Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

How long has Bauman College been in business?

Bauman College has been serving the community since 1989, providing quality education in holistic nutrition and culinary arts.

What are the prerequisites for enrollment?

Applicants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Acceptance into the program is subject to review of submitted application materials.

How do I apply?

Please visit the Application + Enrollment page for all application and enrollment details.

When can I start?

Bauman College Nutrition Consultant blended and Natural Chef programs begin each year in March and September. Online Nutrition Consultant cohorts begin every February, May, August, and November. Health Coach courses begin in April and October. Students are encouraged to apply early to ensure that their enrollment can be processed in a timely manner, as classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can I visit a class?

Yes! Prospective students may sit in on a class on a space-permitting basis after they have had an appointment with a Bauman College Admissions Advisor.

Does Bauman College offer job placement?

Bauman College does not offer job placement with employers; however, students have the opportunity to complete an optional advanced online business curriculum, the Bauman Business Institute (BBI), to support their career path.

What is the Bauman Business Institute?

The Bauman Business Institute (BBI) is available for purchase as an optional part of our Nutrition Consultant, Nutrition Health Coach, and Natural Chef programs. It was designed to assist students in navigating the process of deciding upon and succeeding in their career choices. BBI is available online for all students and can be accessed at students’ convenience. Through BBI, students will have the full duration of their training to explore their intentions and create their personal business portfolios so they are prepared to confidently start their practices or seek employment upon graduation.

Do I need a computer to take Bauman College courses?

Yes, access to a computer is required for the Nutrition Consultant, Nutrition Health Coach, and Natural Chef programs. Please refer to the Technical FAQs section for details.

Are the Bauman College programs accredited?

Bauman College is a nonprofit educational institution that has been approved to operate since 1992 by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer the following professional courses:

This approval demonstrates compliance with state standards as set forth in the educational code.

Does Bauman College work with Workers' Compensation?

Bauman College is approved to accept Workers’ Compensation.

Does Bauman College offer financial aid?

Bauman College is a nonprofit vocational technical school, licensed by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Bauman College is not eligible for federal financial aid, which requires a “Title IV” status. Prospective students should search for monies applicable to “vocational technical school” training programs. There are many options for privately funding education here at Bauman College. Please contact the Admissions Department to discuss available opportunities.

Bauman College offers payment plans and will work with students to customize a payment plan that meets their individual needs. Please contact the Admissions Department to discuss payment options.

Does Bauman College offer any relocation assistance?

Bauman College provides resources that help students find local housing and connect with other relocating students. Please contact the Admissions Department for further information.

Note: Students enrolling in the Natural Chef Program should make sure their housing arrangements include access to a kitchen. Culinary students will need access to a kitchen to complete some of their homework assignments.

What is Bauman College's international student policy?

Bauman College does not offer student visa services but will vouch for student status as necessary. Please note that international students participating in online programs are responsible for all international calling and shipping fees incurred during their program participation.

English Language Requirement: Bauman College accepts international students into online programs who are proficient in the English language. Instruction is not provided in any language other than English and no English language services are available. Non-native English speaking students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting a TOEFL certificate, high school diploma, or through the application essay and an interview appointment with the Admissions Department. All copies of student transcripts or diplomas must be submitted in English.

What are the funding and scholarship opportunities for students?

FUNDING RESOURCES

Bauman College is a nonprofit vocational technical school, licensed by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Bauman College is not eligible for federal financial aid that requires a “Title IV” status. Prospective students should search for monies applicable to “vocational technical school” training programs. There are many options for privately funding education here at Bauman College.

Bauman College encourages all incoming students to explore the web and use resources at public offices to help guide them in finding grants, scholarships, and private loans.

Visit our Grants + Scholarships page for a list of grants, scholarships, and scholarship publications.

Nutrition Consultant Program FAQs

What kinds of careers are available after taking the course?

Nutrition consultants are prepared to become key contributors to integrative clinics, doctor’s offices, employee wellness programs, nonprofit organizations, rehabilitation and recovery centers, schools, spas, health clubs, natural food stores, fitness centers, supplement companies, resorts, and corporate and residential dining facilities.

