Diploma of Holistic Nutrition

Program Overview

The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition is a 3-year (6-semester) program that explores the use of food to maintain health and restore wellness. It is the most comprehensive on-site program of Holistic Nutrition in North America and integrates nutritional philosophies of various indigenous cultures and medical viewpoints. Foundational studies include Ayurvedic Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine, and the program is comprised of both theoretical and practical courses including cooking and clinical coursework.

Length: 6 semesters
Intakes: Winter, Summer, Fall semesters

Clinical Training: 360 hours
Total Training: 2115 hours 

I have been thoroughly impressed by Pacific Rim College. Pacific Rim holds high professional standards while maintaining an atmosphere of wellbeing and community. The environment supports students and challenges them to grow into skillful practitioners. I would recommend PRC to anyone who is seeking a place that has deep knowledge and embodied understanding in the field of health and healing.

– Jennifer Raye, RTCMP, RYT, Alumnus

Why Pacific Rim College?

The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition at Pacific Rim College is the most comprehensive on-site program of holistic nutrition in North America and includes studies in Ayurvedic nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine diet therapy, and common herbal remedies.
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Diploma of Holistic Nutrition students learn to cook at The London Chef, a renowned cooking school led by celebrity chef Dan Hayes, and partake in extensive clinical training.
All programs at Pacific Rim College are approved by the Canadian Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (Private Training Institutions Branch) and Canada Student Loans.
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Pacific Rim College is actively engaged in many forms of environmental stewardship including 100% green energy offsets for our campus, the highest eco-certification, and planting of 10 trees in British Columbia for every program graduate.

What You’ll Learn:

Key Learning Outcome #1

An in-depth understanding of the therapeutic properties and energetics of foods and how to use them to help clients reach their health goals. 

Key Learning Outcome #2

Thorough background of biomedical understanding of the human body, its structure, physiology, common pathologies, and also western diagnostic skills and pharmacotherapy. 

Key Learning Outcome #3

The blending of different nutrition philosophies, including the ancient traditions of Ayurvedic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and cultural diets with contemporary dietary practices.

Key Learning Outcome #4

Therapeutic confidence and rapport-buildings skills in working with clients in one-on-one settings and in groups.  

Key Learning Outcome #5

Wide-ranging professional skills from writing and public speaking to cooking and business development experience needed to establish a private holistic nutrition practice or to join an integrative health centre.

I don’t think I could say enough good things about PRC. After spending three years at a large university, the smaller class sizes and compassionate teachers were an inspiring change. The school itself is a beautiful and nurturing space, and the staff and students make it that much more amazing. I learned so much about myself, gained a new outlook on the world and was trained in an amazing form of healing that has given me a job I am so proud of. I would recommend PRC to anyone, the staff and faculty are educated, kind and helpful individuals who want to see their students grow and succeed in the world of health. I will forever be grateful for my experiences and education from PRC as well as the continued support as I start my own career path. Thank you so much for those three life changing years.

– Sasha Ormiston, Alumnus

Core Program Instructors

 

Curriculum

Having reached for the first time a point in human existence where more humans are overweight than are hungry, where our children’s life expectancy is less than adults, and where food resources and indigenous knowledge are vanishing faster than we can preserve them, increasing nutritional knowledge on both local and global scales is of vital importance. The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition is training students to advance human and environmental health through the sharing of nutritional knowledge.

The objectives of the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition are threefold:

  • to increase human health through the betterment of nutritional practices;
  • to preserve and spread indigenous food-based knowledge and practices; and
  • to safeguard the global ecosystem through the employment of sustainable food practices.

Below is a list of all courses that must be completed for a student to be eligible for graduation with a Diploma of Holistic Nutrition. Some course prerequisites do exist, and it is the responsibility of students to ensure that they are eligible to enrol in any particular course. The Course Descriptions page indicates course prerequisites. Please see Study Options below for more information on course selection.

Ayurveda

AYU101/102
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
AYU201
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
AYU211
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
12 credits 12 crds
180 hours 180 hrs

Biomedical/Biological Sciences

BMS101/102
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
BMS112
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
BMS113
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
BMS201/202
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
BMS211
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
BMS231
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
BMS431
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
27 credits 27 crds
405 hours 405 hrs

Elective

Elective
Elective
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs

Nutrition

NU101
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU111
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU202
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU203
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU204
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU221
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU302
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU311
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU312
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU313
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU314
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU315
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU316
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU322
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
NU
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
45 credits 45 crds
675 hours 675 hrs

Nutrition Clinical Practice

NCP101
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
NCP200
3 credits 3 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
NCP300
6 credits 6 crds
180 hours 180 hrs
Total
 
