Nutrition

Center for Health Sciences at Lowry
CCD.edu/Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutrition is a fascinating and dynamic science with a powerful role to play in promoting and sustaining health and wellness. An Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in nutrition prepares you to educate individuals, patients and your community on healthy behaviors, wellness and appropriate food choices.

In this two-year program, you’ll be prepared for transfer or an entry-level nutrition-related position.

Earn your A.A.S. in nutrition! It will provide you with a wide range of career opportunities, including dietary aid, food co-ops, health clubs & spas, health food stores, wellness education and nutrition product sales. The job growth outlook in this field is estimated to increase by 15 percent over the next eight years.

CCD and Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) have developed a pathway from an A.A.S. in nutrition to a Bachelor of Science in nutrition. The A.A.S. degree can be completed in two years at CCD with the remaining two years to complete the B.S. at MSU Denver. Required chemistry courses CHE 2100 & CHE 2150 (Intro to Organic and Bio-Chemistry with lab) along with NUT 1800 (Careers in Dietetics and Nutrition) will be taken at MSU Denver while still being a CCD student through an inter-institutional agreement. An additional 3 credit NUT elective can be taken at MSU Denver if you desire to get a head start on the B.S. degree while still being a CCD student.

Students interested or enrolled in this program will need to follow the recommended degree pathway. You are encouraged to meet with your CCD academic advisor and the health and wellness program director. CCD and MSU Denver advising team will work together to answer your questions and you will attend a transfer/admission event during their first year in the program. 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • You’ll automatically earn CCD’s certificate in food, nutrition and wellness at the end of your first year.
  • CCD has an articulation agreement with MSU Denver where your A.A.S. will seamlessly transfer.
  • Continue on to a four-year degree* and you’ll be prepared for career opportunities such as a registered dietitian, food safety specialist, food scientist, nutritionist, nutrition product development, public health nutritionist and educator.

Some careers and occupations require additional training, certification or education.

COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 3
MAT 135 Intro to Statistics: GT-MA1 3
HWE 100 Human Nutrition 3
HWE 124 Fitness and Wellness 2
COM 125 Interpersonal Communication 3
 Subtotal14
Second Semester
ENG 122 English Composition II: GT-CO2 3
BIO 111 General College Biology I with Lab: GT-SC1 5
HWE 143 Applied Nutrition to Whole Food Cooking 3
Choose One Chemistry Class 5
Introduction to Chemistry I with Lab: GT-SC1  
General College Chemistry I with Lab: GT-SC1  
 Subtotal16
Third Semester
PSY 101 General Psychology I: GT-SS3 3
BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I: GT-SC1 4
NUT 3400 at MSU Denver 1 3
Choose One History Course (GT-H1) 3
20th Century World History: GT-HI1  
Western Civilization: 1650-Present: GT-HI1  
The World: Antiquity-1500: GT-HI1  
The World: 1500-Present: GT-HI1  
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1-4) 3
Art Appreciation: GT-AH1  
World Mythology: GT-AH2  
Introduction to Literature I: GT-AH2  
Survey of African American Literature: GT-AH2  
Intro to Philosophy: GT-AH3  
Ethics: GT-AH3  
 Subtotal16
Fourth Semester
BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab: GT-SC1 4
CHE 2100 MSU Denver 1 4
CHE 2150 MSU Denver 1 1
NUT 1800 MSU Denver 1 1
Choose One Social & Behavioral Sciences Course (GT-SS 1-3) 3
Medical Anthropology: GT-SS3  
General Psychology II: GT-SS3  
Human Growth and Development: GT-SS3  
Abnormal Psychology: GT-SS3  
Introduction to Sociology I: GT-SS3  
FYE Introduction to Sociology II: GT-SS3  
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH 1-4) 3
Art Appreciation: GT-AH1  
World Mythology: GT-AH2  
Introduction to Literature I: GT-AH2  
Survey of African American Literature: GT-AH2  
Intro to Philosophy: GT-AH3  
Ethics: GT-AH3  
 Subtotal16
 Total Credits62

Center for Health Sciences at Lowry
CCD.edu/Nutrition

Community College of Denver currently offers two certificates degrees in nutrition.

