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:
Tuition for the post-baccalaureate program is $900.00 per credit hour. For tuition information on Dominican's Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page.
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.
Follow the links below for helpful information in the 2015-2016 DPD Handbook.
Becoming a Registered Dietitian (RDN)
Verification Statement Policy
Pathways to RDN credential at Dominican
DPD Program Faculty
DPD Program requirements - Advising worksheets
Tuition, Fees, Refund Policy
DPD Program Mission
DPD Program Goals and Objectives
Academic Grievances and Complaints
Dietetic Internship Procedure/DICAS
Wellness Center, Health Insurance Requirements
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.
Rose Ann Mathai, PhD, RDN
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 arts and food and nutrition 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).
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