Program Overview

Immaculata’s nutrition and dietetics major is designed to prepare you for a career in the nutrition and food industries. The program emphasizes medical nutrition therapy, counseling and education, community nutrition, research, and food service management.

You will complete an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), which will prepare you to apply to a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship. Acceptance into dietetic internship programs is extremely competitive, with match rates at about 50 percent nationwide. Students who have completed Immaculata's B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics have a 72 percent internship match rate.

After successfully completing your internship, you are eligible to take the national registration exam to be a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), the internationally recognized credential for food and nutrition professionals. Learn more about the steps to become an RDN.

Immaculata offers an accredited dietetic internship through its College of Graduate Studies, as well as a Master of Arts in Nutrition Education to further prepare students to become professional leaders in nutrition and health promotion.

Program Highlights

Immaculata's Student Dietetic Association (SDA) is a dynamic club for all nutrition and dietetics majors. The club has hosted guest speakers, provided community service, hosted fun runs, raised money for charity, partnered with the Muddy Macs gardening club growing vegetables for a local food cupboard, and conducted campus-wide education during health fairs and National Nutrition Month. Student ideas, interests, and initiative guide this club.

Career Potential

A degree in nutrition/dietetics prepares you for a variety of opportunities, including:

Community nutrition

  • Fitness and wellness centers
  • Sports nutrition counseling
  • Centers for the elderly and developmentally disabled
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs and other public health agencies
  • Home care
  • Programs for underdeveloped countries, e.g. Peace Corps, United Nations

Health care

  • 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

Education

  • Teaching dietetics students and interns
  • Teaching medical, dental and nursing students

Research

  • Nutrition research laboratories
  • Medical centers
  • Government agencies

You can learn more about careers in dietetics through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Curriculum

Course requirements and descriptions

You may also choose to minor in nutrition.

 

Practicum Experiences

You will complete approximately 150 hours of experiential learning, covering clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and food service, to prepare you for a dietetic internship.

Accreditation

The Nutrition and Dietetics program is currently granted initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) 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 nutritionist (RDN).  

Certification as an RDN is often mandatory for professional positions and requires completion of an approved post-graduate supervised practice program. Typically, a student who successfully completes the ACEND-approved curriculum, an ACEND-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. 

Learning Outcomes

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

Admission Requirements

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 Immaculata's Didactic Program in Dietetics can evaluate your previous coursework and advise you on completing the coursework necessary to pursue the RDN credential.

  • Transcripts of previous coursework need to be sent to the admissions office as part of your admissions application.
  • Once your complete application and transcripts have been received, the Dietetics Program Director will evaluate your transcripts and review the coursework already completed for program requirements as well as discuss the additional course requirements to become an RDN.
  • You may then also schedule a time to meet with the program director to create a personalized plan of study for you.
  • 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.

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