The Holistic Nutrition Certificate Program (HNCP)

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The Holistic Nutrition Certificate Program (HNCP)

The Holistic Nutrition Certificate Program (HNCP) at Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences is a 13 week program that uses modern nutritional models and cross-cultural comparisons to introduce students to whole foods nutrition and food as medicine. Completion of this certificate program enables graduates to use their knowledge to improve their own nutritional choices or those of family and friends and/or work in the health and wellness retail industry.

Enrol for the full program, or take modules of personal interest.

This program is eligible for student loans



Find all information about the program in the Info Pack, download here

This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education,
Skills & Training.

Holistic Nutrition Course Descriptions:

HN100 Fundamentals of Holistic Nutrition (3 credits)
This comprehensive course provides an overview of holistic nutrition practices. Drawing on both Eastern and Western paradigms of food therapy as well as food monographs, the course introduces students to the use of food as medicine and examines constitutional tendencies. Emphasis is on using real, whole foods to maintain balance and to prevent and treat disease. Students will explore nutrition in the context of individual body ecology, eating patterns, lifestyle factors, and local and global practices and trends.

HN101 The Science of Food & Digestion  (2.5 credits)
In this course, students will learn about the constituents of the whole food at macromolecular and micro molecular levels. To understand the mechanism of digestive system and its associated disorders. To begin to explore where nutrients come from, as well as their importance for particular tasks in the body and problems faced by deficiencies.

HN102 Food As Medicine (4.5 credits)
This course focuses on the core of holistic nutrition: using food to treat and prevent disease. It covers traditional as well as cutting-edge food therapies: Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, paleo-primal diets, auto-immune protocols, superfoods, and more. Students will learn how to use food to support long-term body-mind health. Topics covered include: the nature and actions of foods; eating with the seasons; the impact of food preparation methods; choosing best-to-worse options on the food spectrum; creating maintenance and therapeutic diets; creating individual-specific eating plans; using herbs as foods; food and metabolism; food and the endocrine system; food and brain health; and the impact of sugar, caffeine and processed foods on health and wellness.

HN103 Psychology of Nutrition I  (Eating Addiction: A Holistic Approach to Recovery) (1.5 credits)
Part 1 in a Psychology of Nutrition series, this course explores various unhealthy eating habits, patterns and addictions. Students will gain a deeper understanding of eating addictions and disorders from a holistic perspective. They will also learn practical strategies for helping clients move toward a healthier relationship with food and their bodies.

HN104 Lifecycles I: (Weight Management: From Diet to Lifestyle) (1.5 credits)
The first in a series of courses that looks at key nutritional issues throughout the lifecycle, this course explores weight management from a lifestyle and lifecycle perspective—moving beyond diet and towards sustained, healthy bodyweight. It covers the conditions of being underweight and overweight, as well as the science of weight gain and loss from traditional and biomedical perspectives. Emphasis is on using individualized eating and lifestyle plans to maintain an optimal bodyweight with minimal struggle.     

HN105 Food Allergies & Sensitivities 1 (1.5 credits)
This course explores common food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities, including their consequences for the body and mind. It covers methods for identifying, managing, and treating allergic and sensitivity reactions. 

HN106 Diet Evaluation and Food Coaching (1.5 credits)
This course looks at the fundamentals of diet evaluation and food coaching. It covers strategies for finding clients; strategies for coaching clients about their main health issues and goals; and principles of diet evaluation. Students will learn and practice skills needed to help others implement healthy eating plans. They will also develop client forms, questionnaires, and other supporting materials. 

HN107 Nutritional Supplements (2 credits)
This course will explore nutritional supplements available in Canada with emphasis on key terms, labeling and manufacturing, vitamin & mineral combinations supplements.  

TOTAL PROGRAM:   18 credits = 270 Hours

Elective (transferable to diploma program):

BMS197.  Western Anatomy & Physiology I ( 4.5 credits)
This foundational Western Medicine course provides a detailed study of the body’s skeletal and muscular systems, as well as, an introduction to basic anatomical terminology, biochemistry, and cellular physiology.

Admission Requirements:

  • A completed application form downloaded from the downloads menu (right side of the screen) or completed online
  • Official transcripts of secondary (high school) and/or post-secondary education – Minimum of Grade 11  completion with Grade 12 English.
  • Physician’s certificate of health (Western, Chinese or Naturopathic physician); a general statement of your current state of physical and mental health; including severe allergies
  • Two letters of professional  recommendation sent directly to the college
  • Criminal Record Check done through      Access Code: B97KBCTESG
  • Application fee of $150.00 CDN (non-refundable) for domestic students and $200 for International students.
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