Nutrition and Dietetics
Marywood's nutrition and dietetics program will prepare you to become a food and nutrition expert who can use evidence-based interventions to help people achieve their individual health goals.
Preparation for Dietetic Internship and RDN Exam
Our accredited didactic program in dietetics will put you on the path to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Upon completion of the program, you will receive a verification statement that qualifies you to apply for an accredited dietetic internship. After completing your internship, you will be eligible to take the national RDN exam.
As the Hispanic population in the United States increases, so does the demand for health care professionals who can serve this population. Marywood's nutrition and dietetics program is one of just a handful nationwide that offers both a traditional and a Spanish emphasis course of study that includes a study abroad component. Studying nutrition and learning Spanish at the same time will give you a distinct advantage over other applicants for internships and jobs, and it may even earn you a higher salary.
Five Year Options
Students have the option of earning their bachelor's and master's degrees in just 5 years. Qualified undergraduate students can choose to earn a combined BS/MS degree, along with their DPD Verification Statement (VS) in 5 years, making them eligible to apply to a dietetic internship program. Additionally, eligible students can choose to earn a BS/MS degree, their DPD VS, and complete their supervised practice experience in preparation of meeting all criteria to sit for the national examination for RDNs. Advanced coursework begins in the "bridge" year overlapping the fourth year of undergraduate study and the first year of graduate work. The fifth year encompasses the supervised practice component with rotations in facility sites including community nutrition, food systems management, medical nutrition therapy, and professional practice.
Why Choose Marywood's Program?
We use an individualized approach to providing a high quality, broad-based educational experience that empowers graduates to develop skills needed for future specializations. We offer a challenging but supportive and nurturing environment that facilitates both professional and personal growth. Experiential learning opportunities and personalized guidance with the internship application process are also provided. Our Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) is actively engaged on-campus and in the surrounding community.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Office of University Admissions
Chairperson: Lee Harrison, Ph.D.
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics