About Nutrition Programs
Nutrition and Dietetics, B.S.
(Didactic Program in Dietetics)
The mission of the baccalaureate program is to educate individuals for the profession of dietetics by providing a sound background in foundation knowledge and skills needed in areas of dietetics practice: community, clinical, and foodservice management. By maintaining accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), we assure that graduates are eligible to pursue the additional training required for registered dietitian status. Graduates are also prepared to apply for graduate study upon completion of the baccalaureate program.
Post-Baccalaureate Preparation (Second Degree)
Nutrition and Dietetics, B.S.(Didactic Program in Dietetics)
The post-baccalaureate Didactic Program in Dietetics is intended for students who want to become registered dietitians (RD) and have an undergraduate degree without completion of core coursework approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. If the undergraduate degree is not in nutrition, it is likely that this core coursework has not been completed. This coursework is called the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Following completion of the DPD, students will need to apply and be admitted to a dietetic internship. Completion of a dietetic internship is required before taking the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Contact the Nutrition and Dietetics Program office for information on dietetic internships.
Minor in Nutrition
The minor in nutrition will complement major study in basic natural sciences such as biology, chemistry, and biochemistry, as well as social sciences such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, and human geography. The minor in nutrition will also be of interest to students in pre-medical and pre-dental curricula; to students of health promotion and physical education; to students in the allied health professionals; and to students in general family studies, and in child development and family relations. The minor in nutrition is not a teacher certification minor.
The master of science in nutrition is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics, including opportunities in administrative, clinical dietetics, and community nutrition programs. It is desirable that the student has an undergraduate major in nutrition/dietetics. Students without prior preparation in nutrition should contact a nutrition graduate advisor for more information. Our phone number is (505)-277-4535.