The nutrition and dietetics major prepares students for careers in the diverse field of nutrition. Majors in nutrition and dietetics may eventually hold such positions as food service manager or consumer service representative in business, industry, or health care. Students seeking to attain the credential of registered dietitian (RD) must also complete the requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
A minimum of 15 hours in the major field must be completed at Dominican.
It is advisable for interested freshmen to consult with an advisor in the department prior to registration and to take CHEM 101, CHEM 104, ENGL 101, and ENGL 102 in their freshman year.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Requirements:
For those students interested in the registered dietitian (RD) credential, specific course work is required to meet the additional education competencies of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 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).
After completion of all courses, students are eligible for an ACEND dietetic internship; a verification of 1200 hours of supervised practice (internship) is required by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to sit for the registered dietitian examination to attain the RD credential. 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.
Additional requirements beyond those of the nutrition and dietetics major include: