May 29, 2024  

Nutrition Science & Dietetics, Dietetics Concentration BS

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Program Description

This program is designed for students pursuing professional degrees in the fields of Nutrition, Dietetics, Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Research and other health related graduate degrees. This BS also prepares students for dietetics registration eligibility.

The Nutrition Science and Dietetics with Dietetics Emphasis is recommended for students wishing to become a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, or pursue a career in public health and/or graduate school. 




Total Credits: 73

Major: Additional Requirements

Professional Development Portfolio

Students are expected to complete a professional development portfolio during the DP program outlining their goals and accomplishments, including 200 hours of professional dietetic experience (125 hours for students transferring into Andrews University in the junior or senior year). A verification form for completion of the DP program will not be issued until the professional development portfolio has been satisfactorily completed by the student.

Comprehensive Review Exam

Graduates are provided with a Didactic Program in Nutrition Science and Dietetics Verification Statement, testifying to the fact that they have successfully completed the requirements for a BS degree in Nutrition Science and Dietetics. Students must successfully pass a comprehensive review exam in their senior year before they are eligible to receive a DP verification form.

Registration Examination Eligibility

Andrews University offers two programs to prepare the student for the registration examination given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

  • The DPD program, which meets the academic requirements for registration eligibility.
  • The Dietetic Internship, a post-baccalaureate program, designed to meet the supervised practice requirements for registration eligibility.

Dietetic Internship

After completion of the BS course work for the Nutrition Science & Dietetics BS, students are elible to apply for the an eight month accredited Dietetic Internship that must be completed by a dietetic student for registration eligibility. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and DP (Didactic program in Nutrition Science and Dietetics) GPA of 3.2 is recommended for admission into the program.

This supervised practice provides experiences in three main areas of dietetics—community nutrition, clinical nutrition, and food-service management. The Internship Program is available at several hospitals affiliated with Andrews University. Successful completion of this intensive eight-month supervised practice permits a student to write the national registration exam in dietetics. Students who successfully complete the internship will be issued an Internship Program verification statement.

Upon passing the registry exam, graduates receive formal recognition as Registered Dietitians (RD). This status is maintained by participating in continuing professional education activities approved by AND. With advanced study or experience, the dietitian may qualify as a specialist in clinical dietetics, food service management, nutrition education, or research.

Andrews Core Experience - 43

Students must take all courses designated in the Professional Degree Requirements  of the Andrews Core Experience while noting the following specific requirements.

Admission Requirements

Pre-Professional Program - BHS Wellness
Prospective Nutrition Science and Dietetics with Dietetic Emphasis students are accepted into the Wellness BHS (Non-Professional program). This includes two years of introductory professional (e.g. Food Science and Nutrition), science prerequisites (such as Intro Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology), social sciences (Sociology, Psychology, and Math) and Andrews Core Experience (ACE) courses which may be obtained at Andrews University or another accredited college or university, or equivalent institution for international students.

Professional Program - BS Nutrition Science and Dietetics
This includes two years of study in clinical dietetics, food-service management, and community nutrition obtained on the Andrews University campus. To transition into the professional program, students need to apply to the director of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DP) in their sophomore year for acceptance as a BS Nutrition Science and Dietetics major by the last Friday in March, Septmeber, or November for the following fall semeseter. Successful completion of the prerequisite courses listed below with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in the sciences and FDNT courses, is required for entry into BS Nutrition Science and Dietetics. Upon acceptance into the professional program, the student’s major will be changed to BS Nutrition Science and Dietetics with Dietetics Emphasis.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation is dependent upon the completion of all curriculum requirements for the professional Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science and Dietetics degree with the maintenance of at least a minimal overall GPA of 2.85 and a minimal GPA of 2.25 in all dietetic and science courses. No grade below a C- is accepted for prerequisite and cognate courses (or below a C for dietetic courses). At least 124 semester hours are recommended for graduation.

NOTE: Students planning graduate study in nutrition or medical dietetics are recommended to take the following chemistry courses: CHEM 131 , CHEM 132 ; CHEM 231 , CHEM 232 , CHEM 241 , CHEM 242 ; BCHM 421 , BCHM 422  

Additional Information


The Didactic Program in Nutrition Science & Dietetics (DP) at Andrews University is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-5400.

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