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Holistic Nutrition Training in Denver with Program Descriptions

Only two schools in the Denver area offer degree programs that combine holistic healing and nutrition education. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info for these schools, both within 10 miles of downtown, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Denver Schools Offering Holistic NutritionTraining

While no holistic nutrition programs exist in the Denver area, there are programs that can help an individual build a career as a holistic nutritionist. Denver is the home of the American Holistic Medical Association, an organization formed in 1978 with the goal of bringing together licensed medical professionals who practice holistic medicine. A holistic nutritionist typically needs a bachelor's degree and works as part of a support network for general holistic practitioners. Holistic nutrition can be offered as both a supplemental course within an integrative health program or as a full nutrition-focused degree.

This article looks at two schools that offer holistic nutrition training. Both are within a 20-minute drive of downtown. After an overview of the programs offered, there is a table of information about both schools that can help individuals figure out which school is best for them. The table covers topics such as school enrollment, tuition and the graduation rate. At the end of the article is information on two other area schools that offer relevant courses.

  • Red Rocks Community College offers an associate's degree and a certificate program in holistic nutrition. This school is around 10 miles from the city center.
  • Those seeking a four-year degree may choose a bachelor's degree program in human nutrition at Metropolitan State University - Denver, which is located downtown.

Red Rocks Community College

Red Rocks Community College sits just west of Denver in the suburb of Lakewood. Founded in 1969, the school has grown to serve nearly 10,000 students with over 150 programs, including those in nutrition.

Associate of Applied Science in Holistic Health

Red Rocks Community College builds this associate's degree program on a 9-credit core of holistic health, human nutrition and wellness counseling courses. In addition to the general education core, students may also choose 10 credits from a catalog of alternative healing topics. These include topics on herbology, digestive wellness, issues in holistic nutrition and more. Red Rocks maintains a transfer credit agreement between this program and the Metro State University - Denver's Bachelor of Science in Integrative Therapeutic Practices.

Certificate of Holistic Health

Built upon many of the same classes as the associate's degree, the certificate is designed for practicing health professionals who wish to credential themselves in this area. The program requires a total of 16 credits.

Metropolitan State University of Denver

The Metropolitan State University in Denver (MSU Denver) serves roughly 23,000 students, most of whom reside in the Denver area. MSU Denver takes in most of its student from the Denver area, and it is the highest among all Colorado Universities in educating minority students in math, science, technology and engineering.

Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics

The human nutrition and dietetics program at MSU prepares students for both traditional and non-traditional fields of nutrition counseling. As of 2013, the program was a candidate for accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Nutrition-related courses in this program include a cultural foods lab, community nutrition, therapeutic diets and more.

Comparison of Schools

Students who are looking for a school need to be aware of many factors. The following table offers a look at important information about these two schools in a format that makes it easy to compare them.

Red Rocks Community College Metropolitan State University of Denver
School Type Two-year, public* Four-year, public*
Total Enrollment (2011) 9,544* 23,789 (23,538 undergraduate)*
Campus Setting Large suburb* Large city*
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $2,962 in-state,
$11,263 out-of-state*
$5,341 in-state,
$17,022 out-of-state*
% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2011) 64%* 67%*
Acceptance Rate (2011) N/A - Open-admissions* 63%*
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 54% full-time,
37% part-time*
66% full-time,
58% part-time*
Graduation Rate (2010-2011) 23% overall,
34% transfer-out*
21% overall,
34% transfer-out*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

Other Schools

The Denver branch of Johnson & Wales University offers a culinary nutrition program. Additionally, the Front Range Community College offers a holistic health program that could serve as a path to further holistic training with a nutrition emphasis.

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