Certificate in Sports Nutrition
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the program format?
The program is offered entirely online.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for fall (Sept.)entry is March 1 and for spring (Jan.)entry is October 1.
What terms are available?
Students may enter the C.S.N. program only in September and January.
How long will the program take me?
You will need to complete 12 credits (4 courses) of coursework. If you are enrolled only in this nutrition program, the certifcate can be completed in two academic semesters by taking two courses each semester. However, most students take one or two years for completion. Courses are taken during the fall or spring semesters of each year. You do not need to take courses in consecutive semesters; however, you must finish within 3 years.
Will you review/evaluate my transcripts beforehand and see what courses I need?
Due to the time and effort involved in reviewing transcripts and other components of the applications, we are not able to review your transcripts before you submit your application. However, prerequisites to apply to this program include an Introductory Nutrition course and two semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs. If you have successfully completed (grade of B or better) these courses at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, you may apply.
May I apply to the MS and C.S.N. programs simultaneously?
Students may apply to the M.S. and C.S.N. programs simultaneously (and in fact this is preferred). If accepted, two courses in the C.S.N. program are required for the M.S. degree and one additional course can be used as an elective for the M.S. degree. A student will need to earn 34 credits to complete both the M.S. and C.S.N. simultaneously. However, completing both programs will lengthen your duration of studies. If the C.S.N. program is completed on its own, these courses may not be counted towards the M.S. degree in subsequent years. Only the C.S.N. program is offered online: the M.S. program is only offered on campus.
If you originally apply only to the M.S. program and are accepted and enroll and decide at a later date that you want the C.S.N. credential, and you take C.S.N. courses without applying you will not receive an official Simmons Certificate. You must formally apply for admission before completing all C.S.N. courses , submitting a new application fee and other information. Contact directly the Office of Admission of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at 617-521-2605.
Do I ever have to come to the Simmons campus?
No. All of the required courses are available online.
What is the minimum number of courses I can take each semester?
Students are NOT required to take a course every semester, but you are expected to complete the certificate in three years or less. We usually advise students who are working full-time to take only one course a semester. However, two courses are offered each semester.
What level of familiarity with technology do I need for this program?
You need to be able to find documents on the web,search through a database, send and receive email and use attachments. You should be comfortable in using a word processing program such as MicrosoftWord and presentation software such as PowerPoint. Some courses may ask you to use data base programs such as Excel.