Nutrition for Fitness and Wellness - CCL

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Nutrition for Fitness and Wellness program is designed to provide personal trainers with a foundational nutrition background, in non-clinical settings. Students acquire the knowledge and skills to work in a general community setting, with a focus on improving well-being and healthy lifestyles.


Major Code: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits

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The Exercise Science, Personal Training, & Nutrition program at Scottsdale Community College is designed to prepare students for jobs in the fields of exercise science, fitness, and nutrition.

The Nutrition for Fitness & Wellness Certificate is designed for Personal Trainers who want to expand their knowledge of Nutrition as well as those individuals (non-PT) who want a basic Nutrition certificate.

Students can complement their Personal Training Specialist Certificate and AAS degree in Exercise Science with a Nutrition for Fitness & Wellness Certificate. This is a great combination of “stackable” certificates and degrees for those in the fields of exercise science and fitness.

SCC’s Exercise Science, Personal Training, & Nutrition program provides students learning experiences that create a solid foundation of nutrition knowledge applied to a variety of individuals. Our instructors all have a minimum of a Masters degrees in Nutrition as well as other Nutrition credentials.

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, day, evening, full-time and part-time.  

Program Length

It will take a minimum of 2 semesters (~9 months) as a full-time student to complete the Nutrition for Fitness & Wellness Certificate. The Certificate can also be pursued as a part-time student.


The estimated total cost of tuition for the Nutrition for Fitness & Wellness Certificate is $1,870 for Maricopa County residents.  Course fees may also add to the total tuition cost. 

Financial aid is available for students who qualify.  Please contact the SCC financial aid office to determine the process to apply.  For more information, visit the Financial Aid website.


The cost of Nutrition for Fitness & Wellness textbooks and supplies is approximately $1,288 and should be added to the tuition cost above. 

Program Curriculum

Semester 1

  • EXS 101 – Introduction to Exercise Science (3 credits)
  • EXS 125 – Introduction to Exercise Physiology (3 credits)
  • EXS 130 – Strength Fitness-Physiological Principles and Training Techniques (3 credits)
  • FON 100 – Introduction to Nutrition OR FON 241 Principles of Nutrition (3 credits)
  • Total credits: 12 credits

Semester 2

  • FON 125 – Introduction to Professions in Nutrition & Dietetics (1 credit)
  • FON 210 – Sports Nutrition & Supplements for Physical Activity (3 credits)
  • FON 230 – Nutrition for Special Populations (3 credits)
  • FON 247 – Weight Management Theory (3 credits)
  • Total Credits: 10 credits
Program Contacts

Robert Martin III, MS, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Exercise Science, Personal Training, & Nutrition Program Director
(480) 423-6205

Program Notes:

Set up an advising meeting by emailing or calling Robert Martin at robert.martin@scottsdalecc.eduor (480) 423-6205.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
EXS101Introduction to Exercise Science3
EXS125Introduction to Exercise Physiology3
EXS130Strength Fitness-Physiological Principles and Training Techniques3
FON100Introductory Nutrition (3) OR
FON+++++Any equivalent FON Food and Nutrition course (3)3
FON125Introduction to Professions in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics1
FON210Sports Nutrition and Supplements for Physical Activity3
FON230Nutrition for Special Populations3
FON247Weight Management Science3
  • Use current food guides and recommendations to select foods that maximize health and fitness. (FON100, FON+++++)
  • Apply current nutrition guidelines to exercise, sports, vegetarian diets, and selected stages of the life cycle. (FON100, FON+++++)
  • Identify and define the disciplines, professions and research areas encompassed by the field of exercise and wellness. (EXS101)
  • Identify dietary needs for fitness. (FON247)
  • Select and plan balanced meals. (FON247)
  • Identify and explain genetic, physiological, psychological, metabolic, and environmental influences on body weight. (FON247)
  • Apply basic and advanced nutrition principles to weight management. (FON247)
  • Explain the benefits derived from strength training. (EXS130)
  • Describe strength training physiology and kinesiology. (EXS130)
  • Use current food guides and guidelines to select foods and fluids for exercise and sports. (FON210)
  • Describe energy balance and list body fuels. (FON210)
  • Explain the types of metabolism. (FON210)
  • Differentiate between anabolic, catabolic, and energy producing supplements. (FON210)
  • Describe the management of the nutrition needs of special populations. (FON230)
  • Describe required educational preparation, training and areas of practice in nutrition and dietetics. (FON125)
  • Identify and describe the components of physical fitness. (EXS125)
  • Describe the neuromuscular, cardiorespiratory, and energy systems of the body. (EXS125)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.