FAQs Sport Nutrition
Sport Nutrition Graduate Certificate Program
Why should I pursue this certificate at ETSU? What makes it unique?More than ever, professional and college-level sports organizations are acknowledging the importance of exposing their athletes to more nutrition conscious lifestyles. If you are interested in integrating nutrition with athletes and sports enthusiasts then the Sport Nutrition Certificate is just for you.
What is the one thing that excites you about this certificate?
"As an up and coming Sport Physiologist/Sport Scientist, I often provide evidence-based and data-driven training regimens to optimize recovery and adaptation for high-level athletes. More often than not, I am asked to provide nutrition recommendations to complement my athletes' training regimens. With the Sport Nutrition Graduate Certificate, I will be able to provide better recommendations for my athletes, who compete in weight classes, relative to the training that will be prescribed."
S. Kyle Travis, MS, CSCS, ASCC
What are my job prospects with this certificate?
Most sports nutritionists gain entry into the field by gaining a combination of formal education and training in athletic, fitness and sports settings.
Regulatory restrictions for sports nutritionists will vary from state to state. Most employers hire sports nutritionists that have proven occupational proficiency by completing an undergraduate degree in a career-related major such as nutrition, exercise science, sports nutrition, kinesiology, food science and dietetics. However, sports nutritionists that complete graduate or post-graduate education often attract a greater volume of employers and clients alike.
As a result of an expanding job market, sports nutritionists are finding positions in settings that combine physical activity with nutrition. Common workplaces include colleges and universities, sports organizations, athletic clubs, and fitness centers.
Is a master’s degree required for admission?
If not, does my undergraduate degree have to be related to this field?
Your undergraduate degree should be in nutrition, dietetics, exercise science, exercise physiology, kinesiology, athletic training, physical therapy or closely-related field or if you are a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or a graduate student currently enrolled in a dietetic internship/supervised practice accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
Does this certificate require the GRE (and/or GMAT)?
Are the courses for this certificate asynchronous or synchronous?
All 5 courses in this certificate are 100% asynchronous online with no synchronous requirements.
Does this certificate require a dissertation, field work, internship, and/or thesis?
Is this certificate designed to meet the needs of adults who work full-time and/or have family obligations?
This certificate program was developed specifically for the professional who works full-time with other obligations. You can complete this certificate in 2 semesters or 5 semesters. It is up to you and your needs.
Is there a plan of study/course schedule I can review for full-time and part-time options?
You can complete this certificate in 2-3 semesters as a full-time student or in 5+ semester as a part-time option.
- NTFD 5150 Introduction to Sport Nutrition (offered fall, spring, & summer semesters)
- NTFD 5350 Advanced Sport Nutrition for Athletic Performance (offered fall, spring, & summer semesters)
- NTFD 5550 Current Trends in Sport Nutrition (prereq: NTFD 5350) (offered fall, spring, & summer semesters)
- NTFD 5250 Nutrition and Exercise in Weight Management (offered every other semester)
- NTFD 5255 Nutraceuticals and Dietary Supplements for Health and Performance (offered every other semester