Nutrition Programs Offered at Long Beach-Area Schools
A nutritionist, whether holistic or traditional, typically has a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. This article looks at three schools no more than 55 minutes from downtown Long Beach. All offer general programs that can prepare graduates to work in holistic nutrition. Students with nutrition degrees may need to complete additional courses to be fully recognized as nutritionists. In addition to information on these programs, this article includes a table of facts about each school, such as enrollment, tuition and graduation rates. Prospective students can use this data as they consider which school to attend. Information on one other area school that offers nutrition courses is included at the end of this article.
- California State University - Long Beach offers a bachelor's degree program in dietetics and food administration with an option to specialize in nutrition. It also offers a master's degree in nutrition science. This school is about eight miles from downtown Long Beach.
- Pepperdine University is in Malibu, almost 45 miles from Long Beach. It has a bachelor's degree program in nutrition science.
- Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa offers three certificate programs in various areas of nutrition, including nutrition education. This school is 26 miles from Long Beach's downtown area.
Comparison of Schools
This table offers information that prospective students should know as they make decisions regarding their education.
|California State University - Long Beach||Pepperdine University||Orange Coast College|
|School Type||Four-year, public||Four-year, private not-for-profit||Two-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||37,622*||7,710*||22,156*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Midsize city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$6,730 in-state; $18,610 out-of-state*||$51,992*||$1,186 in-state; $7,690 out-of-state*|
|% of First-time Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||80%*||86%*||55%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||28% *||40% *||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)||88% for full-time; 66% for part-time students*||90% for full-time*||74% for full-time; 54% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||69% (2% transfer-out) (for students who began their studies in 2011)*||85% (for students who began their studies in 2011)*||39% (12% transfer-out) (for students who began their studies in 2014)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
California State University - Long Beach
Known since 1972 as California State University - Long Beach, the school serves nearly 38,000 students on its 322-acre campus on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The school's 63 academic departments include the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, which offers multiple health-related programs, including ones in nutrition science.
Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Food Administration with an Option in Nutrition and Dietetics
This undergraduate program focuses on the scientific and sociological aspects of food. In addition to nutritional science, students take courses in community nutrition and medical nutrition therapy. Completion of the program, with certain electives, allows students to become registered dieticians with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics once they have met postbaccalaureate internship requirements.
Master of Science in Nutritional Science
Four emphases are available for students in this graduate-level nutrition program, including Latino health and nutrition, nutritional science and food science. Students can also partake in a 'dietetic internship' emphasis within the degree program. Entrance into the program requires that students have a bachelor's in nutrition, dietetics or a similar field. A 3.0 GPA or better should have been earned in the last 60 credits of the bachelor's program, and the applicant must have earned a minimum of '4' on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) analytical writing section.
Located northwest of Long Beach in Malibu, Pepperdine University is associated with the Churches of Christ. In addition to the 830-acre Malibu campus, Pepperdine also runs programs in Washington D.C., Europe, Argentina, China, and throughout Southern California.
Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science
The nutritional science bachelor's program provides both a didactic curriculum for theoretical learning and a practical structure for hands-on training as nutrition professionals. The first year includes a core curriculum of chemistry, math and introductory nutrition training. Later courses cover advanced dietetics and medical nutrition therapy. The curriculum also includes a number of non-nutritional courses, such as microbiology, food production and biostatistics.
Orange Coast College
Orange Coast College has over 135 academic programs. Located south of Long Beach in Costa Mesa, this community college ranks number one in Orange County for the number of students transferred to California State University and the University of California systems.
Certificate of Achievement - Nutrition Education
This program prepares students to counsel at places of employment such as weight control clinics, gyms and health spas. Roughly 30 credits of instruction introduce students to nutrition therapy, anatomy and cultural foods. Possible electives include child growth and development, fitness and visual presentation. At the end of the program, students partake in a supervised practice.
Certificate of Achievement - Nutrition and Fitness Education
Students in this program learn how to provide nutritional counseling to individuals in places including sports medicine clinics, wellness centers and schools. The school recommends that students combine this certificate with the fitness specialist certificate. Students could extend their education in this field by securing an associate's degree.
Other School Option
Located about 24 miles from Long Beach is the Southern California University of Health Sciences, which offers a nutrition concentration as part of its Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program.