B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics
In Immaculata’s Nutrition and Dietetics program, you’ll get up-to-date, relevant nutrition and food service information along with training in the skills of research and nutrition counseling.
You’ll participate in an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), which will prepare you to apply to a post-baccalaureate dietetics internship. After successfully completing it, you are eligible to take the national registration exam to be a registered dietitian (R.D.), the internationally recognized credential for food and nutrition professionals. Learn more about the steps to become an R.D.
Immaculata also offers a Master of Arts in Nutrition Education to further prepare students to become professional leaders in nutrition and health promotion.
A degree in nutrition/dietetics prepares you for a variety of opportunities, including:
- Physical fitness and wellness centers
- Outpatient centers
- Centers for the elderly and developmentally disabled
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs
- Home care
- Programs for underdeveloped countries, e.g. Peace Corps, United Nations
- Hospitals and long-term care facilities
- Private practice
- Specialized patient care, e.g., athletes, pediatrics, patients with diabetes, kidney and heart disease
- Pharmaceutical industry
Food service management
- Schools, colleges and universities
- Hospitals and long-term care facilities
- Mental health facilities
- Rehabilitation centers
- Teaching dietetics students and interns
- Teaching medical, dental and nursing students
- Nutrition research laboratories
- Medical centers
- Business organizations
- Government agencies
You can learn more about careers in dietetics through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The Nutrition and Dietetics program is currently granted initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. Phone: 312-899-0040. This program provides the basic academic preparation necessary to become a registered dietitian (R.D.).
Certification as an R.D. is often mandatory for professional positions and requires completion of an approved post-graduate supervised practice program. Typically, a student who successfully completes the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-approved curriculum, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-accredited internship, and the registration examination becomes qualified as a health professional responsible for services in areas such as nutrition service-related management, clinical or community dietetics, education, consultation, private practice, and research.
This program will enable you to:
- Meet the requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for application to a dietetic internship program
- Obtain foundational knowledge of nutrient metabolism, medical nutrition therapy, changing nutrition needs throughout the life cycle, food service operations, food science, and nutrition counseling
- Utilize nutrition literature and resources and integrate nutrition knowledge from a variety of sources
- Gain real-world experience in the practice of clinical and community nutrition and of food service through supervised field placements and classroom instruction
- Prepare for entry-level positions in nutrition and food service settings
If you have an undergraduate degree in another field but are interested in pursuing a career in dietetics, please read these FAQs for Career Changers from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, Tracy L. Oliver, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., can evaluate your previous coursework and advise you on completing the coursework necessary to pursue the R.D. credential.
- Transcripts of previous coursework need to be sent to the program director for evaluation. DO NOT have transcripts sent directly from schools to the University.
- Please include an e-mail address, telephone number, and mailing address.
- The Dietetics Program Director will evaluate transcripts and schedule a time to discuss the coursework already completed as well as the additional course requirements to become an R.D.
- If your undergraduate education was completed outside of the United States, you will need to have your transcripts converted to U.S. equivalents before they can be evaluated. Please read the FAQs for International Students from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for more information.