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Sports Nutrition and Performance

The Online Professional Certificate in Sports Nutrition and Performance has been designed to meet the growing demand for Registered Dietitians, DTRs, personal trainers, athletic trainers, allied health/medical and fitness professionals, and the general public who want to learn about developing individualized sports nutrition programs for clients, patients, or for personal improvement. This Web-based Certificate program provides an in-depth examination of contemporary nutritional topics such as advanced sports nutrition, vitamin/protein supplementation, functional food implementation, antioxidants, and meal plan analysis for optimal performance. 

Research of current issues include: energy and nutrient needs for performing activities of daily living with emphasis on particular physical activities; common myths and fallacies concerning diet and athletic performance; and appropriate behavioral change modifications and dietary approaches for different ages and populations. 

Who Should Attend

  • Allied health care professionals and Registered Dietitians will benefit from content and curriculum designed to prepare to apply their client’s health history toward optimal nutritional health and well-being. 
  • Personal trainers and fitness professionals will learn fundamental nutrition education to work with clients in partnership with Registered Dietitians. 
  • Individual consumers interested in learning more about nutrition, daily meal planning, wellness strategies, and sport nutrition and performance will be introduced to information to help them achieve their own goals or for their family members. 

Continuing Education Credits

The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the American Dietetic Association (ADA) has approved the Certificate in Nutrition program for 120 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs)/ or 30 (CPEUs) per course for both the Registered Dietitian (RDs) and Dietetic Technician-Registered (DTRs).

Course Requirements

The Certificate Program is designed to supply current research and practical application in the following four courses: Weight Management, Functional Foods, Public Nutrition/Wellness Education, and Sports Nutrition and Performance. The program has been established for health, medical, and fitness professionals, and Registered Dietitians seeking advanced nutrition education, re-certification, re-licensure, or career advancement.  Individuals from the public and consumers interested in seeking to stay current in nutritional program design, health, and performance would benefit from this program as well. 

To earn the certificate you are required to complete the four core courses.  The four core courses are offered in a two-module format; each module consists of two courses that are designed to be taken at the same time.  You may also register for individual courses if desired. 

“Each year many people resolve to change their health habits but lack the skills and expertise to conquer these habits, ultimately leading to decreased quality of life and/or chronic disease.  Consumers and health professionals worldwide are bombarded daily with messages about new nutrition research, foods and health tips.  Decoding these messages into practical application presents a significant challenge and can be overwhelming to both the health care professional, Registered Dietitian, and the individual trying to improve his or her health.  Each course in the certificate program incorporates strategies and techniques to enhance one’s knowledge and practical application of current nutrition research.” 

— Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE, CNSD,
Certificate Program Coordinator


Award of Certificates:

  • Complete and receive a passing grade of (C- or above) in all courses:  which includes quizzes, exams, written/research projects, and class assignments
  • Certificates will be mailed to students upon successful completion of the program.

Courses are offered on a rolling basis.

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Registration Information

The cost for each course is $249. The cost for the entire certificate is $996.

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