FAQS - Bauman College

Bauman College

Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

How long has Bauman College been in business?
Who is the President of Bauman College and what are his credentials?
What are the prerequisites for enrollment?
How do I apply?
When can I start?
Does Bauman College offer job placement?
Are the Bauman College programs accredited?
Does Bauman College work with Workers Compensation?
Does Bauman College offer financial aid?
Do you offer any relocation assistance?
What is your international student policy?

Nutrition Consultant Training Program FAQs

Do I need a computer to take the Nutrition Consultant Training Program?
What kind of careers are available after taking the course?
Can I visit a class?
Where is the Nutrition Consultant Training Program offered?
Is there a professional organization for nutrition professionals?
Can I obtain state or national certification upon completion of your programs?
What is the difference between your program and receiving a nutrition degree from a university?
Are your classes transferable to universities?
I've found several other nutrition Distance Learning courses. Why should I choose Bauman College?
What if I have prior training in nutrition or I am a professional health provider?
What is your international student policy?

Natural Chef Training Program FAQs

Do I need a computer to take the Natural Chef Training Program?
What kind of careers are available after taking the course?
Can I visit a class?
Where is the Natural Chef Training Program offered?
What professional affiliations are there for Personal Chefs?
What is the difference between the Natural Chef Training Program and culinary courses offered at my local college or culinary school?
What is your international student policy?

Technical FAQs

What computer skills do I need to complete courses at Bauman College?
Do I need a computer to take Bauman College courses?
Do I need an Internet connection to take Bauman College courses?
Why do you require computer and Internet access?
What are the specific hardware and software requirements?
Are there any other computer requirements?
What are the accepted file formats for homework submission and other documents?
Do you provide instructions and technical support?
What is the turn-around time for technical support responses?
Do I have to login at a certain time or for a certain amount of time?
Does the college provide a computer for student use?

Answers

General FAQs

Q. How long has Bauman College been in business?

A. Bauman College has been serving the community since 1989, providing quality education in holistic nutrition and culinary arts.

Q. Who is the President of Bauman College and what are his credentials?

A. Dr. Ed Bauman has been a pioneer in the field of holistic nutrition for over 35 years. His vision and leadership have inspired thousands of people to transform their lives in the form of wellness, community, and peace. He received his M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in Health Promotion from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Ed Bauman created the Eating for Health model to teach individuals to make nutritionally conscious food choices and he founded Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, in 1989, with a mission to change the world through better nutrition and healthful living. He is a special advisor for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) and brings a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and a love of good health and good taste to his work.

Q. What are the prerequisites for enrollment?

A. Applicants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Acceptance into the program is subject to review of submitted application materials.

Q. How do apply?

A. Please visit the Application and Enrollment page for all application and enrollment details.

Q. When can I start?

A. Our classroom courses begin in March and September of each year. Apply early to ensure that your enrollment can be processed in a timely manner, as classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. You may enroll in the Distance Learning program at any time.

Q. Does Bauman College offer job placement?

A. As the world becomes more health conscious the career opportunities in holistic nutrition and natural cooking are dramatically increasing. This places our graduates in an ideal situation to become successful professionals in institutions, schools, businesses, and private practice settings. Bauman College takes great care in providing exceptional education so graduates will thrive in the fields of holistic nutrition and culinary arts. To help our students succeed, our programs have modules focusing on business planning and development, as well as integrated intern/externships in organizations throughout the community. In addition, Bauman College maintains a listing of job opportunities on the Bauman College Community Forum, accessed through our website. We also offer a variety of events and networking opportunities to help support our students and alumni.

Q. Are the Bauman College programs accredited?

A. Bauman College is a non-profit educational institution that has been approved to operate since 1992 by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer the following professional courses:

This approval demonstrates compliance with state standards as set forth in the educational code.

Q. Does Bauman College work with Workers Compensation?

A. We are approved to accept Workers Compensation.

Q. Does Bauman College offer financial aid?

A. Bauman College is a vocational technical school, licensed by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Bauman College is not eligible for federal financial aid that requires a "Title 4" status. Prospective students should search for monies applicable to "vocational technical school" training programs. There are many options for privately funding your education here at Bauman College. We encourage all incoming students to explore the web and use resources at your public offices to help guide you in finding grants, scholarships, and private loans. You may also visit the Bauman College Fees and Funding page to review listed opportunities.

