Nutrition & Dietetics


Nutrition & Dietetics

Nutrition and Dietetics is one of the fastest-growing industries. Hospitals, clinics, schools, senior living centers, wellness programs, community and public health centers, universities, and the hospitality industry are always in need of trained food service professionals. LBCC’s Nutrition and Dietetics program prepares students for entry-level jobs in two years or less. Students earn state-recognized certification and receive hands-on training in local healthcare facilities.

NUTRITION & DIETETICS - Program Brochure

(Program Video: LBCC Career Technical Education, Nutrition & Dietetics)


Nutrition and Dietetics, Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)
Dietetic Service Supervisor, Associate in Arts (AA)
Nutrition Assistant, Associate in Science (AS)
Dietetic Service Supervisor, Certificate of Achievement (ACH)
Formula Room Technician, Certificate of Achievement (ACH)
Cake Decorating Techniques, Certificate of Completion (C-COMPL)
Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) Board Exam Preparation, Certificate of Completion (C-COMPL)

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Nutrition & Life

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Food Selection and Meal Preparation

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Sanitation, Safety and Equipment

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Intro to Food Service/Work Organizations

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NUTR 28 
Food Production Management

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Menu Planning & Food Purchasing

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Therapeutic Diets

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Advanced Nutrition Care

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Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy

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NUTR 227
Supervision & Training Techniques

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Clinical Field Experience I

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Clinical Field Experience I

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NUTR 236
Dietetic Professional Development Seminar

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Clinical Field Experience II

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Clinical Field Experience II

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Recommended Courses (AS/AA Degrees)

Nutrition for the Active Person

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NUTR 233
Special Topics in Health Care Dietetics

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NUTR 250
Nutrition in Healthy Cooking

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NUTR 253
ServSafe Certification

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NUTR 254
Nutrition for Adults and Aging

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NUTR 255
Vegetarian Lifestyle

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NUTR 256
Weight Control & Energy Balance

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NUTR 260
Cultural Foods

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NUTR 261
Cooking for Wellness

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NUTR 262
Cooking for Singles

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NUTR 601
CDM Board Exam Preparation 1

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NUTR 602
CDM Board Exam Preparation 2 

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View Course Descriptions on LBCC College Catalog.


The Nutrition and Dietetics program is committed to nurturing a learning environment that:

  • Provides the healthcare institution with culturally diverse nutrition and dietetic practitioners who have excellent training, ethics, and professionalism.
  • Supports the lifelong academic and professional success of every student, regardless of race, national origin, or economic status.
  • Contributes to the development of the student competency to provide nutritional care services in food-service management and clinical nutrition care.
  • Contributes to institutional success by preparing students to complete their training and find employment successfully, and be responsive to community needs and become active leaders and mentors in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

  • Assistant Director of Child Nutrition
  • CDM (Certified Dietary Manager)
  • Clinical Nutrition Assistant
  • Commercial Food Service Operation
  • Community Nutrition
  • Corporate Catering/Specialty Nutrition Dining Manager
  • Diet Office Manager in the Health Care
  • Director of Senior Nutrition Programs
  • Food and Nutrition Department Director or Assistant Director
  • Food Service Management
  • Formula and Human Milk Technician
  • Health Journalist
  • Infant Formula Room Technician
  • Infant Nutrition Technician
  • Manager of Dietary Department in Hospitals and Rehabilitation Centers
  • Milk Lab Technician
  • Milk Room Assistant Manager
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Nutrition Sales and Marketing
  • Nutrition Wellness Programs
  • Patient Service Manager
  • Pediatric Nutrition
  • Public Health Professionals
To explore potential jobs in this field of study, we strongly urge you to visit LBCC Career Center. Working with a career counselor, we will assess your strengths, skills, interests, and accomplishments to help you identify internship opportunities and career goals that match your educational and professional needs.


Do you offer the CDM certification program?

We are in the process of updating our DSS program to CDM. Currently, under the pathway II, the graduate of LBCC’s NA program and AA degree in DSS program are eligible for the CDM,  certification exam.

How long does it take to complete the program?

Depending on the number of units you take and whether you are a full-time or part-time student, completing a certificate program can take as little as one semester and completing an associate degree program can take about two years.

Make a 30-minute appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.

Who are the Career & Technical Education (CTE) counselors?


Please visit the Counseling Office for Academic Counseling, Career Exploration, Educational Planning, College Transfer, Student Resources, and many others to help you achieve your educational goals.

Which course are transferable to UC or CSU?

Course Number Course Name Transferable System
NUTR 20 Nutrition and Life CSU & UC
NUTR 21 Food Preparation and Selection CSU
NUTR 26 Nutrition for the Active Person CSU

How to transfer and lookup comparable course listings?

To help determine if courses taken at other schools are comparable to Long Beach City College courses, please visit LBCC Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

For more information, please visit LBCC Transfer Center.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit Financial Aid for tuition cost and Federal Work Study information.

How do I receive my degree or certificate after I finish the coursework?

You will need to complete an application for your degree or certificate and submit that application to the LBCC Admissions & Records office. Read how to apply for graduation and receive your degree or certificate for more details.

What are the jobs?

  • CDM (Certified Dietary Manager)

A Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM®, CFPP®) has the education, training, and experience to competently perform the responsibilities of a dietary manager and has proven this by passing a nationally-recognized credentialing exam and fulfilling the requirements needed to maintain certified status.

Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professionals (CDM, CFPPs) are nationally recognized experts at managing dietary operations. Many works in healthcare—nursing facilities, rehab centers, senior living communities, or hospitals. Some work in correctional facilities, schools, and the military. Others work for corporations.

CDM, CFPPs are experts at managing foodservice operations and ensuring food safety. They are responsible for implementation of menus, foodservice purchasing, and food preparation. They apply nutrition principles, document nutrition information, manage work teams, and much more.

  • Formula Room Technician

The Formula Tech’s primary role is the preparation of human milk and the safe and sanitary production of infant formula. The Tech is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of equipment within regulatory guidelines and sanitary maintenance of the preparation room. The Tech must interpret technical physician orders, ensure accurate dosing, maintain quality/safety, order supplies, and adhere to all policies/procedures.

  • Food Service Management
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Nutrition Sales and Marketing
  • Health Journalist
  • Commercial Foods
  • Community Nutrition
  • CDM (Certified Dietary Manager)
  • Formula Room Technician
  • Other health related jobs and much more!
  • Hospitals/Clinics
  • Schools Food Service
  • Fitness Centers
  • Health Clubs
  • Nutrition/Wellness Programs
  • Nursing and Retirement Homes
  • Eating Disordered Programs
  • Rehabilitation Centers /Convalescent Homes
  • Infant & Child Nutrition Programs
  • Senior Nutrition Programs