Food, Nutrition & Wellness

**This program is not eligible for federal student aid.**

Nutrition is a fascinating and dynamic science with a powerful role to play in promoting and sustaining health and wellness. In this three-course certificate, you will explore various approaches to health and wellness through studying the concepts, values and applications of this exciting field of health science. In the first two courses, you will learn the fundamentals of nutrition, explore what it means to eat healthily, discover how to efficiently meal plan and grocery shop, and obtain techniques that will make cooking fun, easy and enjoyable! In the third and final course, you will focus on fitness and wellness, which will provide a foundation to design, implement and evaluate a complete personal fitness and wellness program.

This certificate is relevant for you if you are interested in pursuing an education in nutrition or health-related fields, health care professionals, nutritionists, personal trainers, wellness coaches, massage therapists, life coaches, teachers, caregivers; or if you have an interest in food, diet and optimal health.

PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Meet minimum assessment scores and/or prerequisites for courses in the program.

COURSE MAP

HWE 100Human Nutrition3
HWE 124Fitness and Wellness2
HWE 143Applied Nutrition to Whole Food Cooking3
Total Credits8

Certified Dietary Manager  

Students who hold a two-year or four-year college degree in foodservice management, nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel-restaurant management are eligible to take only specific DIT or HWE course(s) that meet an exam eligibility requirements based on pathway options provided by the CBDM (Fast-Track pathway). You must meet with the program chair for course approval prior to registering for classes. Transcripts must be submitted to program chair prior to enrollment; transcript requirements must include a minimum of one course in nutrition and two courses in foodservice management to be eligible to take the CDM exam.

DIT 121Nutrition for Dietary Managers4
DIT 123Management for Dietary Managers4
Choose One Elective Course3
Human Nutrition
Applied Nutrition to Whole Food Cooking
DIT 180Field Experience: Nutrition1
DIT 181Field Experience: Human Resources Management2
DIT 182Field Experience: Sanitation and Management of Food Systems2
Total Credits16

 

Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) professionals are nationally recognized experts at managing food service operations. When you earn the credential, you prove your competence in the areas of food service management, personnel and communication, nutrition, sanitation and safety, and business operations.

CCD Offers Two Pathway Options for Certified Dietary Managers:

Pathway I

  • No college degree is necessary to start this program
  • No institutional food service experience
  • Apply & enroll in our 16-credit CDM Certificate!

Pathway II

  • Hold a related college degree in foodservice management, nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel-restaurant management
  • Does not have the 3 required courses
  • Fast-track your CDM credential!

Pathway 1 is a 16 credit stand-alone certificate which can be taken in 1 to 2 semesters.

The CDM certificate program offers the education and training to make students eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM).

We offer flexible training options! Some students attend classes part-time while working in the industry; others may choose to attend a more intensive semester-long certificate program. Plus, we offer online courses to match your busy schedule. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Demonstrate you are ready for college. Visit CCD.edu/CollegeReady to learn more.
  • Submit a program application.
    • As part of your acceptance into the program, you must complete a background check and nine-panel drug screening.

Pathway II-Elective and Fast-Track Pathways

Students who graduate from CCD with the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Nutrition, are eligible to take one additional course to meet the CDM exam eligibility requirements for Pathway II. Please contact the program director for more information.

DO MORE WITH YOUR FOOD SERVICE OR NUTRITION DEGREE

Do you already hold a related college degree in food service management, nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel management? CCD takes you to the next step in your career with fast track options!

Upon completion of the elective courses, you’re eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM).

HOW DO I QUALIFY?

  • You meet pathway II eligibility if you have graduated from CCD with an A.A.S. in nutrition and take the required elective course.
  • You may be eligible for a fast track option if you hold a two- or four-year degree in food service management, nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel-restaurant management and take 1 to 3 elective course(s) to fulfill the exam eligibility requirement for pathway II.