Nutrition and Dietetics

We are what we eat? Maybe not. But we all know that our health and well-being are impacted by our diet. Dieticians and nutritionists work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and private practices creating personalized nutrition programs to create, restore or support the health of patients and clients. You can earn a certificate or an associate degree in nutrition and dietetics to become a technician in the field. With the associate degree, you are eligible to take the national registration exam for dietetic technicians. Dietetic technicians in California earn a median income of $35,700; Dietitians and Nutritionists earn about $59,000. Gain the knowledge you need to put others on a path to good health through a sound diet and good nutrition. Read on to explore your options at OCC.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Nutrition
Quantity Foods Preparation
Sanitation and Safety

Anatomy-Physiology
Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy
Menu Planning and Purchasing

Did you know?

Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in nutrition and dietetics. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Prepare for an entry-level position as a nutrition education assistant at a weight-control clinic, health and exercise spa, gymnasium, community agency concerned with nutrition education or a manufacturer and distributor of nutrition-related products. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for an entry-level position as a nutrition and fitness professional in the health and fitness industry, including at weight loss clinics, sports medicine clinics, health clubs and gyms, corporate fitness and wellness centers, fitness and nutrition programs in schools and at community agencies. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Complete the Nutrition Education Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. Prepare for an entry-level position as a nutrition education assistant at a weight-control clinic, health and exercise spa, gymnasium, community agency concerned with nutrition education or a manufacturer and distributor of nutrition-related products. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for an entry-level position as a nutrition and dietetics technician at a hospital, nursing home, retirement center, public health agency, community health program, food company, or a contract food-management company. After completing this program, you will be prepared to sit for the national Registration Exam for Dietetic Technicians, administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, in order to become credentialed as a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR). View program detail in course catalog.

Earn an Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer Degree to be well-positioned to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major within the California State University system. Students who complete the Nutrition and Dietetics AS-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. View program detail in course catalog.

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To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers online, evening and weekend courses. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes.

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For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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