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Sports Nutrition Certificate

Program Details

By completing a series of four courses, students have the opportunity to earn a Sports Nutrition Certificate through Penn Foster. The student first receives an introduction to sports nutrition where they learn the demand of sports. Students are taught the difference between fitness and performance, and how optimize their performance and manage tissue health. Students also study the fundamentals of nutrition, including metabolism, glycolytic pathways, lactate clearance, and glycogen depletion.

Students determine caloric needs based on energy demands, learning how to decide appropriate levels of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Students study micronutrient management, the role of electrolytes, and chemical interactions. By learning the human demand of water, students can therefore understand hydration, balancing fluid intake and retention, and the physiology behind dehydration.

Students learn about nutrition relating to training, and are taught the legal issues of using supplements, energy and mass enhancers, fat blockers, and anabolic steroids. In the course Body Composition, students learn the dynamics of fat tissue, and how to optimize performance weight. By learning about weight management, students are able to better maintain lean body masses, cut fat, and manage calories.

Prospective students may apply for the Sports Nutrition Certificate program by submitting an online application found on the Penn Foster website.


  • Have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent

Accreditation & Licensing

Penn Foster Accreditation and Licenses

  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. And, nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
  • Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postseconday Education.