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. Bauman College joined National Holistic Institute in August 2020.

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 materials.

When can I start the natural chef or nutrition consultant program?

The online Natural Chef and Nutrition Consultant programs start four times a year. Please contact an admissions representative to find out when the next start will be.

Will Bauman College help me find a job?

Yes, our school offers career placement assistance; our staff has relationships with many employers in the nutrition consultant and natural chef industries, as well as years of business experience to pull from to support those graduates who seek self-employment.

Do I need a computer to take Bauman College courses?

Yes, access to a computer or tablet is required for the Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef programs. The admissions representative will discuss the technical requirements with you.

Is Bauman College accredited?

Yes; in 2020, Bauman College partnered with the National Holistic Institute, a vocational institution accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). As a part of NHI, Bauman College’s Natural Chef and Nutrition Consultant programs are approved through ACCET.

Does Bauman College work with Workers' Compensation?

Bauman College is approved to accept Workers’ Compensation.

Does Bauman College offer financial aid?

Yes – As a partner of the National Holistic Institute, we are approved by the United States Department of Education, allowing us to offer financial aid to those who qualify. We also have a variety of other financial options including career loans and monthly payment plans.

Nutrition Consultant Program FAQs

What kinds of careers are available after taking the Nutrition Consultant 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 Nutrition Consultant certificate valid in all 50 states?

Each state has specific regulations regarding the practice of a nutrition consultant. You can learn about the laws and policies of your state. Sign up for action alerts by visiting the Council of Holistic Health Educators.

Where is the Nutrition Consultant Program offered?

Bauman College offers the Nutrition Consultant program online.

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 vocational school, whose online Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef programs are approved by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) through their partnership with the National Holistic Institute. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded a Nutrition Consultant or Natural Chef diploma.. 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 nutrition and culinary arts. We advocate for the use of whole organic food, nutritive herbs, and healthy lifestyle to promote optimal health, restore metabolic balance, and support recovery from injury and illness. Our integrative 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 programs also address the inequalities in access to food, education, and health care, which underlie health disparities in our society and aim to challenge the dominant power structures which typically dominate the nutrition and culinary industries by considering other perspectives.. 

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 15 months.

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

Online learning can sometimes be isolating. At Bauman College, we offer a modern, state-of-the-art, easy-to-use educational delivery platform that allows students to create a supportive community with other students in their cohort and with their instructors. Our multimedia programs support different learning styles so that students more readily assimilate information. Students have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with faculty on an ongoing basis. Students may begin the Nutrition Consultant program and the Natural Chef program four times per year. Our online programs allow flexibility and independence for the busy student while creating community to support learning.

Natural Chef Culinary Program FAQs

What kinds of careers are available after taking the course?

The holistic Natural Chef culinary program is a personal chef training course. Graduates are eligible to pursue a variety of culinary arts careers, such as:

  • Personal Chef / Private Chef
  • Meal-Delivery Chef
  • Dinner-Party Caterer

Each of its kitchen courses are focused on holistic, health-forward cooking for personal and private chefs and their clients. The program’s business course is pointedly focused on starting a personal chef business, and everything that entails. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to start their own personal chef businesses, or some may prefer to start out working for a personal chef company. They may 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 Culinary Program offered?

The Natural Chef culinary program is offered online.

What professional affiliations are available 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 Culinary Program and culinary courses offered at my local college or culinary school?

The Bauman College Natural Chef culinary program teaches students to succeed in the culinary field in 12 months by combining classic culinary training with nutrition-based philosophy for optimal nutrient intake and knowledge in a variety of specialty diets.

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 whole-food ingredients through techniques that maximize the nutritional elements in a dish, as well as nourish and support the health of their clients.

Students learn the importance of organic and sustainable sourcing of food, reducing food waste, and making healthy food attainable for all. The program also challenges the power structures that typically dominate the food and culinary industry by amplifying other important, but often underrepresented perspectives. While traditional culinary schools train almost entirely for restaurant work, we train personal chefs to provide the opportunity for a career with better pay, better hours, and a healthier approach to feeding people.

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