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2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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NN 202 - Nutrition for Health Care Professionals

This course introduces the student to the principles of normal nutrition. Assessment of nutritional status and normal nutrient requirements of different age levels and life stages are explored. Nutritional care as part of professional nursing practice is emphasized. This course is designed for students enrolled in programs that require a nutrition course and others who have an interest in how nutrition relates to health.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: Final Project

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe the multiple factors that influence nutritional intake and identify the essential nutrients required for optimal health.
  • Describe the energy-producing nutrients and include the key roles of each in the body.
  • Describe the functions of essential vitamins, minerals, and water, and identify significant dietary sources of these nutrients.
  • Identify the parameters of nutritional assessment used for healthy individuals and include those parameters used for individuals stressed by illness.
  • Describe the basic processes involved in the digestion, absorption, and metabolism of food.
  • Apply the special nutrient requirements of individuals at various stages in the life cycle to case study scenarios.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate nutritional interventions to various diseases or conditions within case studies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to modify diets to match essential nutrient requirements during different stages of the life cycle.
  • Recognize the significance of nutrition as it impacts health and health care delivery.


Credits: 3

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