Bauman College has several different payment plan options. Payment plans require a down payment that includes the registration fee, material fees, STRF, and the first month's tuition. The remaining tuition is charged a finance fee and is divided into monthly credit card payments. Our payment plans are also customizable. Reduce your monthly payment and minimize finance fees by making a larger down payment than our current plans offer. If you would like to receive customized enrollment paperwork please call 800-987-7530. You can visit the Bauman College Fees and Funding page to read more about our payment plans.

Q. Does Bauman College offer any relocation assistance?

A. Please visit the Housing Hookup section of the Bauman College Community Forum. You may use this forum board to link up with other Bauman College students who are looking for housing opportunities in the vicinity of our Bauman College locations. Note: you must be a registered member of the forums in order to post in this area. To register, please click here.

Note: Culinary students will need access to a kitchen to complete some of their homework assignments. Please make sure your housing arrangement includes access to a kitchen if you are enrolling in the Bauman College Natural Chef Program.

Q. What is your international student policy?

A. Bauman College does not offer student visa services but will vouch for student status as necessary. Please note that international students participating in the Distance Learning Program are responsible for international calling fees for phone appointments with their faculty mentor. They are also responsible for the international shipping fees.

English Language Requirement: Bauman College accepts international students who are proficient in the English language. No English language services are available, nor is instruction provided in any language other than English. Non-native English speaking students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through submittal of a TOEFL certificate and/or English proficiency displayed in the application essay. It is required that all copies of student transcripts or diplomas are submitted in English.

Nutrition Consultant Training Program FAQs

Q. Do I need a computer to take the Nutrition Consultant Training Program?

A. Yes, access to a computer is required for all Bauman College vocational courses. Please refer to the Technical FAQs section for details.

Q. What kind of careers are available after taking the course?

A. Bauman College graduates work in many career settings. Most work in educational roles: seeing private clients, leading workshops and seminars, providing community classes, or representing supplement companies to health care professionals. Some graduates use their education to become research associates, technical support people, and retail professionals. Salaries and hourly wages are dependent on skill and experience.

Q. Can I visit a class?

A. Prospective students may sit in on a class on a space-permitting basis after they have attended an Open House or participated in an appointment with a Bauman College Admissions Advisor.

Q. Where is the Nutrition Consultant Training Program offered?

A. We offer our training programs in Berkeley, Sonoma County, and Santa Cruz, California as well as in Boulder, CO. For more information, visit our Locations page. A non-classroom counterpart of the Nutrition Consultant Training Program is available via Distance Learning and can be studied online from anywhere.

Q. Is there a professional organization for Nutrition Professionals?

A. Students and graduates of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Training Program are eligible to become members of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). There are various levels of membership according to the level of coursework completed. NANP hosts an annual conference where like minded professionals can network, stay up to date in the world of nutrition, and much more.

Q. Can I obtain State or National Certification upon completion of your programs?

A. Graduates of the Nutrition Consultant Training Program are eligible to sit for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board’s (HNCB) board examination. The HNCB is a division of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. NANP professional members who meet the board examination qualification criteria and successfully pass the Board Exam will earn the designation, “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®.”

Q. What is the difference between your program and receiving a nutrition degree from a university?

A. Bauman College is a vocational school, licensed by the California State Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to certify graduates for federally approved Dictionary of Occupational Titles of: Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef.

Bauman College aims to create a sustainable culture of wellness in individuals, in the community, and in our health care delivery systems by promoting a comprehensive and integrative approach to holistic nutrition and culinary arts. We are committed to bringing our Eating for Health model to an ever wider audience, advocating the use of whole organic food, nutritive herbs, and appropriate supplementation to promote health, restore metabolic balance, and support recovery from injury and illness. Our unifying philosophy aims to change the way people consume food from convenience to conscious eating.

A university program is academically oriented and confers degrees and titles, such as Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist for someone with a Masters in Nutrition. University programs are more conventional in that they follow the USDA dietary guidelines, are based upon standard dietetic and nutrition texts, and apply guidelines established by major health and medical associations. It can take several years to earn a conventional college degree, whereas Bauman College programs prepare you for a satisfying career in nutrition in just 18 months.

