Nutrition & Dietetics

Nutrition & Dietetics Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

You can major in Nutrition and Dietetics (Didactic Program in Dietetics) as the first step to becoming a registered dietitian and practitioner in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition/nutrition education programs, wellness/health promotion, food industry, and foodservice. Our program gives you a challenging and high quality curriculum to prepare you for success.

Becoming a registered dietitian involves 3 steps:
1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree with attainment of the Verification Statement of Completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics*
2. Admission into and the completion of an accredited dietetic internship program**
3. Passing the registration exam to earn the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential***

*Verification Statement for Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
In order to obtain a signed Declaration of Intent form and Verification Statement, you must meet the following requirements:
  1. Documentation that you will meet the minimum academic requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics at UNL (Declaration of Intent) or have completed all academic requirements (Verification Statement)
  2. Overall minimum GPA of 3.0 based on all college course work completed
  3. Grades in all NUTR courses of B- or higher
  4. Grades in all DPD required science courses (BIOS, CHEM, and BIOC) of C- or higher.
The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences will provide a Verification Statement of a student meeting Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements based on the program in effect in the undergraduate bulletin the student is using for graduation requirements if the student is continuously enrolled and graduates within five years. If the student cannot finish his or her studies within this five-year time period, he or she must comply with the didactic program reflected in the undergraduate bulletin currently in effect. The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences will not accept course work to meet DPD requirements from any university/college outside the University of Nebraska system in which a grade of D-, D, or D+ was earned.
In order to receive a Verification Statement of a student meeting Didactic Program in Dietetic requirements, a minimum of 15 credits from 300- or 400- level courses must be completed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nine of the 15 credit hours must come from three of the following classes: NUTR 450 Medical Nutrition Therapy I, NUTR 452 and 452L Medical Nutrition Therapy II and Lab, NUTR 455 Advanced Nutrition, or NUTR 473 Organization and Administration of Foodservice.

**Acceptance into an accredited dietetic internship program is competitive. Currently, there is a significant shortage of available internship positions for the number of students applying for acceptance into an internship program. Acceptance into an internship program cannot be guaranteed.

***The State of Nebraska has a Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapy (LMNT) credentialing law. Attainment of the RD credential will allow you to attain the LMNT credential and practice as a medical nutrition therapist in Nebraska.
 

Careers

  • Health care
  • Sports nutrition
  • Diabetes education
  • Weight loss / management
  • Community nutrition programs
  • Nutrition education
  • Public health
  • Wellness programs
  • Schools
  • Food service industry

Application to this program

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