition. Both are less than 20 minutes from downtown. Their programs are not specifically in holistic nutrition, but contain courses and information related to the subject. Provided before information on the school and programs is a table of facts about each school, such as tuition, total enrollment and the percentage of first-year students who receive financial aid.

  • At Point Loma Nazarene University, students can complete a minor program in nutrition or bachelor's degree programs in nutrition and health or dietetics. This school is about eight miles from downtown San Diego.
  • San Diego Mesa College is about seven miles from the city center. This school offers certificate and associate's degree programs in nutrition and fitness, as well as a certificate program in dietetics and another in nutrition.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table spotlights facts about these schools that potential students should know.

Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego Mesa College
School Type* 4-year; private-not-for-profit 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014)* 3,374 24,159
Campus Setting* Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)* $32,400 $1,142 for in-state students; $4,670 for out-of-state students
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2013-2014)* 90% 67%
Acceptance Rate (2014)* 70% N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2013-2014)* 84% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students 68% for full-time students; 36% for part-time students
Graduation Rate* 73% overall graduation rate (for students who began studies in Fall 2008) 23% overall graduation rate (for students who began studies in Fall 2011)

Source: NCES College Navigator

Point Loma Nazarene University

Founded in 1902, this university has its main campus in San Diego and three regional centers in Bakersfield, Mission Valley and Inland Empire. The Department of Consumer and Family Sciences offers programs that train to students on the role of nutrition in individual, food service management and community health.

Minor in Nutrition

This minor program focuses on overall health as it relates to disease prevention, food and nutrition. The program consists of 20-21 credits of coursework. Students can gain a holistic understanding of topics such as the effects of nutrition in human development, the nutritional wellbeing of women dealing with pregnancy, menopause and other health conditions and the role of nutrition in children and adolescents.

Bachelor of Arts in Nutrition and Food: Nutrition and Health

This degree program is designed to equip students with skills in areas such as implementing food modification plans to meet health needs, providing nutritional counseling to individuals and groups and evaluating cultural trends in diet and food preparation. Students gain hands-on experience by completing coursework in nutrition education and dietary counseling, community nutrition and food service management. These courses involve working in the field with patients and clients, observing community-based food programs, and planning and preparing meals according to organizational standards.

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

The dietetics program consists of 88 credits of major coursework and covers holistic health topics similar to the nutrition and food degree program. This degree program also includes fieldwork in nutrition education and dietary counseling, community nutrition and foodservice management. In addition, students complete a medical nutrition therapy practicum. The program meets the requirements for the American Dietetic Association and prepares students for careers as Registered Dieticians.

San Diego Mesa College

With a student body of nearly 25,000, this is the largest school within the San Diego Community College District. The college's School of Health Sciences and Public Service offers certificate and associate's degree programs that cover topics in holistic nutrition. Coursework offered in these programs are eligible for transfer to a 4-year university.

Certificate of Achievement: Nutrition

This certificate program deals with holistic nutritional aspects, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle through nutrient-rich food sources, preparing healthy foods, consuming supplements, using therapeutic diets to treat diseases and understanding the need for good nutrition to improve performance and fitness. Students are able to learn about these topics through coursework in nutrition and fitness, nutrition and diet therapy, advanced nutrition and foods for healthy living. To earn this certificate, students must complete 24-27 course credits.

Certificate of Achievement: Nutrition and Fitness

Courses offered in this program are geared towards recreational and competitive athletes interested in implementing exercise routines as part of their nutrition and fitness plan. Students learn about aerobic fitness and cardiovascular health, aerobic dance and weight training at it relates to healthy living. Training is also offered in carbohydrate and supplement intake to increase endurance. To graduate from the program, students must participate in a fieldwork experience and complete 18.5-23 credit hours.

Certificate of Achievement: Dietetic Service Supervisor

This certificate program prepares students to work under the supervision of Registered Dieticians in settings such as adult daycare, acute care and assisted-living facilities. The program is certified by the California State Department of Public Health. Students learn how to apply holistic principles in areas such as nutrition and drug interaction, diet modification for medical conditions and nutrient-rich food selection. Student also complete training in commercial cooking in a professional kitchen and a dietetic supervisor practicum at a healthcare facility.

Associate of Science in Nutrition

This degree program consists of 24-27 credit hours of core classes. To earn the degree, students must complete additional courses to earn a total of 60 credits. The curriculum includes the same core courses offered in the certificate program that deals with nutritional choices and healthy living. Students also complete a practicum to earn credits towards the degree.

Associate of Science in Nutrition and Fitness

Students in this program complete the same curriculum offered at the certificate level as well as elective and general education courses. Along with coursework in nutrition and fitness, students learn about anatomy and physiology to better understand the effects of nutrition in the human body. Completion of work experience in the field is also required to earn credits towards this degree.

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