WIP: Nutrition and Dietetics


Nutrition & Dietetics

Nutrition and Dietetics is one of the fastest growing industries. Hospitals, clinics, schools, senior living centers, wellness programs, community and public health centers, universities, and the hospitality industry are always in need of trained food service professionals.

LBCC’s Nutrition and Dietetic programs prepare students for entry-level jobs in two years or less. Students earn state recognized certification and receive hands-on training in local healthcare facilities.

The Nutrition and Dietetics program is committed to nurturing a learning environment that:

  • Provides the healthcare institution with culturally-diverse nutrition and dietetic practitioners who have excellent training, ethics, and professionalism.
  • Supports the lifelong academic and professional success of every student, regardless of race, national origin or economic status.
  • Contributes to the development of the student competency to provide nutritional care services in food-service management and clinical nutrition care.
  • Contributes to institutional success by preparing students to complete their training and find employment successfully, and to be responsive to community needs and become active leaders and mentors in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Degrees & Certificates

Explore the degrees and certificates offered by Nutrition & Dietetics Program.

    Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), Nutrition and Dietetics

    An AS-T degree provides a number of benefits for students planning to transfer to the Cal State University (CSU) system, including:

    • Guaranteed admission into a CSU school with a similar major
    • Priority consideration when applying to impacted majors and/or campuses
    Program Student Learning Outcomes:
    • Synthesize the theory and principles of clinical nutrition care.
    • Manage a Healthcare kitchen to industry standards.
    • Develop and conduct a nutrition presentation within a community agency.

    Associate in Arts (AA), Dietetic Service Supervisor

    This program prepares students for employment as entry-level foodservice manager in a variety of health care settings. A Dietary Service Supervisor (DSS) is certified to direct foodservice operations in health care facilities. The 30 units certificate program may be completed in two full-time semesters, which includes 150-hour of clinical field experiences/internship.

    The Associate’s Degree Program in Dietary Service Supervisor require additional major and general education courses.

    Associate in Arts (AA), Nutrition Assistant

    A Nutrition Assistant serves a nutrition counselor or manage, able to work in a variety of facilities such as hospitals, clinics, child and senior programs, health clubs, as well as foodservice management.

    This two-year program consists of the DSS requirements, plus an additional 11 units and general education courses. Students must also complete a 300-hour clinical field experiences/internship.


    • Graduates of LBCC’s AA degree in DSS are eligible for the CDM,CFPP certification exam.
    • Guaduates of LBCC’S NA Program will have met the Pathway II requiremets for eligibility for the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM), Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP) credentialing exam offered by te Dietary Manager Association.
    • Federal and State regulations recognize the CDM credential as one of the qualifications necessary to be a director of foodservice in the healthcare facility.

    Certificate of Achievement, Dietetic Service Supervisor

    The Dietetic Service Supervisor is the food service director of a health care facility, is a member of the dietetic team, functioning under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian or administrator. This program is the state approved program meeting federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) and Title 22 requirements of the California State Department of Public Health and Certification Regulation for food service supervisors in general acute care hospitals, acute psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation and convalescent hospitals, and intermediate care facilities. Completers are also employed as supervisors in community nutrition agencies, school lunch, elder nutrition and child nutrition programs. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply for a Certificate of Achievement in Dietetic Service Supervisor. 

    Certificate of Accomplishment, Formula Room Technician

    This program prepares students for employment as entry-level formula room technician in children hospitals. A formula Room Technician is responsible for the safe and effective operation of equipment needed to prepare infant formula and maintain sanitation in the preparation room.

    Course offerings

    View courses offered in different semesters to assist in developing academic plans.

    Course Name   Fall   Winter Spring Summer

    Nutrition & Life

    Food Selection/Meal Preparation


    Sanitation, Safety, & Equipment


    Intro. Food Service/Work Organization


    Supervision & Training Techniques


    Food Production Management


    Clinical Field Experience I


    Clinical Field Experience I


    Menu Planning & Food Purchasing


    Therapeutic Diet


    Advanced Nutrition Care


    Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy


    Prof. Development Dietetic Seminar


    Clinical Field Experience II


    Clinical Field Experience II


    Program resources

    California Department of Public Health

    California Department of Public Health Logo LBCC’s Nutrition and Dietetics/ DSS program are accredited by the California Department of Public Health – Licensing and Certification Division.  

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1917, by a visionary group of women dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improve the public’s health and nutrition during World War I.

    Today, the Academy has over 100,000 credentialed practitioners — registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, registered, and other dietetics professionals holding undergraduate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics, and students — and is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

    Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professional

    The Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals Logo The Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) is a national not-for-profit association established in 1960 that today has more than 14,000 professionals dedicated to the practice of providing optimum nutritional care through foodservice management.

    Bureau of Labor Statistics

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Logo Find career outlook and salary information at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor.

    dietary guidelines for Americans 2015-2020

    United States Department of Agriculture, Choose MyPlate.gov Logo Visit the USDA dietary guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 Federal guidelines at The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion.

    Servsafe – national restaurant association

    ServSafe Logo Nutrition & Dietetics students can visit ServSafe – National Restaurant Association to check if they passed and obtained the ServSafe certification from the National Restaurant Association. LBCC’s Nutrition & Dietetics program is offering the ServSafe exam during the Fall and Spring semester.
    Please visit our program of study.


    do you offer the CDM certification program?

    We are in the process of updating our DSS program to CDM. Currently, under the pathway II, the graduate of lbcc’s NA program and AA degree in DSS program are elibible for the CDM,  certification exam. For more information please see the nutrition and dietetics program brochures.

    How long does it take to complete the program?

    Depending on the number of units you take and whether you are a full-time or part-time student, completing a certificate program can take as little as one semester and completing an associate degree program can take about two years.

    Roadmap here.

    Which course are transferable to UC or CSU?

    Course Number Course Name Transferable System
    FN 20 Nutrition and Life CSU & UC
    FN 21 Food Preparation and Selection CSU
    FN 26 Nutrition for the Active Person CSU


    what are the jobs?

    • Food Service Management
    • Nutrition Consultant
    • Nutrition Sales and Marketing
    • Health Journalist
    • Commercial Foods
    • Community Nutrition

    Visit Career Coach for more information.

    where are the jobs?

    • Hospitals / Clinics
    • Schools Food Service
    • Fitness Centers
    • Health Clubs
    • Nutrition/Wellness Programs
    • Nursing and Retirement Homes
    • Eating Disordered Programs
    • Rehabilitation Centers /Convalescent Homes
    • Infant & Child Nutrition Programs
    • Senior Nutrition Programs