Q. Are your classes transferable to universities?

A. There is a translation process from vocational to academic in some cases that allows hours of vocational work completed to count toward credits of academic work. The transferability depends on the policy of the specific university you may wish to attend.

Q. I've found several other nutrition distance learning courses. Why should I choose Bauman College?

A. At Bauman College you will study the same great curriculum with the Distance Learning option as that of the Nutrition Consultant Training Program classroom-based counterpart, including the Internship portion of the program. Unlike many other Distance Learning programs, Bauman College students have the benefit of individual telephone consultations with their Personal Mentor throughout the program (all of whom are Bauman College Instructors) at a mutually convenient time to monitor progress. Students will be guided and supported by these regular phone appointments, which allow students to ask in-depth questions, receive detailed feedback on homework for each course topic, review core competencies of the program, get answers to questions, and more.

Students may begin the Bauman College Distance Learning Program at any time. Although we allow up to 30 months to complete the program, students may finish in as little as 18 months. Every student works differently, but 5-10 hours per week should be a reasonable commitment for an 18 month time frame.

Our Distance Learning option brings the classroom to the student, giving them the flexibility and freedom to pursue in-depth nutrition education on their own time, from their own home, in a way that’s organic to them. Distance Learning is structured, yet flexible, and is perfect for busy people who are independent, self-motivated, and who have a desire to improve the world through holistic nutrition.

Q. What if I have prior training in nutrition or I’m a professional health provider?

A. We have a process whereby individuals may apply previous training to convert into the Nutrition Consultant Training Program. Professional health providers (M.D., L.Ac., D.C., etc.), those who have graduated from a regionally accredited university with a degree in nutrition (B.A. or M.A./M.S.), or those who have a certificate from a state approved vocational program may apply previous nutrition training to satisfy 231 credit hours of the Nutrition Consultant Training Program and bypass Term One, Foundations of Nutrition. Candidates who fit the above criteria must submit their transcripts, a cover letter requesting evaluation, and a $150 evaluation fee along with their complete application packet. When the transcripts have been reviewed, an appointment will be set for an interview with the Nutrition Program Director. The interview will determine if it is appropriate for the candidate to continue on with the process of taking the Foundations of Nutrition Challenge Exam. Candidates who score 80% or higher on the Foundations of Nutrition Challenge Exam will then take a prerequisite matriculation module with a competency exam. Fee: $350. After successful completion of this process, the individual may begin the Therapeutic Nutrition portion of the program. Candidates who do not pass the Foundations of Nutrition Challenge Exam will need to begin the program at Foundations of Nutrition.

Q. What is your international student policy?

A. Bauman College does not offer student visa services but will vouch for student status as necessary. Please note that international students participating in the Distance Learning Program are responsible for international calling fees for phone appointments with their faculty mentor. They are also responsible for the international shipping fees.

English Language Requirement: Bauman College accepts international students who are proficient in the English language. No English language services are available, nor is instruction provided in any language other than English. Non-native English speaking students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through submittal of a TOEFL certificate and/or English proficiency displayed in the application essay. It is required that all copies of student transcripts or diplomas are submitted in English.

Natural Chef Training Program FAQs


Q. Do I need a computer to take the Natural Chef Training Program?

A. Yes, access to a computer is required for all Bauman College vocational courses. Please refer to the Technical FAQs section for details.

Q. What kind of careers are available after taking the course?

A. Natural Chefs are in great demand as the need for good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices becomes more apparent in our fast-paced world. Natural Chefs are trained to provide delicious, nourishing, and beautifully presented meals to those who wish to avoid or recover from illness and those who want to reach their optimal health.

Opportunities for graduates are plentiful. Our students have gone on to become accomplished restaurant chefs; personal, private, and corporate chefs; caterers; cookbook authors; counselors; consultants; business owners; instructors; and have entered the fields of product development, recipe testing, and much more. Graduates work in private homes, for catering companies, for larger corporations, health spas, health food stores, retreat programs, traditional restaurants, and beyond.

Q. Can I visit a class?

A. Prospective students may sit in on a Natural Chef class on a space-permitting basis after they have attended an Open House or participated in an appointment with a Bauman College Admissions Advisor.

