School Nutrition (Certificate)

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Earn a certificate that demonstrates your competence in the knowledge and skills necessary for managing school nutrition programs.

The certificate in school nutrition is for current degree-seeking students and post-baccalaureate students who are interested in qualifying to sit for the school nutrition specialist credential offered by the School Nutrition Association. This certificate program provides a higher level of information on the requirements to run a school food service operation and offers students insight into the rules and regulations of the National School Lunch Program. More information for this credential is available at

Individuals must complete 900 working hours in a school nutrition or food service environment before they are eligible to sit for the national exam. There is also a cost associated with taking the exam, and more information can be found at

At A Glance

School Nutrition (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The certificate requires that students take the following courses, for a total of 29-31 credit hours. Students must earn a minimum grade of "C" in all courses in the certificate.
Required Courses -- 29 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Interested students should speak with their academic advisor.

Career outlook

Students can advance their career options with an undergraduate certificate. The certificate in school nutrition can help students gain entry-level school food service positions such as food service manager, child nutrition coordinator, food service worker, school food menu planner or child nutrition manager.

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