Nutrition for Fitness and Wellness

Nutrition for Fitness and Wellness - CCL

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.

The Nutrition for Fitness & Wellness Certificate is a valuable addition to enhance any Personal Trainer’s nutrition education.  The Nutrition for Fitness & Wellness Certificate is also a good starting point for an individual who wants to build a solid foundation of Nutrition knowledge.

Program Code

5302 Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Nutrition for Fitness & Wellness

Course Format

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

How long will it take?

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.

Tuition Cost

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

MCCCD Program and Award Information
Effective term: 
2014 Spring
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Course sequence
Consumer Program Costs and Career Information: GC, MC, SC Suggested Course Plan Sequenced by Semester

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.

Award notes

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

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
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)