Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Concentrations
Graduates with the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition help others by living and teaching healthful nutrition practices and wellness lifestyles. Christian values and ethics are encouraged in any area of nutrition the student chooses. Students may declare Nutrition as a major with a concentration in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), Exercise Science, Community, or Food Service. Entry into the DPD requires a formal application process. Below are details concerning the concentrations in Nutrition.
Didactic Program in Dietetics Concentration (NDPD)
In order to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN), students must successfully complete the BS in Nutrition from an ACEND accredited program with a DPD concentration. During the last year of undergraduate work, students apply for the dietetic internship(s) of their choice. (See more). These internships take 6-24 months, and often include the MS degree.
On your application, you need to show that you meet the GPA requirements and have significant leadership, volunteer and work experience in a nutrition-related field. Applicants apply for Dietetic Internships through a computer-based approach that which matches the preferences of applicants for Dietetic Internships (DIs) with the preferences of DI program directors. The DPD director assists all eligible applicants in preparing the application. A verification statement will be provided to all students who are admitted into the DPD and successfully complete all requirements to graduate.
After successfully completing the Dietetic Internship, you are eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians, through the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR). In Texas and in many other states, the RDN credentials allow you to apply to practice as a licensed dietitian (LD).
For students who do not choose or are not accepted into a Dietetic Internship, they may apply to take the NDTR exam (through CDR) to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered. NDTRs work under the supervision of a registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) when in direct patient/client nutrition care in practice areas including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, retirement centers, and home-health programs. They also may be hired as independent practitioners in schools, day-care centers, health clubs, wellness centers, and food management companies.