Dietetics, Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in dietetics provides the first step to meeting the eligibility requirements to take the national registered dietitian (RD) exam. Registered dietitians are health care professionals who provide medical nutrition therapy and consultative service in health care and wellness settings. In order to complete the eligibility requirements for the RD exam, students must complete the course work for a bachelor’s degree in a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), in addition to completing a 1200-hour, ACEND-accredited dietetic internship. At the completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Assess the nutritional needs of individuals, populations and diverse cultures, including infants, children, adolescents, adults, pregnant/lactating females and the elderly.
  • Utilize the nutrition care process to make decisions, identify nutrition-related problems, and determine and evaluate nutrition interventions, including medical nutrition therapy, disease prevention and health promotion.
  • Develop communication skills appropriate for entry-level jobs in nutrition and dietetics.
  • Integrate principles of research methodology, interpretation of literature, and integration of research principles into evidence-based practice.
  • Develop an educational session or program/educational strategy for a target population.
  • Demonstrate counseling techniques to facilitate behavior change.