Sports Nutrition and Performance Certificate

Sports Nutrition and Performance

Develop Individualized Sports Nutrition Plans

This online, self-paced certificate program has been designed to meet the growing demand for Registered Dietitians, Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians - registered (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.

Students are provided with 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.

Program Cost - Tuition for the full certificate is $1195. Students may also register for classes individually rather than the full certificate program.

Students may also register for classes individually rather than the full certificate program.

Full Certificate Tuition $1,195.00   Register Now!

Upcoming Classes

Class Title Next Start Date
Nutrition and You: Functional Foods - online Online
Weight Management & Nutrition in the Lifecycle - Online Online
Introduction to Sports Nutrition & Performance - Online Online
Public Nutrition and Wellness Education - Online Online

Who Should Enroll in this Certificate?

  • The content is designed for entry‐level and experienced professionals who want to work as Registered Dieticians, Dietetic Technicians, or in other allied health, medical and fitness professions.
  • Classes are also opened to certified fitness and nutrition professionals looking for CECs or CEUs. Click Here to view National Organizations/Associations Approval of Continuing Education Credits/Units.

Required courses:   4

Total hours of instruction:   200

  • Participate in online lectures (120 hours)
  • Complete all course reading and exercises (40 hours)
  • Study and memorize exercise science/anatomical terminology (6 hours)
  • Maintain a learning journal to document key concepts, insights and applications (10 hours)
  • Study/Prepare to take the Registered Dietician or Dietetic Technician Exam (24 hours)
Required courses Held in: Fall
Nutrition and You: Functional Foods (PROEA 201)
Weight Management & Nutrition in the Lifecycle (PROEA 202)
Introduction to Sports Nutrition & Performance (PROEA 203)
Public Nutrition and Wellness Education (PROEA 204)


Courses are online. You can enroll and begin anytime! Courses can be as part of the full certificate program or individually.

Log-in information

Log In Information and other important details, will be sent within 3-4 business days of enrollment, from, our partner, Educational Fitness Solutions (EFS).

Average time to complete:

Once you log in to an individual course, you have eight (8) weeks to complete that course and you will have until June 15, 2109, to complete all courses within the certificate program. Most of the courses require about 5 to 10 hours of effort per week. You should expect to log in early in the week when the weekly module is released and spend 45 minutes to one-hour with the new material. Then, log in 4 or 5 more times per week for 30 minutes or so to keep up with the discussions and make your contributions.

Other certificate details

  • Sequencing requirements – it is required to complete the courses in the order outlined above.
  • Pre-requisites – None.
  • Computer access– access to a computer with reliable high speed internet.

Certificate Completion Requirements

  • Satisfactory grade in all required courses.
  • Individual classes may have projects to complete during the class to earn a satisfactory grade which will be communicated in the class syllabus.


  • Students are required to fulfill the same expectations and requirements as matriculated students including exams, projects and participation.
  • Certificate students will receive an “S-Satisfactory” or “U-Unsatisfactory” assessment for each course. “S-Satisfactory” will indicate that the student has earned a 70% or better.
  • Students must receive an “S-Satisfactory" grade in all courses for successful completion.
  • Each fitness course includes the following:
    • Quizzes - 100 Points
    • Class Discussions - 100 Points
    • Written Project 100 Points
    • Final Exam 100 Points
    • Total 400 Points

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to be engaged for the full length of each class.

More information including drop policy here.

Nutrition and You: Functional Foods (PROEA 201)

In this online, self-paced course, students will learn will learn what functional foods to eat for increased performance in sports, training, and daily life.

Weight Management & Nutrition in the Lifecycle (PROEA 202)

In this online, self-paced class, students will learn that applying the principles of good nutrition starts at Day 1!

Introduction to Sports Nutrition & Performance (PROEA 203)

This online, self-paced class teaches what to eat before, during, and after competition, how to design optimal meal plans for athletes, and be able to identify the best sport supplements such as protein powders/bars, creatine, and sport drinks.

Public Nutrition and Wellness Education (PROEA 204)

This online, self-paced course delves more deeply into nutrition, performance, and optimal wellness. Master the tools needed to provide educated answers on nutrition and overall well-being.

Certificate Instructors

Instructors for this certificate hold either a Master’s degree or Ph.D in Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Physical Therapy, Nutrition, or other exercise science related field.

Program Cost - Tuition for the full certificate is $1195.

Tuition for individual courses - $299

  • Tuition listed above is for the 2018-2019 academic year and subject to change without advance notice.
  • Financial aid is not available for this noncredit certificate. Students are encouraged to inquire with their employers to determine if tuition assistance is available.
  • Professional Education Tuition Installment Plan and other payment options can be found here:
  • This certificate is eligible for Veterans Administration GI Bill® Funding.
  • This certificate is not eligible for the University of Utah employee tuition discount benefit.

  • Additional Costs
    • Book - Nutrition for Health, Fitness, & Sport 11th Edition, Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishers, 2007, ISBN: 13: 978-0078021350. Purchase from Amazon or your favorite online bookstore.
    • Optional PowerPoint Study Aid Packets available for $15/per course. Order PowerPoint Packets

Why choose the University of Utah?

We understand that you have a choice when it comes to taking professional development courses and we work hard to earn your trust with each and every class!

By selecting the University of Utah, you’ll enjoy the following benefits whether you’re coming to us as someone new to the job market, a career changer, a seasoned professional or a lifelong learner.

Resume Power - Benefit from the University of Utah reputation for credibility and quality. Choosing the University of Utah for your certificate program makes a clear statement about your commitment to excellence.

Instructor Excellence - Learn from instructors with real world experience and professional credentials.

The Power of the U Network – Students have access to a valuable University of Utah peer and faculty network.

Networking – Meet and network with other students pursuing or working in the industry.

Student Support – Count on the ongoing support of a dedicated student services staff that will assist you every step of the way.

Certificate Completion Requirements

  • Students must receive an “S-Satisfactory" grade in all classes for successful completion.
  • Completion of all required courses (200 hours) within one year (12 months)

How is my accomplishment recognized?

  • For students earning an “S-Satisfactory" grade
    • The certificate program will appear on University of Utah official transcripts.
    • An official University of Utah certificate of completion will be mailed within a few weeks.

Are there exams? Am I graded?

Yes. There will be quizzes and exams in each course. Following is the course breakdown:

  • Quizzes 100 Points
  • Class Discussions 100 Points
  • Written Project 100 Points
  • Final Exam 100 Points
    • Total 400 Points
Certificate courses are graded with a "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" option. “S-Satisfactory” will indicate that the student has earned a 70% or better. For successful certificate completion, students must achieve a "satisfactory" grade in all courses.

Can I apply these classes to a degree at the University of Utah?

This certificate is noncredit and cannot be applied to a University of Utah for-credit degree. However, some students have received transfer credit to other universities for these courses, even though they are noncredit. Student should check with the University, they want to transfer credit to, for specifics.

Are these classes eligible for federal financial aid?

Students pursuing a certificate are considered "non-degree seeking," a status that is not eligible for federal student aid loan programs.

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