Certificate Program Update 2021

Due to the pandemic, the Whole Food Plant Based Culinary Nutrition Certificate program is currently on hold. We will do our best to start the program again when we are again able to hold in-person classes.
In the meantime, a similar course is being held online through our Community Education department. You can view the upcoming Summer class here.


Course Dates

Winter 2021: Saturdays 1/9-1/30

Fees per four-week program

The course fee includes digital access to all ingredient and material lists, printable recipes, live Zoom Webinar instruction, and a Certificate of Completion.

  • Current cost: $50

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The program can be canceled and refunds granted if written notice is provided within 14-days of the program start. Bastyr reserves the right to cancel courses with insufficient enrollment, in which case a full refund will be granted to those registered. No refunds will be granted for participants once the four-week program has begun but participants are allowed to make up one missed class during the next schedule certificate program dates.


This certificate program is ideal for health practitioners, chefs, home cooks, students, and foodies that want to learn and integrate whole-food nutrition education and preparation skills into their current cooking repertoire. No prerequisites other than a passion to learn how to prepare healthy, whole-food based meals. Minimum age 16.

Instructor Bio

Fernanda Larson, MS, CN, is adjunct nutrition faculty at Bastyr University California. She received her Master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University, the largest and most respected natural health arts & sciences university in the U.S. Her award-winning cooking programs have reached thousands of curious chefs of all ages through her San Diego culinary classes, including programs for the Del Mar School District and e3 Civic High School. She has been featured in the Del Mar Times, The Coast News, North County Kids Magazine, Red Tricycle San Diego, Mommy’s Guide to San Diego, L’Chaim Magazine, on NBC7 San Diego News and on Channel 6's Wake Up San Diego program.