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Certificate in Sports Nutrition

Prerequisites

The student must hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or an institution of higher education abroad which is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country;  prerequisites must have been completed within ten years prior to the application deadline. Undergraduate majors in the following areas are appropriate for this certificate:

  • nutrition
  • exercise physiology
  • kinesiology
  • sports medicine
  • or related fields

Required courses which must be completed before or in progress at the time of application include: introductory nutrition and human anatomy and physiology I and II (with labs) from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Please note that graduate credits from another institution cannot be transferred to the Certificate in Sports Nutrition program, nor can courses be completed on a non-degree basis. All courses must be completed at Simmons College. All courses are offered online.

Required Courses for Consideration for Admission:

Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab (2 sems.)

The following Simmons courses fulfill this prereq:

BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 sem. hrs.)

Prereq: One year each of college biology and chemistry.

Presents an integrated approach to the fundamental facts and concepts of human anatomy and physiology. Emphasizes the cellular basis of membrane excitability and hormone action, neurobiology, and musculoskeletal system and motor control. Laboratory includes histology, gross anatomy, and physiological experiments.

BIOL 232 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 sem. hrs. )

Prereq: One year each of college biology and chemistry; BIOL 231 recommended.

Introduces structural relationships and functional integration of major systems of the human body, with emphasis on reproductive, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and defense systems. Laboratory includes histology, gross anatomy, and physiological experiments.

Fundamentals of Nutrition or Introduction to Nutrition (1 sem.)

The following Simmons courses fulfill this prereq:

NUTR 111 Fundamentals of Nutrition Science (4 sem. hrs.)

Studies these basic concepts: functions of nutrients in the human organism, nutrient needs at varying stages of the life cycle, and nutrition status. Examines the health effects of nutrient inadequacies and excesses. Discusses the scientific basis of recommended nutrient intake and dietary guidelines for the US population. Includes lecture and laboratory. Laboratory experimentation demonstrates or tests the nutrition principles presented in the lecture.

NUTR 112 Introduction to Nutrition Science (4 sem. hrs.)

Studies the functions of nutrients and their requirement in the body, their effects on health, and nutrient needs during different stages of the life cycle. Discusses the effects of nutrient deficiencies and excesses as well as the dietary reference intakes and guidelines for the US population.