Nutrition & Dietetics

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Accelerated 4-year program
  • Supervised, accredited internship
  • Eligibility for the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) exam
  • Optional Spanish language component

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Marywood's nutrition and dietetics program will teach you how to develop appropriate diet plans and exercise regimens for both athletes and non-athletes. Course work also focuses on ways to prevent chronic disease through diets and exercise.

Coordinated and Didactic Tracks

We offer two ways to earn your nutrition and dietetics degree. Both lead to a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, but only the coordinated track will qualify you to take the exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). That's because the coordinated track, unlike the didactic track, includes a supervised internship.

If you want an educational foundation in nutrition but aren't interested in becoming an RDN, you can pursue the didactic track. However, if you plan to take the RDN exam, you can complete the coordinated track in the same amount of time.

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 curriculum and an alternative course of study that includes a Spanish foreign language component. Studying nutrition and learning Spanish at the same time will give you a distinct advantage over other job applicants and may even earn you a higher salary.

More About This Degree

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 Demo 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
  • A state-of-the-art computer lab with program-specific software

Registered dietitians 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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