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NCSF Sports Nutrition Specialist (Voucher Included)

In the Sport Nutrition Specialist course, you will be exposed to a variety of content related to nutrition and its relationship with human performance. The course will prepare you for successful completion of the NCSF-Sport Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Exam and will support an existing fitness related professional credential or allied health professional license.

You will learn about energy-yielding nutrients such as carbohydrates, fat, and protein, as well as the importance of vitamins and minerals and nutrient timing. The physiological adaptations to exercise and how that relates to nutrition will also be covered. You can expect to develop a deeper understanding of how to optimize performance in athletes and the athletic population through proper nutritional strategies.

This course includes a voucher that covers the fee of the exam.

6 Months / 70 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

Purchase College, SUNY

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Learning Method


Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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NCSF Sports Nutrition Specialist (Voucher Included)

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES159

What You Will Learn
  • Know nutrients and recommended intakes
  • Master fuel sources for muscle and exercise metabolism
  • Learn about gastric emptying, digestion, and absorption
  • Understand how to manage body composition and weight
  • Know how to identify eating disorders in athletes
  • Learn about nutrition and immune functions in athletes
  • Understand nutrition needs and training adaptations
  • Learn how to calculate nutrient requirements and manage nutrient-timing to accelerate adaptations to training
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 70 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Prepare to sit for the NCSF-SNS Exam and to earn the Sport Nutrition Specialist certificate
  • Prepare yourself for a job as a personal trainer, strength coach, or allied health professional
  • Better your understanding of nutrition and health so as to become a healthier individual and more knowledgeable industry professional


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Introduction to Nutrients

Discover the fundamentals of nutrition by learning about recommended nutrient intake.

Introduction to Intakes

Understand how different bodies need different nutrition amounts and how to properly designate a meal schedule.

Physiological Concepts for Nutrition

Learn about fuel sources for muscle and exercise metabolism, energy, gastric emptying, digestion and absorption.


Understand carbohydrates, fats, proteins, water requirements, and fluid balance.

Micronutrients and Supplementation

Cover suitable intake levels for vitamins and minerals.

Nutrition and Physiological Adaptations to Exercise

Complete the course by learning about nutrition and training adaptations, body composition, weight management, eating disorders, and nutrition and immune functioning.

  1. Unit 1 Introduction to Nutrients and Intakes
    1. Nutrients
    2. Nutrients and Recommended Intakes
  2. Unit 2 Physiological Concepts for Nutrition
    1. Fuel Sources for Muscle and Exercise Metabolism
    2. Energy
    3. Gastric Emptying, Digestion and Absorption
  3. Unit 3 Macronutrients
    1. Carbohydrate
    2. Fat
    3. Protein
    4. Water Requirements and Fluid Balance
  4. Unit 4 Micronutrients and Supplementation
    1. Vitamins and Minerals
  5. Unit 5 Nutrition and Physiological Adaptations to Exercise
    1. Nutrition and Training Adaptations
    2. Body Composition
    3. Weight Management
    4. Eating Disorders in Athletes
    5. Nutrition and Immune Function in Athletes
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Instructors & Support

No instructor

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.




You must be 18 years or older to take the Sport Nutrition Specialist Exam. You can register for the Sport Nutrition Specialist Exam at any time with the NCSF. Once registered for the exam, you will be provided a unique eligibility code, which allows you to schedule an exam for a date, time, and location of your choice. You must meet at least one of the following requirements to be eligible to take the exam:

  • Hold a current NCSF certification, or
  • A current NCCA-accredited fitness professional certification, or
  • A college degree (Associate's or higher), or
  • REPs Level 3 or higher credential (individuals outside the US and Canada)


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. You will receive access to the digital edition of the following textbook:

  • Sports Nutrition


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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

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Does this course prepare for a certification?

Yes, this course prepares you for the NCSF-Sport Nutrition Specialist (SNS) exam.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

How can I get more information about this course?

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