The undergraduate program in nutrition prepares students for careers in the diverse field of nutrition and dietetics. 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 in health care, food service management, food sales and marketing, consumer service, or the food industry.

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is as follows: In keeping with the goals of Dominican University and the Sinsinawa Dominican’s dedication to values-centered intellectual development, the program will provide foundational knowledge in dietetics, science and liberal arts. We strive to provide a stimulating learning environment that will enrich diversity and prepare students for post-graduate experiences, advanced degree programs, and entry-level employment in dietetics related fields.

Program Goals

Goal #1: To ensure program graduates develop the breadth and depth of knowledge, skills, values and competencies in clinical dietetics, community dietetics and food service management that are necessary for dietetic internships (DI) or graduate work, and eventual professional practice at the entry level.

Goal #2: To prepare graduates who are culturally competent and prepared to work in diverse communities.

Specific program objectives that align to each of these program goals are detailed in the Student Handbook (pdf). Program outcomes are available on our Consumer Information page or by request to the Program Director.

Students interested in becoming a RDN can choose to complete the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework. Upon completion of this coursework and their baccalaureate degree, students are eligible to receive a DPD verification statement and may apply to ACEND-accredited dietetic internship programs. The internship program consists of 1200 hours of supervised practice and is required by the Commission on Dietetic Registration in order to take the registered dietitian examination and attain the RDN credential. 

Students also have the option of applying to Dominican University's ACEND-accredited programs in dietetics: Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD), MBA/RDN Coordinated Program  or Master of Science in Nutrition with Supervised Practice. These programs allow students to complete both didactic course work and supervised practice.  

The nutrition and dietetics curriculum at Dominican is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics 
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