Diploma in Nutrition


The purpose of the Hope College Nutrition Diploma is to help operationalize the mission and objectives of Hope College by providing students with an educational experience that will position them to be qualified for to become a nutritional consultant working with individuals interested in improving their health through positive nutritional consumption.


The Hope College Nutrition Diploma will offer students a number of unique pedagogical experienced including:

  • small student:instructor ratios offering close mentoring throughout the program;
  • immediate access to local practicum placements at the Hope Clinic and other local venues;
  • delivery in a rural context with an acute sensitivity of issues related to living and working in rural communities;
  • instructional practitioners – individuals not only qualified to teach but proven exercise & wellness service professionals;
  • student practicum placements in both the first and second year of the program;
  • a flexible curriculum that allows instructors to ensure that students are exposed to leading edge ideas and needs in nutritional consulting.

Course Title: Fundamentals of Health and Nutrition – Nut 100

This course provides a basic framework for the study of nutrition including; micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), the energy-yielding nutrients (Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins), metabolism, digestion, absorption and energy balance.

An introduction to the principles of nutrition as they relate to health and to the prevention of disease. Students who complete this course will:

  • Have a fundamental understanding of nutrition;
  • Understand the chemical compounds that make up nutritional structures;
  • Understand how the body breaks down nutrients and turns them into energy; and
  • Have a basic understanding of metabolism, digestion, absorption and energy balance at a cellular level.

Course Title: Nutritional Symptomatology I – Nut 101A

This is a two part course. In part one, students will learn how to interpret physiological symptoms as a symbol of nutritional deficiencies or excesses. Using clinical assessment of nutritional status, students will learn the inter-relationships that exist between nutrients and how these play a critical role in determining optimal nutritional requirements. Students will develop foundational as well as specific protocols for balanced nutritional health.

At the end of this course students will:

  • Understand how physiological symptoms reflect and determine one’s nutritional status;
  • Perform physiological assessments of a person to establish any nutritional imbalances;
  • Learn the essential principles of biochemical individuality and how this plays a critical role in determining optimal nutritional requirements, specific nutritional deficiencies and toxicities; and
  • Be able to develop individualized protocols that address and correct nutritional imbalances.

Course Title: Nutritional Symptomatology II – Nut 101B

This course expands the knowledge from Nut101A by introducing the various tools used to assess nutritional status: Nutribody Questionnaire, Hair Mineral Analysis, pH Testing, Thermography and Basal Temperature Test. It covers symptomatology and specific supplementation, diet and life style protocols for more complex conditions, including leaky gut syndrome, Crohn’s, endocrine dysfunctions, CFS, heavy metal toxicity, liver and kidney detoxification, immune system issues and cancer. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge on various case studies.

Students will develop a thorough understanding of underlying causes of disease and methods to prevent them. At the end of this course students will:

  • Be able to apply their knowledge on various case studies;
  • Have practical knowledge on an array of health assessment tools;
  • Be proficient on how to use health assessment tools in a clinical setting; and
  • Be able to develop treatment protocols for various health conditions that are prevalent in society right now.

Course Title: Nutrition within the Environment – Nut 102


Based on the understanding that environments maintain and promote health, this course covers nutritional principles which promote health and prevent disease. Topics include the safety of our food supply, naturally occurring and environmental toxins in foods, microbes, and food poisoning.

At the end of this course students will:

  • Understand how environmental factors affect the quality of the food we eat;
  • Be skilled in ways to work with environmental factors to promote health through food;
  • Be proficient in educating clients on how the environment impacts their food; and
  • Create protocols that provide safe, nutritionally balanced diets.

Course Title: Comparative Diets and Various Metabolisms – 201

This is a two part course:

Part I Metabolism: Part I provides tools for comprehending the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids with an emphasis on the regulation of these metabolic processes. Related topics will include enzyme and coenzyme catalysis, vitamins and coenzymes, hormones and antibodies.

Part II Comparative Diets: Part II provides information about the holistic principles of food dynamics and their application for optimal health and well-being. Students learn and assess the many therapeutic benefits and limitations of several alternative diet approaches including: low-fat diets (Pritikin and Ornish), high protein diets (Dr. Atkins, Protein Power, Zone, Carbohydrate Addict), Glycemic Index and longevity diets (Macrobiotics, Okinawa). Various vegetarian plans are discussed with an emphasis on understanding protein complementation and Natural Hygeine diets (Hippocrates, Fruitarian, Juicing). The course will also address general cleansing diets for caffeine, alcohol and nicotine detoxing.

At the end of this course students will:

  • Understand how the metabolic process within the body works in relation to carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids;
  • Critically evaluate the various forms of diets used in society; and
  • Be able to educate and prescribe healthy diets for patients.
  • Evaluate and design customized health-promoting diets and lifestyle programs for any individual.

Course Title: Nutritional Practicum I and II Nut 202A and Nut202B

As a mandatory requirement for the Nutrition Diploma program, students will spend 50 hours applying their educational training in a professional setting. Settings include, but are not limited to, holisitic nutrition clinics, chiropractic offices, spas & other fitness organizations, health food stores, homeopathic/naturopathic clinics and senior facilities involving individual and group therapy. The Co-operative placement allows students to build confidence and become familiar with a clinical/practice setting in the alternative health field.

Upon completion of the course a student should be able to:

  • Obtain a working understanding of the roles a Nutritionist can play within a healthcare setting;
  • Obtain on the job experience working with people as a Nutritionist; and
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the day to day routine and occupational environment of a Nutritionist.

Course Title: Sports Nutrition – Nut 203

The main focus of this course is the role of nutrition in fitness and sport. The main focus of the course is on how nutrition can help maximize muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility. Various techniques for guiding athletes in proper nutrition in training and prevention of dehydration will be taught along with prevention of sports related injuries related to insufficient nutrient levels. Real case studies are examined, exploring leading methods & techniques in optimizing sports performance with proper nutrition.

Upon completion of the course a student should be able to:

  • Explain how nutrition affects athletic performance;
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of nutritional deficiencies in relation to athletic performance;
  • Evaluate nutritional status of an athlete; and
  • Design a nutritional program that optimizes athletic performance.

Course Title: Advanced Nutritional Research and Preventative Healthcare – Nut 204

This is a two part course:

Advanced Nutritional Research: Part I will focus on statistical research techniques utilized by professionals in the healthcare field. Through examining ethical considerations, appropriateness, reliability and validity of research designs, students will be encouraged to critically analyze research literature as it applies to nutrition.

Preventative Healthcare: Nutrition plays a significant role in the prevention and restoration of many disease states. Part II will look at how proper nutrition can protect against, reverse and/or retard many ailments including: osteoporosis, diabetes, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure, arthritis, cancer, anemia, kidney disease and colon cancer. Current research developments on phytochemicals, antioxidants and nutraceuticals will be explored.

Upon completion of the course a student should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate research studies;
  • Use research literature to create treatment protocols;
  • Understand what role phytochemicals, antioxidants and nutraceuticals play in a persons health; and
  • Use nutrition as a healing tool in disease states.