School Nutrition & Food Services

Photo of a stack of books and a school lunch tray with roll, milk, jello and a plate of food

Our Hospitality and Tourism Management program at Purdue University Calumet has been educating students since 1981 and has decided to recognize the School Foodservice professional with its own Certificate in School Nutrition and Food Services.

We are very excited to offer this latest certificate program, completely online. The Certificate in School Nutrition and Food Services (CSN) program is designed primarily for those who are already working in the School Nutrition and Food Services (on-site) sector of the Hospitality Industry.

The program is designed for practitioners who desire a specialized credential in School Nutrition and Food Services that emphasize strong supervisory and managerial hospitality skills that can help them meet employer requirements.

The CSN certificate can also provide career opportunities to enhance existing school nutrition and food service ability and assist those who are considering a change in career direction.

Why Choose the Certificate in School Nutrition & Food Services
The hospitality and tourism industry includes lodging, restaurants, food services, travel and tourism. In the Food Services segment covers on-site, contracted and self-operated units that are mostly not-for-profit operations that serve the following:

  • Schools and Community Food Services
  • Business and Industry
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Health Care
  • Recreation/Clubs/Transportation
  • Vending Food Operations

All are unique, different, specialized but still part of this dynamic Hospitality and Tourism Industry. This segment serves people where they live and work, play and study, and recreate and heal.

Program Requirements
The CSN program requirements include completion of 25 credit hours of coursework. That’s only nine courses and they are all ONLINE!!!

Coursework has been designed with the guidance of experienced and degreed practitioners in the field and should meet the applicant’s needs for basic personal development, education and recognition in their school district.

At 25 credits (9 courses) it is reasonable in scope, deliverable online and doable (one to two years) for most working in the industry and those who may desire to change careers and pursue work in On-Site Food Services.

You can complete the program in your choice of three academic plan rotations: 1-year; 1½-year; 2-year (see below).
illustration of table containing list of classes for academic plan rotations. Click link for actual data

Tuition and Fees
$300 per credit hour

Apply Now!
So, if you are ready to start the application process, please complete the Purdue University Calumet online admission application.

If you need assistance with the Online Application, please download our Online Application Guide.

Chynisse Browder, Academic Advisor

Behavioral Sciences – Porter 218E
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323-2094
phone: 219-989-2588
fax: 219-989-2008

Information Resources
CSN Plan of Study and Course Descriptions (PDF)
eCourses (BlackBoard) Login
eCourses (BlackBoard) Technical Assistance
Frequently Asked Question (DOC)
Academic Rotation Plans (PDF)
Financial Aid
Online Application Guide (DOC)
School Nutrition Association
Indiana School Nutrition Association