The Associate of Science Degree in Health Science with a concentration in Nutrition and Wellness will be awarded upon successful completion of the program.

This program provides a sound academic foundation for the student who wants to pursue an entry-level position in nutrition, health and fitness, public health, and health education, and/or transfer to a 4-year program in any of those fields. This program is designed to prepare students for the competitive and ever expanding field of healthcare and personal wellness services.

In addition to the core requirements for the Health Science Degree (29 credits), the student will be required to take courses in nutrition, pathophysiology, and personal training, and choose from among many different electives for a program total of 62 credits.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in the 2012-2022 period, employment among healthcare support occupations is expected to increase by 28.1% and healthcare practitioners and technical occupations by 21.4%.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college’s first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Health Science Degree with a Concentration in Nutrition and Wellness

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
I. General Education Core
 BIOL 195CAnatomy and Physiology I +++324
 BIOL 196CAnatomy and Physiology II +++324
 CHEM xxxCChemistry Elective* +++324
 ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
 ENGL xxxCEnglish Elective303
 INDL 120CGlobal Public Health**303
 MATH 120C or higherMathematics Elective***404
 PHIL 242CContemporary Ethical Issues+303
II. Advanced Standing CreditsIf appropriate
III. Related coursework to complete the degree++Variable
 BIOL 122CBasic Pathophysiology or303
 BIOL 222CPathophysiology303
 BIOL 129CIntroduction to Sports Nutrition or303
 BIOL 159CPersonal Nutrition324
 BIOL 259CNormal and Therapeutic Nutrition or404
 BIOL 279CLife Cycle Nutrition303
 HLTH 120CCare and Prevention of Athletic Injuries324
 HLTH 150CPersonal Wellness111
 HLTH 152CPersonal Training324
  Concentration Elective3-403-4
 Pick four from these: 
 BIOL 202CMicrobiology334
 BIOL 229CNutrition in Exercise and Sports303
 BIOL 259CNormal and Therapeutic Nutrition or404
 BIOL 279CLife Cycle Nutrition303
 HLTH 101CMedical Terminology303
 HLTH 125CCoaching Principles I303
 PSYC 220CHuman Growth and Development: The Life Span303
 PSYC 226ACSport and Exercise Psychology303
 Concentration Credits  33-38

Note: A minimum of eight credits hours in courses numbered at the 200-level must be earned through instruction at NHTI.

Additional credits, up to the required 62 credits, may be taken in areas of interest or need of the individual student, or may be transferred in from another institution.

* CHEM 100C does not meet this requirement.

** Meets SociaL Science requirement.

*** MATH 129C does not meet the minimum math requirements.

+ Meets Humanities/Foreign Language/Fine Arts requirement.

++ Courses identified as “institutional credit only” do not meet this requirement.

+++ Courses with online/virtual labs for BIOL 195C, BIOL 196C, CHEM xxxC are not accepted.

Specific Admission Requirements

  1. High School level courses in chemistry and biology with labs, or the equivalent, must be completed with grades of “C” or higher.

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62 Credits Required


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