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Nutrition Associate NA.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 4 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Nutrition and Dietetics
Effective as of Fall 2024

What is the program about?

Graduates of the certificate program create environments where moments of joy, independence, and wellness are promoted as they assist with preparation of food items and serves food to patients and residents within a scheduled time frame. The Nutrition Associate cleans and maintains food service areas, including kitchen and dining room, assists the Nutrition Director or Dietary Manager and/or cook in maintaining inventory and quality control. Maintains clean, neat and safe work environment. Assures that residents diets are followed. Maintains current sanitation audits and highest standards for kitchen cleanliness. Assists as a patient or resident assistant when all dietary duties are finished.

Program Outcomes

  • Students will collaborate effectively with dietary staff, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals to ensure the delivery of high-quality, individualized nutritional care to patients and residents.
  • Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to seek entry-level employment as dietary aides in various foodservice and healthcare settings, demonstrating the competencies and qualities necessary for success in the profession.
  • Students will adhere to professional standards of conduct, confidentiality, and ethics in all aspects of their work as Nutrition Associates, maintaining respect for the rights and dignity of patients and residents.
  • Students will be able to implement proper food safety and sanitation practices in accordance with local health regulations and industry standards, including safe food handling, storage, and preparation techniques.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic nutrition principles, including macronutrients, micronutrients, dietary guidelines, and special dietary considerations for different populations such as elderly and those with medical conditions.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are abundant in both the Premier and Kettering Health hospital network organizations as well as area long-term care facilities. Nutrition Associates may also pursue employment opportunities in the public school system and correctional facilities.


The courses in this STC are transferable to DIT certificates and programs as well as area colleges with a Dietetic Technician degree.


Course Title Credits
DIT 2101 Dining Assistant Dietary Aide 1
DIT 2510 Institutional Food Safety & Quantity Food Systems 3
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Program Accreditation Information

This STC is not regulated or approved by an accreditation agency.

This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.