Holistic Nutrition Certificate
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?
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
Peter is a leading herbalist (Phytotherapist) and author with a core interest in contrasting and integrating approaches to healing from both traditional and contemporary sources.
Amber is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, a Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner, and Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner.
Carlie is a naturopathic doctor with pharmacy prescriptive authority in BC and advanced training in Women’s Health and hormone therapy.
Elham is a teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda and is board certified in Holistic Nutrition.
Lindsay is a Medical Herbalist and sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations.
Maurita holds a Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability and works as the Executive Director of LUSH Valley Food Action Society in the Comox Valley.
Rachel is a Naturopathic Doctor focusing on mental health and counselling through a variety of modalities including botanical and Chinese medicine.
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
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).
– 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 27 for the Fall 2019 program and December 30 for the Winter 2020 program.
– 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 27 for the Fall 2019 program and December 30 for the Winter 2020 program.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.