Graduates may choose to work directly for a company or organization or start a private practice or consulting business. Many graduates become leaders in the education, print and publishing, telecommunication, and media industries. They become contributing writers for newspapers, magazines, journals, blogs, and school curriculums and author books on pertinent health topics. They also speak at conferences, lead workshops, and educate people on holistic nutrition and healthy culinary preparation.

Is my certificate valid in all 50 states?

We are proud members of the Council of Holistic Health Educators. You can learn about the laws and policies of your state, sign up for action alerts, and receive one-on-one guidance and support by visiting www.holisticcouncil.com.

Where is the Nutrition Consultant Program offered?

Bauman College offers the Nutrition Consultant Program online and through a blended program that includes online lessons and in-person discussions in Berkeley or Sonoma County, CA.

Is there a professional organization for nutrition professionals?

Students and graduates of the Nutrition Consultant Program are eligible to become members of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). There are various levels of membership according to the level of coursework completed.

Can I obtain state or national certification upon completion of your program?

Graduates of the Nutrition Consultant Program are eligible to sit for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB) examination. The HNCB is a division of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). Professional members of the NANP who meet the board examination qualification criteria and successfully pass the board exam will earn the designation Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®.

What is the difference between your program and receiving a nutrition degree from a university?

Bauman College is a nonprofit vocational technical school, licensed by the California State Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to certify graduates as nutrition consultants, nutrition health coaches, and natural chefs. Graduates of the Nutrition Consultant Program are eligible to sit for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB) examination.

A university program confers degrees (e.g., bachelors or masters of science in dietetics or nutrition) that allow students to sit for a national examination administered by an accrediting institution and use designations such as registered dietitian or certified nutrition specialist. University programs are conventional in that they follow the USDA dietary guidelines, are based upon standard dietetic and nutrition texts, and apply guidelines established by major health and medical associations.  

Bauman College promotes a comprehensive and integrative approach to holistic nutrition, nutrition health coaching, and culinary arts. We advocate for the use of whole organic food, nutritive herbs, and appropriate supplementation to promote optimal health, restore metabolic balance, and support recovery from injury and illness. Our holistic approach also discusses stress management, sleep, toxic exposure, and social support as important health-promoting factors. The nutritional requirements of an individual are unique and we promote nutrition that is non-dogmatic, yet scientific, and based on individual needs. Our unifying philosophy aims to change the way people consume food from convenience to conscious eating. It can take several years to earn a nutrition degree from a university program, whereas the Bauman College program prepares you for a satisfying career in nutrition in just 14 months.

Are your classes transferable to universities?

There is a translation process from vocational to academic studies in some cases that allows hours of vocational work completed to count toward credits of academic work. The transferability depends on the policy of the specific university students may wish to attend.

I've found several other online nutrition courses. Why should I choose Bauman College?

At Bauman College, the online Nutrition Consultant Program offers the same great curriculum as the blended program which includes online lessons and in-person, classroom interaction. Online learning can sometimes be isolating; we use a modern, state-of-the-art, easy-to-use, educational delivery platform to allow students to create a supportive community with other students in their cohort and their instructors. Our multimedia program addresses different learning styles and helps students assimilate information. Students have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with faculty on an ongoing basis. Students may begin the Bauman College online program four times per year. Online learning allows flexibility for the busy student while creating community to support independent learning.

Nutrition Health Coach Program FAQs

What kinds of careers are available after taking the course?

Graduates of the Nutrition Health Coach Program are prepared to become key contributors to integrative clinics, doctor’s offices, employee wellness programs, nonprofit organizations, rehabilitation and recovery centers, schools, spas, health clubs, natural food stores, fitness centers, supplement companies, resorts, and corporate and residential dining facilities.

Graduates may choose to work directly for a company or organization or start a private practice or coaching business. Many graduates become leaders in the education, print and publishing, telecommunication, and media industries. They become contributing writers for newspapers, magazines, journals, blogs, and school curriculums and author books on pertinent health topics. They also speak at conferences, lead workshops, and educate people on holistic nutrition and health coaching.

Where is the Nutrition Health Coach Program offered?

Bauman College offers the Foundations of Nutrition component of the program in an online format or in a blended format that includes online lessons and in-person classroom sessions in Berkeley and Sonoma County, CA. The Health Coach component of the program is offered exclusively online where students are able to regularly chat with peers and faculty through online student discussion forums and live video classes.

Is there a professional organization for health coach professionals?

