Practical Nutrition Certificate

Program Overview

The Practical Nutrition Certificate Program (PNC) 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. 

Length: 15 weeks
Offered: Winter, Fall semesters

Hours: 270 total
Format: On Campus

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

How to use food to support health and wellness. 

Key Learning Outcome #2

How to analyze and evaluate the most commonly used supplements for personal use.

Key Learning Outcome #3

Learn self-assessment techniques to determine personal health needs that can assist you in making curated nutritional choices.

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


Study Options and Calendar

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

 Fall 2024
Winter 2025
Thursday3:45-7:00pm 3:45-7:00pm
Schedule TBATBA


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

Holistic Nutrition Certificate

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


Admission requires successfully meeting the following minimum criteria:

  • A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent, such as a GED. Applicants without a high school diploma or equivalent are welcome to apply and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for mature student status.
  • Written and spoken English language competency. Applicants may be required to submit an official score report from an English proficiency exam such as TOEFL or iELTS upon request.

To apply, please click on the link below.

We offer two semesters of study per year for our certificate programs – Fall (September – December) and Winter (January – April). Certificate students are welcome to apply to begin in either semester. We do not have a set deadline for applications, and we will continue to accept students up until the start of classes provided there is space within the program, however, programs do fill prior to the semester start, so we recommend applying 3 months in advance of the intended start date.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for the Practical Nutrition Certificate total $4400 and are broken down as follows:

Early bird rates apply for this program. Apply before June 1 for the Fall semester or before October 1 for the Winter semester to receive 10% off your program tuition.

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 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 PNC are directly transferable into the 3-year diploma program:

  • NU101 Foundations of Holistic Nutrition – 3 cr
  • NU111 Professional Cooking – 3 cr
  • NU/WHS116 Herbal Nutrition – 3 cr (transfers as either a WHS or NU elective) 
  • NU110 Social Media for Holistic Nutritionists – 1 cr
  • NU/WHS131 Fungal Foods and Mushroom Medicines – 1 cr (transfers as either a WHS or NU elective) 



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