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Applied Nutrition (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

This 14-credit online certificate provides knowledge and skills in the area of clinical nutrition. Please visit our website at 

Created to provide students with training in advanced nutritional sciences, the GCAN will prepare graduates to successfully compete for jobs in the nutrition workforce as well as enhance placement into graduate or professional training programs. The GCAN is responsive to the challenges faced by today's nutrition professionals, and provides a path to advancement outside of the traditional, research-intensive M.S. degree.  This certificate may also serve to enhance the skill set of various healthcare professionals; including, but not limited to, doctors, nurses, chiropractors, medical assistants, health/wellness coaches and personal trainers. 

Tuition for those accepted into the Certificate Program is $650 per unit for both residents and nonresidents. Do not use Bursars Tuition Table.

The Graduate Certificate in Nutritional Sciences (GCAN)  in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The University of Arizona is designed to provide new insight and skill-building activities in areas to promote positive clinical outcomes in today's health care environment, including:

  • Statistical methods
  • Metabolism as it applies to various clinical conditions
  • Research methods in nutritional sciences
  • Advanced medical nutrition therapy (MNT)
  • Nutrition assessment & support
  • Nutrigenomics
  • Body composition
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Nutritional Sciences -

Thank you for considering the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona for your graduate studies!

The Nutritional Sciences Department at the University of Arizona offers traditional graduate research programs leading to a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nutritional Sciences under the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The Nutritional Sciences Department also offers online graduate programs, including a Graduate Certificate in Applied Nutrition designed to be completed in only 8 months and a Professional Science Masters in Applied Nutrition (non thesis) designed to be completed in 18 months.

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences  
Campus where offered
UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Kayle Jeanne Skorupski
Graduate Program Coordinator
Kayle Jeanne Skorupski
Director of Graduate Studies
Richard Simpson
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

GCAN program applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution.  A Bachelor of the Arts (B.A.) degree will be accepted in the area of Nutrition.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA overall in undergraduate degree
  • International students must submit a Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based) Score of 79 or (Paper-based) Score of 550.  The minimum IELTS (overall band score) is 7.
  • Additionally, because the GCAN is delivered exclusively online, the following student characteristics are essential to successfully completing the program:
  • Self-directed, independent learner
  • Able to manage time effectively
  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • Able to utilize a wide range of resources effectively
Standardized Tests

Required test(s): No GRE required

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Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: No Admission
  • Spring: No Admission
  • Presession: March 15

International Applicants:

  • Fall: No Admission
  • Spring: No Admission
  • Presession: March 15
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students accepted into the GCAN must complete the following courses to earn the Certificate:

  • NSC 501
  • NSC 509
  • NSC 519
  • NSC 542
  • NSC 575 –or– NSC 545
  • NSC 502

All courses will be fully distributed through online course tool platforms and technology.

Minor Requirements


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Last revised 15 May 2017