Holistic Nutrition Certificate

Program Overview

The Holistic Nutrition Certificate Program (HNCP) is a unique 4-month program that introduces students to whole foods nutrition and the medicinal uses of food according to various cultures. 

Length: 15 weeks
Offered: Winter, Fall semesters

Hours: 270 total
Program Enrolment: Maximum 18 

Pacific Rim College, including the people who help run it as well as attend it, has been incredibly special to me, and frankly, has been the most positive and significant impact on my life to date. I really treasure PRC. Attending the school is incredibly significant to me, and I hold the College in high reverence.

– Latasha McMullen, Alumnus

Why Pacific Rim College?

Pacific Rim College is a leader in the field of holistic nutrition with a 4-month certificate program and a 3-year diploma program, the most comprehensive in North America.
Through the PRC Student Clinic, students provide more than 7,000 treatments annually in holistic nutrition, herbal medicine and acupuncture.
All programs at Pacific Rim College are approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
Pacific Rim College is actively engaged in environmental stewardship and plants 10 trees in British Columbia for every program graduate.

What You’ll Learn:

Key Learning Outcome #1

Traditional nutritional practices from cultures around the world. 

Key Learning Outcome #2

How to use food to support health and wellness. 

Key Learning Outcome #3

How do grow nutritious food in your own backyard.

Key Learning Outcome #4

The most common and nutrient dense foods consumed in North America.

Key Learning Outcome #5

Common syndromes through the lens of holistic nutrition, Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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



Below are the courses that comprise the Holistic Nutrition Certificate Program. Successful completion of all components is necessary for graduation with a Holistic Nutrition Certificate.

Holistic Nutrition Certificate

45 hours 45 hrs
45 hours 45 hrs
45 hours 45 hrs
30 hours 30 hrs
15 hours 15 hrs
90 hours 90 hrs
270 hours 270 hrs


Study Options and Calendar

The Holistic Nutrition Certificate Program is offered twice yearly, with programs beginning in January and September. Classes are scheduled on Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday days.

 Fall 2019
September 5-December 20
Winter 2020
January 9-April 26
ScheduleFall 2019TBA


Entering students into the Holistic Nutrition Certificate Program at Pacific Rim College must have a high school diploma or satisfactory post-secondary education. In addition, all non-native English speaking applicants must demonstrate a mastery of written and spoken English. Any foreign applicant 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).


Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for the Holistic Nutrition Certificate total $3950 and are broken down as follows:

Financial Aid

This program is approved for Canada Student Loans. British Columbia residents can apply for student loans online through StudentAid BC. Students can also pick up a paper application from PRC or any other academic institution registered with Canada Student Loans. 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.



Graduates of this program can use knowledge and experience gained to advocate for healthier and more sustainable food choices. They can work in the health and wellness retail sector, grow and maintain urban and rural gardens, assist family and friends in making healthier food choices,  or matriculate into the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition program at PRC.

To facilitate an easy transition into the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition, the following credits of coursework within the HNCP are directly transferable into the 3-year diploma program:

  • NU101 Holistic Nutrition – 3 cr
  • NU203 Evolution of Cultural Diets – 3 cr
  • NU221 Materia Medica of Food – 3 cr
  • WHS121 Backyard Gardening – 2 cr


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