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Contact: Carol ImparaTitle: Program CoordinatorContact: CImpara@mtsac.edu
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Business Division
Certificate N0453

This certificate is designed to give students basic knowledge and skills in nutrition science, food science, food preparation, and food safety and sanitation. The courses prepare students for entry-level employment as nutrition assistants, community nutrition workers, and dietary service workers in clinical, community, long-term care, and institutional foodservice worksites. 

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    • Health Educators

      Health Educators

      SOC Career Code: 21-1091.00

      Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May serve as a resource to assist individuals, other healthcare workers, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $51.19

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $57,297.34
      Annual Job Openings
      1,057

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Dietetic Technicians

      Dietetic Technicians

      SOC Career Code: 29-2051.00

      Assist in the provision of food service and nutritional programs, under the supervision of a dietitian. May plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition, or counsel individuals.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $25.62

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $31,369.23
      Annual Job Openings
      532

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

      Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

      SOC Career Code: 35-1012.00

      Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in preparing and serving food.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $29.73

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $35,367.52
      Annual Job Openings
      18,596

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
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  • Nutrition

    Business Division
    Certificate N0453

    This certificate is designed to give students basic knowledge and skills in nutrition science, food science, food preparation, and food safety and sanitation. The courses prepare students for entry-level employment as nutrition assistants, community nutrition workers, and dietary service workers in clinical, community, long-term care, and institutional foodservice worksites. 

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    HRM 52Food Safety and Sanitation2
    NF 1Introduction to Nutrition as a Career2
    NF 20Principles of Food with Laboratory3
    NF 25Introduction to Nutrition Science3
    or NF 25H Introduction to Nutrition Science - Honors
    NF 28Cultural and Ethnic Foods3
    Choose three units from the following:3
    NF 12
    Sports Nutrition
    NF 30
    Food Science Technologies
    NF 40
    Healthy American Cuisine
    NF 81
    Cooking for Health and Wellness
    NF 82
    Vegetarian Cuisine
    NF 91
    Work Experience in Nutrition and Dietetics
    Total Units16

     Nutrition and Foods Website

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  • Nutrition and Dietetics, AS-T

    Business Division
    S0422

    The Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer introduces students to the principles and methodologies used in the study of nutrition and dietetics. Students will acquire the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue post-secondary degrees in nutrition and dietetics. 
    To earn an Associate of Science in Nutrition for Transfer degree, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU system that consist of the IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of 18 units more. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Core Courses
    NF 25Introduction to Nutrition Science3
    or NF 25H Introduction to Nutrition Science - Honors
    PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology3
    or PSYC 1AH Introduction to Psychology - Honors
    CHEM 50General Chemistry I5
    or CHEM 50H General Chemistry I - Honors
    Select one course:4-5
    MICR 1
    Principles of Microbiology
    or MICR 22
    Microbiology
    List A
    Choose two courses7-8
    ANAT 10A
    Introductory Human Anatomy 1
    or ANAT 10B
    Introductory Human Physiology
    MATH 110
    Elementary Statistics
    or MATH 110H
    Elementary Statistics - Honors
    or PSYC 10
    Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    List B
    Choose one course
    NF 20Principles of Food with Laboratory3
    NF 28Cultural and Ethnic Foods3
    Total Units for Major25-27
    CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 239-42
    Total Units60

    Nutrition and Food Website

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

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Contact: Carol ImparaTitle: Program CoordinatorContact: CImpara@mtsac.edu

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