Holistic Nutrition Certificate

Program Overview

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

This program is entirely online with live teaching. Earn our Holistic Nutrition Certificate from anywhere in the world.

Length: 15 weeks
Offered: Winter, Fall semesters

Hours: 270 total
Format: Live Online 

Program entirely ONLINE!

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.
This program is approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (Private Training Institutions Branch) and Canada Student Loans.
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

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
45 hours 45
45 hours 45
15 hours 15
90 hours 90
45 hours 45
285 hours 285 hrs


Study Options and Calendar

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

 Winter 2022
January 6-April 22
Fall 2021
Thursday3:30-6:30pm (Live Online)3:30-6:30pm (Live Online)
Friday3:30-6:30pm (Live Online)3:30-6:30pm (Live Online)
Saturday9:00am-5:30pm (Live Online)9:00am-5:30pm (Live Online)
Sunday9:00am-5:30pm (Live Online)9:00am-5:30pm (Live Online)
ScheduleWinter 2022Fall 2021


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 Holistic Nutrition Certificate 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 programs do fill prior to the semester start, so we recommend applying 3 months in advance for domestic students and 6 months in advance for international students requiring a study permit. While international students do not require a study permit for a program 6-months or less in duration, international students hoping to work while studying will require one.


Tuition and Fees

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

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.



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


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