Graduates of the Nutrition Health Coach Program are eligible to sit for the exam offered by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). The NBHWC partners with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to offer the only national board certification for health coaches in the US and Canada. Upon passing the exam, graduates can become National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWC).

Can I obtain state or national certification upon completion of your program?

The Nutrition Health Coach Program is an Approved Transitional Program by the NBHWC. Successful completion of the Nutrition Health Coach Program meets the standards for coaching education required to sit the exam to become a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). For more information, including a list of board exam eligibility criteria, please visit nbhwc.org.

I've found several other online health coaching programs. Why should I choose Bauman College?

The Nutrition Health Coach Program aligns with Bauman College’s other programs and is distinguished by its holistic healing approach of addressing root causes of health issues.

This program prepares students with the skills required to effectively utilize health coaching as a healing modality uniquely paired with the robust support of foundational knowledge in whole-foods nutrition. The program provides a comprehensive 11-month health coaching curriculum along with a fundamental nutrition curriculum in which students learn macro- and micronutrient selection, digestion, chronic disease prevention, sports nutrition, and the effects of food on the body. Students learn narrative health coaching, which goes beyond conventional coaching, to encourage clients to gain awareness of the mindsets and stories that can contribute to maladaptive health behaviors. They learn to support their clients in creating new stories that promote sustainable healing and health promotion. The program is approved by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), and graduates are eligible to sit for the board exam, which upon passing, enables them to become National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWC).

Natural Chef Program FAQs

What kinds of careers are available after taking the course?

Natural chefs are in demand for their unique knowledge and training of using alternative ingredients to help heal illnesses and promote wellness. Natural chefs are prepared to become key contributors in hospitality, employee wellness programs, nonprofit organizations, rehabilitation and recovery centers, corporate and residential dining, schools, resorts, spas, health clubs, restaurants, catering, and food production companies.

Students may choose to work directly for companies or organizations or start personal chef businesses, catering companies, or other food businesses. Many graduates become leaders in the education, print and publishing, telecommunication, and media industries. Graduates become contributing writers for newspapers, magazines, journals, blogs, and school curriculums and they author books on pertinent health topics. They also speak at conferences, lead workshops, and educate people on holistic nutrition and healthy culinary preparation in many different ways.

Where is the Natural Chef Program offered?

The Natural Chef Program is offered in Berkeley, CA.

What professional affiliations are there for personal chefs?

There are several professional associations that offer services to personal chefs such as The United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA) and the American Personal and Private Chef Association (APPCA). Members have access to a variety of services, which may include job listings, recipes, menu software, liability insurance, national media exposure, and more. The Natural Chef Program is a recommended training program through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). Students and graduates are encouraged to join this organization to stay connected, support the rights of nutrition professionals, and stay abreast of the latest developments in the field of nutrition.

What is the difference between the Natural Chef Program and culinary courses offered at my local college or culinary school?

The Bauman College Natural Chef Program teaches students to succeed in the culinary field in 5 months by combining classic culinary training with therapeutic techniques for the prevention of illness and the promotion of optimal health. Students will not only become experts in food preparation, flavor selection, and food presentation, but will also learn how to prepare meals with alternative and therapeutic ingredients and techniques to maximize the nutritional elements in a dish and to nourish and support the health of their clients. Students in the Natural Chef Program complete a 50-hour independent culinary externship to gain hands-on experience in a professional setting—working in venues such as restaurants, food production companies, resorts, corporate or residential dining facilities, nonprofit organizations, catering companies, and other food service programs.

Technical FAQs

What computer skills do I need to complete courses at Bauman College?

Basic computer skills will be necessary to successfully complete any program at Bauman College. Following is a list of required skills:

Basic Word Processing: Students must be able to use a word processor to create basic documents. This includes using templates, making tables, and inserting headers, footers, and graphics into documents. These skills are required to complete homework assignments.

PDF Handling: Students need to be able to open, view, and convert documents to PDF format as a part of their studies.

Basic Web Skills: During classes, students will need to use the web for a variety of tasks ranging from Internet research to using online nutrition analysis tools. Basic proficiency in the use of a web browser and basic web applications is necessary.

Web Application Skills: Students are required to use the Bauman College Community Forum, a bulletin board-style web system, where questions are posted and valuable information is shared. Students may also be required to use a web-based system to post questions, access materials, and complete homework.

