WIP: Nutrition & Dietetics

Overview

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.
Career Opportunities
  • Food Service Management
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Nutrition Sales and Marketing
  • Health Journalist
  • Commercial Foods
  • Community Nutrition
  • CDM (Certified Dietary Manager)
  • Formula Room Technician
     

Degrees & Certificates

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

CERTIFIED DIETARY MANAGER (CDM) ELIGIBILITY
  • 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.

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

Plan Code: 5506B/C – This Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer degree prepares students for a major in Nutrition and Dietetics at a four-year institution. This degree will provide students with foundations in nutritional science, food principles, biology, microbiology, chemistry sciences, and statistics required towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Food Administration at the four- year university. This AS transfer degree will allow a seamless transition to the CSU system for students interested in a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist professional pathway.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Utilize up to date, evidenced based practices in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing in a health care or community nutrition environment whether working with children, families and seniors.
  • Advocate within the community for continued support of health and nutrition.

Associate in Arts degree (AA), Dietetic Service Supervisor

Plan Code: 1320 – 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 in community nutrition agencies, school lunch, adult and child nutrition programs. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply for a Dietetic Service Supervisor Certificate. The student may also receive the Associate in Arts degree if the graduation requirements are completed.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Synthesize the theory and principle of clinical nutrition care.
  • Manage a healthcare kitchen to industry standards.
  • Develop and conduct a nutrition presentation within a community agency.

Associate in Arts degree (AA), Nutrition Assistant

Plan Code: 1321 – The Nutrition Assistant is a member of the dietetic health care team, functioning under the direction of a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. This program instructs the student in nutritional care, teaching techniques, nutrition principles, diet modification, nutritional counseling and food service management. Nutrition Assistants are trained to function as nutritional care specialists in the dietary departments of hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities. For the Nutrition Assistant Program, students must fulfill the Associate Degree requirements (by completing the Certificates of Achievement for the Dietetic Service Supervisor 30-unit program, Nutrition Assistant program courses 13 units and the graduation requirements). Students completing the associate degree, in Nutrition Assistant are eligible for transfer to a four-year university and can continue their education in Dietetics/Food and Nutrition. This degree offers a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist pathway.

    Certificate of Achievement, Dietetic Service Supervisor

    Plan Code: 3320 – 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 Achievement, Formula Room Technician

    Plan Code: 3221 – This Certificate of Achievement will prepare an individual to be employed as a Formula Room Technician or Formula Room Human Milk Technician in specialized formula rooms in children hospitals and other health care institutions. The Formula Room Technician is responsible for safe and effective operation of equipment needed to prepare infant formula and maintain sanitation in the preparation room.

    PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

    • Evaluate proper safety and sanitation techniques utilized in food service systems.
    • Create menus for modified diets in the health care setting.

    Certificate of Accomplishment, Formula Room Technician

    Plan Code: 4321 – This Certificate of Accomplishment will prepare a student to work in specialized formula rooms in hospitals and healthcare settings.

    Course offerings

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    FN 20
    Nutrition & Life

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    FN 21
    Food Selection/Meal Preparation

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    FN 224
    Sanitation, Safety, & Equipment

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    FN 225
    Intro. Food Service/Work Organization

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    FN 227
    Supervision & Training Techniques

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    FN 228 
    Food Production Management

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    FN 230A
    Clinical Field Experience I

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    FN 230B
    Clinical Field Experience I

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    FN 231
    Menu Planning & Food Purchasing

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    FN 232
    Therapeutic Diet

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    FN 234
    Advanced Nutrition Care

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    FN 235
    Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy

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    FN 236
    Prof. Development Dietetic Seminar

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    FN 240A
    Clinical Field Experience II

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    FN 240B
    Clinical Field Experience II

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    Course descriptions

    FAQ

    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.

    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?

    • CDM (Certified Dietary Manager)

    A Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM®, CFPP®) has the education, training, and experience to competently perform the responsibilities of a dietary manager and has proven this by passing a nationally-recognized credentialing exam and fulfilling the requirements needed to maintain certified status.

    Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professionals (CDM, CFPPs) are nationally recognized experts at managing dietary operations. Many works in healthcare—nursing facilities, rehab centers, senior living communities, or hospitals. Some work in correctional facilities, schools, and the military. Others work for corporations.

    CDM, CFPPs are experts at managing foodservice operations and ensuring food safety. They are responsible for implementation of menus, foodservice purchasing, and food preparation. They apply nutrition principles, document nutrition information, manage work teams, and much more.

    • Formula Room Technician

    The Formula Tech’s primary role is the preparation of human milk and the safe and sanitary production of infant formula. The Tech is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of equipment within regulatory guidelines and sanitary maintenance of the preparation room. The Tech must interpret technical physician orders, ensure accurate dosing, maintain quality/safety, order supplies, and adhere to all policies/procedures.

    • Food Service Management
    • Nutrition Consultant
    • Nutrition Sales and Marketing
    • Health Journalist
    • Commercial Foods
    • Community Nutrition
    • CDM (Certified Dietary Manager)
    • Formula Room Technician
    • Other health related jobs and much more!

    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

    How much does the program cost?

    Please visit Financial Aid for tuition cost and Federal Work Study information.

    Who are the Career & Technical Education (CTE) counselors?

    Schools/Program Counselor Location
    Career & Technical Education Alicia Andujo LAC
    Career & Technical Education Lorraine Blouin LAC
    Career & Technical Education Laura Garcia LAC
    Career & Technical Education Diana Ogimachi LAC
    Career & Technical Education Robert Olmos PCC
    Career & Technical Education Tom To PCC

    Please visit the Counseling Office for Academic Counseling, Career Exploration, Educational Planning, College Transfer, Student Resources, and many others to help you achieve your educational goals.

    HOW TO LOOK UP COMPARABLE COURSE LISTINGS

    To help determine if courses taken at other schools are comparable to Long Beach City College courses, please visit LBCC Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

    For more information, see Transcript Evaluation & Credit Transfer. 

    HOW TO APPLY FOR YOUR DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE?

    Visit Admissions & Records to apply for your degrees and certificates.