This course addresses the basic principles of nutritional needs throughout the life cycle and in the application of these principles, the maintenance and restoration of health. The diet therapy component prepares the practical nurse student to work with individuals with alterations in nutritional needs. An overview of the basic information needed to make valid decisions to maintain wellness, prevent disease, and support diet therapy is addressed. Nutrition is a course designed to provide students with knowledge of the principles governing healthy dietary patterns and the relationship between dietary practices and various disease states. An understanding of nutrition is an integral component in the art and science of nursing compromised patients and assisting individuals to achieve their highest level of wellness.