Q. Where is the Natural Chef Training Program offered?

A. We offer our Natural Chef Training Program in Berkeley and Santa Cruz, CA as well as in Boulder, CO. For more information, visit our Locations page.

Q. What professional affiliations are there for Personal Chefs?

A. There are several professional associations that offer services to Personal Chefs such as The United State Personal Chef Association (USPCA) and the American Personal Chef Association. Members have access to a variety of services, which may include job listings, recipes, menu software, liability insurance, national media exposure, and more. The Natural Chef Training Program is a recommended training program through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (nanp.org). Students and graduates are encouraged to join this organization to stay connected, support the rights of nutrition professionals, and stay abreast of the latest developments in the field of nutrition.

Q. What is the difference between the Natural Chef Training Program and culinary courses offered at my local college or culinary school?

A. The Bauman College Natural Chef Training Program teaches students to succeed in the culinary field by combining classic culinary training with therapeutic techniques for the prevention of illness and the promotion of optimal health. Students will become experts in food preparation, flavor selection, and food presentation. They will learn how to prepare meals with therapeutic ingredients and techniques to maximize the nutritional elements in a dish and to nourish and support the health of their clients. Through an independent externship, students will explore career opportunities such as personal, private, and corporate chef, restaurant and catering work, and beyond.

Q. What is your international student policy?

A. Bauman College does not offer student visa services but will vouch for student status as necessary. Please note that international students participating in the Distance Learning Program are responsible for international calling fees for phone appointments with their faculty mentor. They are also responsible for the international shipping fees.

English Language Requirement: Bauman College accepts international students who are proficient in the English language. No English language services are available, nor is instruction provided in any language other than English. Non-native English speaking students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through submittal of a TOEFL certificate and/or English proficiency displayed in the application essay. It is required that all copies of student transcripts or diplomas are submitted in English.

Technical FAQs


Q. What computer skills do I need to complete courses at Bauman College?

A. Basic computer skills will be necessary to successfully complete any program at Bauman College. Following is a list of required skills:

Basic Word Processing: Students must be able to use a word processor to create basic documents. This includes using templates, making tables, inserting headers, footers, and graphics into documents. These skills will be required to complete homework assignments.

PDF Handling: Students will need to be able to open, view, and convert documents to PDF format as a part of their studies.

Basic Web Skills: During classes students will need to use the web for a variety of tasks ranging from internet research to use of online nutrition analysis tools. Basic proficiency in the use of a web browser and the use of basic web applications will be necessary.

Web Application Skills: Students will be required to use the Bauman College Community Forum, a bulletin board-style web system where questions are posted and valuable information is shared. Students may also be required to use a web-based system to post questions, access materials, and complete homework.

Email: Email is a primary means of communication at Bauman College. Students are expected to have an active email account and to regularly check and respond to email.

Q. Do I need a computer to take Bauman College courses?

A. Yes, use of a computer will be required to complete all Bauman College vocational programs, including Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef. Non-vocational courses like Nutrition Essentials for Everyone do not require use of a computer, but access to one is highly recommended.

Q. Do I need an Internet connection to take Bauman College courses?

A. Yes, all students will be required to access the online Bauman College Community Forum.

Nutrition Consultant Training Program students will be required to interact with our Student Dashboard system to submit homework and complete online quizzes and other activities in order to progress through the program. Although course materials, including workbook and class text, will be provided in printed form, many other class-related materials, including lecture handouts and research abstracts, will only be available through the online Student Dashboard system. We recommend broadband access (DSL, Cable or High Speed Satellite connections) but reliable dial-up access may work as an alternative.

Non-vocational courses like Nutrition Essentials for Everyone do not require an Internet connection, but access to one is highly recommended as there are supplementary materials and additional resources available on our website.

Q. Why do you require computer and Internet access?

A. We have determined that computer and Internet use are necessary to offer and maintain the best educational experience possible.

Computer use is an increasingly important skill for all professions, nutrition consulting and natural chefing included. Whether it's using a computerized diet analysis tool, communicating with a client by email or online chat, or simply doing research for nutritional or culinary purposes, computer and Internet use is a vital tool.