15 credits 15 crds
360 hours 360 hrs

Oriental Medicine

OM103/104
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
OM203
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
9 credits 9 crds
135 hours 135 hrs

Professional Development

PD101
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
PD201
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
PD211
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
PD302
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
PD304
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
15 credits 15 crds
225 hours 225 hrs

Western Herbal Sciences

WHS101
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
WHS151
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Total
 
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs

Total Requirements

Ayurveda
12 credits 12 crds
180 hours 180 hrs
Biomedical/Biological Sciences
27 credits 27 crds
405 hours 405 hrs
Elective
3 credits 3 crds
45 hours 45 hrs
Nutrition
45 credits 45 crds
675 hours 675 hrs
Nutrition Clinical Practice
15 credits 15 crds
360 hours 360 hrs
Oriental Medicine
9 credits 9 crds
135 hours 135 hrs
Professional Development
15 credits 15 crds
225 hours 225 hrs
Western Herbal Sciences
6 credits 6 crds
90 hours 90 hrs
Grand Total
 
132 credits 132 crds
2115 hours 2115 hrs

Clinical Training

Students in the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition program can complete all clinical training in PRC’s on-campus Student Clinic, or can participate in our Clinical Externship Program. Full-time students generally begin clinical training via observation during the very first week of studies.

Study Options

The Diploma of Holistic Nutrition offers year-round educational opportunities with an academic calendar based on 3 semesters per year. New students may enrol every January, May and September and students may either choose to pursue year-round studies or to take a semester or more off at their discretion. By choosing their course load each semester, students may complete any semester on a part-time or a full-time basis.

Students who wish not to enrol in any program are also eligible to take individual courses for personal enrichment provided that applicable course prerequisites have been met. Please see Non-Matriculating Students below for more information.

Admissions

Admission into the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition at Pacific Rim College is on a competitive basis. Entering students must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or satisfactory post-secondary education. We will accept mature students on a case by case basis; eligible mature students must demonstrate they have achieved sufficient post-secondary education credits in lieu of high school credits.

All applicants must demonstrate a mastery of written and spoken English. English proficiency is evaluated on a case by case basis, and applicants may be required to submit an official score report from an English proficiency exam such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test System).

To apply for the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition Program, please click on the link below. We do not have a set deadline for applications and will continue to accept students up until the start of classes, provided there is space within the program. Typically this program fills prior to the semester start, so we recommend applying 6 months in advance. 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is based on a per credit system. Although the college provides guidance for the order of course completion within each program, ultimately each student determines personal course load and schedule and thus per semester tuition. Audited credits do not apply towards graduation requirements. All prices listed are in Canadian dollars. For each semester, full tuition payment is due on the first day of the semester.

Please click here for a description of Academic Fees in PDF format.

Please click here for a description of Academic Fees in PDF format.

Financial Aid

This program is approved for Canada Student Loans. British Columbia residents can apply for student loans online through StudentAid BC. For non-British Columbia residents, please visit hrsdc.gc.ca for information about Canada Student Loans.

For a list of all financial aid programs available to PRC students, please visit our Financial Aid page.

Post-Graduation

Graduates of the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition have the most comprehensive training offered in Canada with more than three times the on-site education than any other diploma program in the field. Having completed a minimum of 360 hours of clinical training, and having received specific education in practice management and business development, graduates are poised to be successful nutritional practitioners and consultants. Additionally, graduates can also seek employment in other sectors of the health and wellness industry by filling positions such as retail consultants, product developers, teachers, fitness advisers, restaurant consultants, spa managers and more.

Program Accreditation

This program is recognized by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals as an approved and recommended education program. Graduates who have sufficient professional experience are qualified for professional membership with NANP and to sit for the holistic nutrition national board exam offered through the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB). Successful exam candidates will become Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition.

CANNPThis program is approved by the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP). Graduates are eligible to be considered for the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners designation of NNCP (Natural Nutrition – Clinical Practitioner).

This program is approved by the Health Coach Alliance (HCA), which is proud to fall under the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition. Graduates are eligible to apply for membership to become a Registered Health Coach (RHC) or a Registered Health & Nutrition Counselor (RHNC). (Licensed will replace Registered in areas where Registered is not permitted)

This program is approved by the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition (CAIN). Graduates are eligible to use the designations of Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner (RHNP) or Registered Holistic Health Practitioner (RHHP). (Licensed will replace Registered in areas where Registered is not permitted.)

This program is approved by the the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals. CAHN-Pro is a professional association for the accreditation of holistic nutritionists.

Licensing Requirements

Practitioner licensing requirements vary based on region of governance. Currently there are no government restrictions to the practice of Holistic Nutrition in Canada. It is students’ responsibility to ensure they meet eligibility criteria in their chosen region.


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