Academic Programs of Study

Nutrition and Dietetics

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nutrition and Dietetics

  • ACEND-accredited didactic program in dietetics
  • Spanish emphasis and 5-year options
  • Experiential learning opportunities

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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nutrition and Dietetics at Marywood

Be a Certified Food Expert with a Marywood Nutrition and Dietetics Degree!

Marywood's Nutrition and Dietetics major 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.

Spanish Curriculum

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.

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Tanya Papura
Instructor

Dr. Kaitlyn Eck
Assistant Professor

M. Stephanie Campo
Administrative Assistant

Kathryn Tullio
Instructor of Practice
This is just a sample of our Nutrition and Dietetics faculty - see them all!

All nutrition students have the opportunity to conduct hands-on work in the world-class O’Neill Center for Healthy Families. The center features:

  • A fully equipped healthy cooking classroom
  • A food science lab with testing equipment, blast chiller and rethermalization unit, metabolic kitchen, ingredient room, and food-prep area
  • A sensory evaluation lab, allowing students to test food made in the food science lab

Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) work in a wide variety of professional fields, including health care, business and industry, public health, education, research, and private practice.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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