Q. What are the specific hardware and software requirements?

A. Students must have access to a computer with one of the following configurations in order to use the Bauman College Student Dashboard and other tools.

Window Users

    • Operating System: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Windows 7 (note: with Windows 2000 you must use a recent version of Firefox as IE7+ is not available)
    • CPU: Minimum of 1Ghz
    • Memory: Minimum of 256 MB
    • Internet Connection: Broadband with 512kbit or higher download speed recommended
    • Audio: Soundcard and Speakers
    • Web Browser: Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, or Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or higher, or Google Chrome 4 or higher. Firefox 3.6+ is recommended.

Please note, older versions of Windows including Windows ME and Windows 98 are not supported due to lack of modern web browser functionality.

Mac Users

    • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3.9 "Cheetah" or higher
    • CPU : Minimum of 1Ghz
    • Memory: Minimum of 256 MB
    • Internet Connection: Broadband with 512kbit or higher download speed recommended
    • Audio: Speakers
    • Web Browser: Safari 4.0 or higher, or Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or higher, or Google Chrome 4 or higher. Safari 5+ or Firefox 3.6+ are recommended.

Linux Users (note: official support for Linux systems is not provided)

    • Operating System: Any modern Linux distribution that supports the other requirements listed below
    • CPU : Minimum of 1Ghz
    • Memory: Minimum of 256 MB
    • Internet Connection: Broadband with 512kbit or higher download speed recommended
    • Audio: Speakers
    • Web Browser: Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or higher, or Google Chrome 4 or higher. Firefox 3.6+ is recommended.

Q. Are there any other hardware or software requirements?

A. In order to complete written assignments and to view online course materials - including lectures, handouts, and forms - the following additional software is required:

You may also need to purchase diet analysis or recipe management software. A list of recommended diet analysis software options is available in the private student section of our Community Forum. You will have access to this resource once you become a student.

In addition you may need to create PDFs using a PDF writer. On Windows we recommend DoPDF (free). On Mac, you can use the built-in PDF conversion functions.

Q. What are the accepted file formats for homework submission and other documents?

A. For compatibility reasons we only accept file submissions in the following formats. This includes application and enrollment documents, homework submissions, resumes, and all other documents sent to Bauman College.

Text Formats
DOC, DOCX
RTF
TXT

Presentation Formats
PPT, PPTX
PDF

Spreadsheet Formats
XLS, XLSX

Image Formats
JPG or JPEG
PNG
GIF

We do not accept any other proprietary text editor format such as "WPS" (Microsoft Works) and "WPD" (WordPerfect). All modern office software suites include the option to save to standard DOC (Word 97-2003) formats. If you need a free office suite with this functionality, please download Open Office (free), available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Q. Do you provide instructions and technical support?

A. Nutrition Consultant Training Program students receive instruction on using the Student Dashboard with their course materials and in online instruction resources, including a video walk-through and built-in help links. General instruction for nutrition analysis is provided, but we do not specify nor provide support for any particular diet analysis software.

We provide technical support for systems that we maintain, including the Student Dashboard, Forums, and our website. We do not provide support for software issues for outside systems including Microsoft Office troubleshooting and instruction or general computer use. If you need instruction in computer use or use of a particular software program, we recommend online learning resources or a class at your local community college.

Q. What is the turn-around time for technical support responses?

A. Technical support inquiries should receive a response within 24 hours. Our response time is usually much quicker. Support hours are from 9am until 5pm Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. We do not provide support during the weekend and we highly recommend that if you plan to do homework during the weekend, you verify that you have access and resources necessary to complete your work so that if you have any problems you can resolve them while support is available during the week.

Q. Do I have to login at a certain time or for a certain amount of time?

A. You do not need to login at any particular time or spend any specific amount of time in the Student Dashboard. You will be required to complete certain assignments and activities, but there are no minimum time limits specified. In some cases there may be a maximum time allowed for completing certain assignments. Assignments also have due dates that are independent of technical considerations.

Q. Does the college provide a computer for student use?

A. We do not provide computers for student use. Students are required to have their own computer system. Although you may be able to use a public computer system or a friend's, we strongly recommend having your own personal computer that you have full access to at all times. This will allow you greatest flexibility and capability to fulfill the course requirements at your convenience.