Oct 25, 2021  
Undergraduate Bulletin 2016-2017 
Undergraduate Bulletin 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Nutrition and Dietetics - B.S.

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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 nutritionist (RDN) must also complete the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) requirements (see below).

Major Requirements:

Additional Requirements:

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 , ENGL 102 NUTR 200 , and NUTR 250  in their freshman year.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Requirements:

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). 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 and per verification statement policy, students are eligible for an ACEND dietetic internship. This consists of 1200 hours of supervised practice (internship) and is required by the Commission on Dietetic Registration in order to take the registered dietitian examination and attain the RDN credential. Dominican University has an ACEND accredited coordinated dietetic internship program  that requires 24 additional semester hours of supervised practice with RDN 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: 

Verification Statement Policy for Didactic Program in Dietetics:

Completion of the requirements for the Dominican University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will be verified by the student advisor and DPD program director prior to issuing Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics verification statements. All of the following requirements must be met:

  • Meet nutrition and dietetics major or certificate requirements
  • Minimum of B- letter grade in all nutrition department classes. Students who receive a grade lower than B- in these classes will be asked to retake the course in order to earn a B- or higher.
  • Minimum of 30 hours of community or professional volunteer service in a nutrition science major area
  • Completion of student portfolio

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