Nutrition & Dietetics
The undergraduate program in nutrition and dietetics prepares students for careers in the diverse field of nutrition. Students will acquire a strong foundation in the physical, biological, and social sciences, and come to understand the social and psychological dimensions of human nutrition. Students who obtain a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics may eventually hold positions such as food service manager, food sales and marketing representative or consumer service representative in business, industry, or health care.
Students seeking to attain the credential of registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) must complete the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) in addition to the BS in Nutrition and Dietetics requirements. Completion of this degree will provide the student with a verification statement to continue on the career path to becoming a RDN. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts. They are trained in the sciences and are able to translate scientific findings and help people live healthy lives. Many work environments, particularly those in the health-care field, require the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential to practice nutrition care.
There are 2 pathways to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) at Dominican University:
- Pathway 1: Nutrition and Dietetics majors can receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics with ACEND requirements. This is typically a 4 year program with a 124 hour graduation requirement.
- Pathway 2: Students with a previous bachelor’s degree in another field can receive a certificate in Nutrition and Dietetics. This certificate program is a non-degree program and offers the ACEND accredited core coursework requirements. The length of time of completion of this program varies depending on previous coursework transferred in but on average it takes about 3-4 semesters. Certificate students must complete a minimum of 34 credit hours from Dominican University.
The Didactic Program for the Nutrition and Dietetics curriculum at Dominican is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The address is:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(312) 899-0040, extension 5400
Program outcomes data is available upon request.
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After completion of all courses and receipt of a verification statement or certificate, students are eligible for an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship where they will complete 1,200 hours of supervised practice. Dominican University has an ACEND-accredited Post Baccalaureate Coordinated Dietetic Internship that provides 1,200 hours of supervised practice with RD preceptors.
Please note there is currently a significant shortage of Dietetic Internship positions across the country. A student should strive to work towards a competitive GPA and obtain work, volunteer and leadership experience. Information on the internship shortage can be found on the A.N.D. website.
Prepare for a variety of careers in the diverse field of nutrition. Nutrition and Dietetics students at Dominican University receive a broad education in the physical, biological, and social sciences as well as communication and services administration. There are many career opportunities available. This education also prepares students for a dietetic internship if they chose that career path to become a registered dietetic nutritionist (RDN).
- Clinical dietitian
- Health educator
- Food Product development
- Employee wellness
- Program development
- Grant writing
- Public Relations
- Consumer Affairs
- Health-care facilities
- Nursing care facilities
- Research laboratories
- Social agencies
- Private Practice
- Public Health settings
- Pharmaceutical companies