Nutrition Consultant Certification Program - Bauman College

Bauman College

Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts

Nutrition Consultant Training Program - 700 hours

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Classroom - 18 months
Also available via Distance Learning - up to 30 months

The Nutrition Consultant Training Program provides students with in-depth knowledge of the foundations of whole foods nutrition as it contributes to the prevention of illness and the promotion of optimal health. In the program, students study the fundamentals of nutrition: physiology, anatomy, macro- and micronutrient selection, and the effects of foods on the body. By the completion of the program, graduates are prepared to provide expert evaluation of diet and lifestyle and make recommendations for food selections, targeted nutrients, and lifestyle choices that will enable their clients to improve their health and slow or reverse the progression of chronic illness.

Each topic in the program introduces compelling research and provides metabolic assessment tools that enable students to confidently and precisely guide clients in the use of therapeutic foods, herbs, and nutrient support. The training is dynamic and constantly evolving to stay current with the latest nutrition information.

A supervised practicum allows students to gain experience in venues such as a health practitioner's office, spa, community center, health club, school, and beyond. Students will use the skills they have learned in their training - writing, presenting, client consultation, research, menu planning, etc. to guide them in selecting their specific areas of interest. During the practicum students work in the field, establishing valuable professional connections and partnerships.

Careers Opportunities

Graduates of the Nutrition Consultant Training Program are trained to work with individuals, families, and groups to provide personal, community, and clinical nutrition services. Nutrition Consultants work in private practice and/or in conjunction with other health care professionals such as doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and physical and mental health therapists; at wellness, retreat, or recovery centers; and at integrative health/medicine clinics.

Many graduates also teach courses, give talks on nutrition, or write articles or books for publication. Other opportunities include working in clinics, private schools, spas, health food stores, health clubs, fitness programs, and supplement companies. Nutrition Consultant graduates are sufficiently trained and certified to work in salaried positions in the employee wellness and preventative health care field.

Although Bauman College does not offer placement assistance, we employ an Alumni Relations and Career Development Specialist to help prepare graduates to apply for jobs or build private practices. Business classes in the program and alumni workshops prepare students to write business plans and understand the latest tools in sales, marketing, networking, and making professional presentations. Practicum offers students the opportunity to apply their skills in a supervised, real-life setting. Employment opportunities are regularly submitted to Bauman College from private and corporate entities. Students and graduates may view these opportunities through the Employment Forum Board.

Program Details

Classes are 3.5 hours in length and meet on average five times per month. Students should plan to spend as much time on homework and individual study as they spend in the classroom.

Students have complete access to all of their curriculum materials, including lectures, homework assignments, and student records, via our unique learning management system, the Bauman College Student Dashboard. With this system, students communicate with teachers and staff, submit homework, view lectures, and check their current grades from home or in any location with an internet connection. The Bauman College Student Dashboard allows students to easily access course materials anytime.

Nutrition Consultant Classroom Schedules

Nutrition Consultant Curriculum

Click here for a detailed description of each module

Term I - Foundations of Nutrition

NC 101: Eating for Health
NC 102: Digestive Physiology
NC 103: Biochemistry
NC 104: Nutrition Analysis
NC 105: Macronutrients
NC 106: Micronutrients
NC 107: Nutritional Counseling
NC 108: Case Presentations
NC 109: Midterm Exam

Term II - Therapeutic Nutrition
NC 201: Stress and Endocrine Interactions
NC 202: Men and Women's Health
NC 203: Liver Detoxification
NC 204: Gastrointestinal Health
NC 205: Blood Sugar Regulation
NC 206: Weight Management
NC 207: Clinical Assessment
NC 208: Cardiovascular Health
NC 209: Mental Health
NC 210: Musculoskeletal Health and Sports Nutrition
NC 211: Immune and Autoimmune
NC 212: Cancer
NC 213: Business
NC 214: Case Presentation
NC 215: Final Exam

Term III - Practicum
NC 301: Fieldwork Orientation and Training
NC 302: On-Site Fieldwork
NC 303: Fieldwork Report Presentation

Click here for the Nutrition Consultant Mini-syllabus


The Nutrition Consultant certificate title is valid in California and other states where there are no federal, state, or local requirements limiting the practice of nutrition consulting. Contact your local state government to become informed about the laws of the state in which you plan to practice.

Professional Association Standards

Professional association standards require that Nutrition Consultants practice within the area of health education, with mutual consent between client and consultant, and with full disclosure on the part of the practitioner as to services provided, fees, training, and areas of competence. A Nutrition Consultant does not diagnose or treat disease, but works in a complementary fashion to medical treatment as an educational adjunct. Anyone who is currently licensed by the state (R.D., R.N., M.F.C.C., M.D., etc.) should check with their professional licensing board regarding nutrition practice requirements. Bauman College recommends that its graduates obtain professional malpractice insurance.

National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP)

The Nutrition Consultant Training Program is a recommended training program through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals ( Students and graduates are encouraged to join NANP to stay connected to the latest research and business practices, connect with like-minded professionals in the integrative health field, attend annual conferences, gain continuing education credits, and support the right of holistic nutrition professionals to serve in an ethical and appropriate way.

Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB) 

Graduates with Nutrition Consultant certification will be eligible to apply 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). 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. For more information, including a list of Board Exam eligibility criteria, please visit the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board or contact the HNCB at 916-851-9310 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Board of Registered Nursing

CEU credits for RN’s are available. Bauman College is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 11401, for 298 contact hours for the Nutrition Consultant Training Program.

Required Computer Skills

Use of a computer is required to participate in the Nutrition Consultant Training Program. 
Please review our Technical FAQs before applying.


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