Jul 15, 2024  
2023-2024 University Bulletin 
2023-2024 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Nutrition and Dietetics - B.S.

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 admitted to the program are expected to follow the specific policies and procedures described in the DPD Program Student Handbook in addition to the guidelines in this Bulletin.

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/Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RD/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 includes a minimum of 1000 hours* of supervised practice and is required by the Commission on Dietetic Registration in order to be eligible for application to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians and attain the RD/RDN credential.

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.