Holistic Nutrition Certificate

Program Overview

Holistic Nutrition CertificateThe 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.

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.

Curriculum

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

HNCP/NU101
45 hours 45 hrs
HNCP/NU203
45 hours 45 hrs
HNCP/NU221
45 hours 45 hrs
HNCP/WHS121
30 hours 30 hrs
HNCP101
15 hours 15 hrs
HNCP104
90 hours 90 hrs
Total
 
270 hours 270 hrs

Total Requirements

Holistic Nutrition Certificate
270 hours 270 hrs
Grand Total
 
270 hours 270 hrs

Study Options

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.

Holistic Nutrition CertificationGraduation Requirements

Students who successfully complete 90% of all required coursework and credits are eligible for graduation and will be awarded a certificate upon program completion. Students who fail to successfully complete 90% of all required coursework and credits but have successfully completed at least 80% are eligible to retake components of the program in order to reach the 90% threshold and thus pass the program, provided that they do so within one calendar year. Students who choose to retake components must make arrangements with the Program Director and will be subject to tuition fees for the components. Students who do not successfully complete at least 80% of all required coursework and credits in their first program attempt are not eligible to retake components or graduate.

Post-Graduation

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.

Holistic Nutrition Certification CanadaTo 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

Admissions

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).

To register for the Holistic Nutrition Certificate Program, please click on the link below. It is advisable to register no less than 6 weeks prior to the start date of the semester. Registration applications will still be accepted beyond this point, and will be evaluated, but enrolment space may not be available until the next semester. For all registrants, your space in the program will not be reserved until the required registration fee (see Tuition and Fees below) has been paid.

International Students

International students are welcome to attend Pacific Rim College and are encouraged to apply. Canadian law requires foreign students to have a valid study permit to study in Canada. Pacific Rim College provides international students with the necessary documentation to receive a valid study permit. In some cases students can apply for and obtain a permit upon entering Canada.

New changes to the International Student Program, effective June 1, 2014, allow full-time international students enrolled at designated institutions in certain programs to work part-time off campus and full-time during scheduled school breaks without a work permit. According to regulations, international students are 1) eligible to work off campus without a work permit; 2) allowed to work off campus for up to 20 hours per week during a regular academic session and full-time during regularly scheduled breaks; and 3) able to work off campus immediately rather than waiting 6 months. Please visit the Government of Canada website for more information.

Academic Calendar

  Winter 2017
January 5-April 23
Fall 2017
September 7-December 22
Thursday 3:30-6:30pm 3:30-6:30pm
Friday 3:30-6:30pm 3:30-6:30pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm 9:00am-5:00pm
No Classes TBA TBA

 

Class Schedule

Please click below for the course schedule for the Holistic Nutrition Certificate.

Tuition and Fees

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

Canadian Students
– A $250 non-refundable registration fee and a signed student contract is required for acceptance into this program.
– A $3700 tuition payment is due on August 28 for the Fall 2017 program and December 26 for the Winter 2018 program.

International Students
– A $500 non-refundable registration fee and a signed student contract is required for acceptance into this program.
– A $3450 tuition payment is due on August 28 for the Fall 2017 program and December 26 for the Winter 2018 program.

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.

FAQ

books and students webWhat is Holistic Nutrition?

Holistic nutrition is the practice of using food to maintain and restore health and vitality. Most if not all indigenous cultures have positioned diet as one of the key tenets of strengthening health and warding off illness. The primary goal of a holistic nutrition-based approach is not to diminish symptoms but instead to assess the body as a whole and make dietary modifications to create more balance and thus health.

Why earn Holistic Nutrition certification at Pacific Rim College?

Pacific Rim College is recognized as one of the best holistic nutrition schools in North America. With 2115 total hours, 360 of which are clinical practice, our Diploma of Holistic Nutrition (a degree in holistic nutrition is not available in Canada) is the most comprehensive on-site program in North America. It integrates theories and practices of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine and Western Medicine to provide students with unique perspectives on how to assess and treat clients. Our Holistic Nutrition Certificate is a 270-hour program for those interested in building personal knowledge rather than gaining practitioner skills. Our courses are taught by physicians, naturopathic doctors, doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine, osteopaths and more, some of whom are world-renowned experts and authors in the field of Holistic Nutrition. Our students benefit from studying holistic nutrition at our beautiful and historic campus in the heart of Victoria, British Columbia.

Do I need to be licensed to practice Holistic Nutrition?

In Canada there is currently no regulation of the practice of Holistic Nutrition, although some credentialing bodies do exist. Our Diploma of Holistic Nutrition is a practitioner training program while the Holistic Nutrition Certificate is recommended for people who wants to expand their knowledge of nutrition to help family and friends, work in the health and wellness retail sector, grow and maintain foods, and create food products.

What is the difference between a Holistic Nutrition certificate, Holistic Nutrition diploma, and a Holistic Nutrition degree?

There are a number of schools for holistic nutrition in Canada, but none offer holistic nutrition degrees. Educational regulations vary between countries and thus affect the credentials a college of holistic nutrition can award. Pacific Rim College offers a comprehensive 3-year Diploma of Holistic Nutrition and a 4-month Holistic Nutrition Certificate.