Email: Email is a primary means of communication at Bauman College. Students are expected to have an active email account and to regularly check and respond to email.

Do I need a computer to take Bauman College courses?

Yes, use of a computer will be required to complete all Bauman College vocational programs, including Nutrition Consultant, Nutrition Health Coach, and Natural Chef.

Do I need an Internet connection to take Bauman College courses?

Students will need access to a reliable broadband Internet connection (DSL, Cable, or High Speed Satellite connections) with at least 4 Mbps download speed (recommended). Lower speeds or additional users may drastically impact students’ experience.

Why do you require computer and Internet access?

We have determined that computer and Internet use are necessary to offer and maintain the best educational experience possible.

Computer use is an important skill for all professions, nutrition consulting, health coaching, and natural cheffing included. Whether it’s using an online diet analysis tool or software, communicating with a client via email or online chat, or simply doing research for nutritional or culinary purposes, computer and Internet use are vital tools.

What are the specific hardware and software requirements?

Students must have access to a computer with one of the following configurations in order to use the Bauman College Student Dashboard and other tools.

Window Users

  • Operating System: Windows XP (not recommended), Vista (not recommended), Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10
  • Internet Connection: Broadband with 4 Mbps or higher download speed (recommended)
  • Audio: Speakers and microphone (or headset)
  • Web Browser: Internet Explorer 9 (not recommended) or higher, Safari 6 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 25.0 or higher, or Google Chrome 30.0 or higher

Mac Users

  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
  • Internet Connection: Broadband with 4 Mbps or higher download speed (recommended)
  • Audio: Speakers and microphone (or headset)
  • Web Browser: Safari 6 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 25.0 or higher, or Google Chrome 30.0 or higher

Linux Users (note: official support for Linux systems is not provided)

  • Operating System: Any modern Linux distribution that supports the other requirements listed below
  • Internet Connection: Broadband with 4 Mbps or higher download speed (recommended)
  • Audio: Speakers and microphone (or headset)
  • Web Browser: Mozilla Firefox 25.0 or higher, or Google Chrome 30.0 or higher

In order to complete written assignments and to view online course materials—including lectures, handouts, and forms—the following additional software is required:

Students may also need to purchase nutrition analysis or recipe management software. A list of recommended diet analysis software options is available to new and existing students in the private student section of our Community Forum. In addition, students may need to create PDFs using a PDF writer. If a student does not have access to a PDF writer, Bauman College recommends DoPDF (free) or the built-in PDF conversion functions on Mac.

What are the accepted file formats for homework submission and other documents?

For compatibility reasons, we only accept file submissions in the following formats. This includes application and enrollment documents, homework submissions, resumes, and all other documents sent to Bauman College.

Text Formats

  • DOC, DOCX
  • RTF
  • TXT
  • PDF

Presentation Formats

  • PPT, PPTX
  • PDF

Spreadsheet Formats

  • XLS, XLSX

Image Formats

  • JPG or JPEG
  • PNG
  • GIF

We do not accept any other proprietary text editor format such as “WPS” (Microsoft Works) or “WPD” (WordPerfect). All modern office software suites include the option to save to standard DOC (Word 97-2003) formats. If you need a free office suite with this functionality, please download Open Office (free) which is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Do you provide instructions and technical support?

Students in the Nutrition Consultant and Nutrition Health Coach programs receive instruction on using the Student Dashboard and online instruction resources, including a video walk-through and built-in help links. General instruction for nutrition analysis is provided, but we do not specify, nor provide support for, any particular diet analysis software.

We provide technical support for systems that we maintain, including the Student Dashboard, Forum, and our website. We do not provide support for software issues for outside systems including Microsoft Office troubleshooting and instruction, or general computer use. If students need instruction in computer use or use of a particular software program, we recommend online learning resources or a class at a local community college.

What is the turnaround time for technical support responses?

Technical support inquiries should receive a response within 24 hours, though our response time is usually much quicker. Support hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. We do not provide support during the weekend and highly recommend that students planning to complete homework at that time verify that they have the access and resources necessary to complete their work.

Does Bauman College provide computers for student use?

We do not provide computers for student use. Bauman College strongly recommends students have their own personal computer that can be accessed at all times.

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