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Nutrition & Dietetics

The nutrition and dietetics major prepares students for careers in the diverse field of nutrition. You will acquire a strong foundation in biology, biochemistry and physiology, and come to understand the social and psychological dimensions of human nutrition. Majors in nutrition and dietetics may eventually hold such positions as food service manager, and consumer service representative in business, industry, or health care. Students seeking to attain the credential of registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) must also complete the requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Many work environments, particularly those in the health-care field, require the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential to practice nutrition care. 

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements

  • Nutrition Sciences 200, 250, 290, 345, 375, 390, 404, 407, 409, 425, 430
  • Biology 252, 160
  • Business Administration 245, 345 (NOTE:  ECON 190 is a prerequisite)
  • Chemistry 101, 104
  • Mathematics 211
  • Psychology 200
  • Sociology 110

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE).

There are two pathways or options for which the DU DPD program is accredited.  Nutrition and dietetics students can receive a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics or a certificate in nutrition and dietetics if the student already has a bachelor’s degree in another field.  Certificate students must complete a minimum of 34 hours from Dominican University.

ACEND Certificate Program:

2 years ACEND Accredited Didactic Coursework → 1,200 hours supervised practice → Eligible to take the RD exam

Undergraduate BS in Nutrition and Dietetics:

4 years ACEND accredited Didactic Coursework → 1,200 hours supervised practice → Eligible to take the RD exam

Career Opportunities

Prepare for a variety of careers in the diverse field of nutrition.  Registered dietitians (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts. Registered dietitians are trained in the sciences and are able to translate scientific findings and help people live healthy lives. Didactic students receive a broad education in the physical, biological, and social sciences, medical nutrition therapy, food service management and community nutrition. This education prepares students for applying to a dietetic internship. 

Employment:

  • Clinical dietitian
  • Nutritionist
  • Health educator
  • Consultant
  • Positions in product development
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Employee wellness
  • Program development
  • Grant writing
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Public Relations
  • Management
  • Consumer Affairs

Employers:

  • Hospitals
  • Health-care facilities
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Research laboratories
  • Social agencies
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Clinics
  • Publishers
  • Business/Industry
  • Private Practice
  • Public Health settings
  • Pharmaceutical companies

For those students interested in the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) credential, specific course work is required to meet the additional education competencies of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). Additional requirements beyond those of the nutrition and dietetics major include NUTR 430 Seminar in Medical Nutrition Therapy, BAD 245 Human Resources Management, 345 Management, MATH 211 Statistics, PSYCH 101, SOC 110. Students who complete the above additional requirements for a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics or who complete the ACEND certificate program will be provided with an ACEND verification statement. Completion of the requirements for the Dominican University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will be verified by the DPD Program Director prior to issuing an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) verification statement. This verification statement is active for a 5 year period.

After completion of all courses and receipt of a verification statement students are eligible for an ACEND dietetic internship. Dominican University has an accredited ACEND coordinated dietetic internship that requires 24 additional semester hours of supervised practice with RD preceptors. Application to this coordinated program is open only to Dominican University students who complete at least 34 hours of course work at Dominican.