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Dietetics Program

The university awards the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Dietetics to students upon successful completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) curriculum listed below. The department offers a verification statement to students upon successful completion of the Dietetic Internship (DI) curriculum listed below. The two Dietetic curricula have been granted full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1.800.877.1600 extension 5400).The DPD curriculum includes academic, laboratory, and clinical education experiences. (DPD students have the option to obtain a minor in Culinary Arts or Business Administration.) Upon completion of a DPD and maintenance of a minimum GPA (as stated in the DPD Student Handbook), students may request a verification statement from the program director, which is required for application to an accredited supervised practice program (Dietetic Internship). Completion of the DPD does not guarantee the student’s eligibility for a verification statement.

The DI program is a post-baccalaureate program of study (DIET 591 and 592) that includes didactic experiences and a minimum of 960 hours of supervised clinical practice at affiliate health care institutions. The DI program provides a verification statement to the student upon successful completing the program which qualifies him/her to sit for the National Registration Examination of Registered Dietitian (RD) administered by the American Dietetic Association’s Commission on Dietetic Registration. The DI program selectively admits six students per year utilizing D&D Digital computer matching process. Admission requirements include completion of a baccalaureate degree from a CADE accredited college or university with a major in nutrition, dietetics, or related field. A DPD verification statement must be presented upon application. Applications can be obtained from the Nicholls State University website or the student’s assigned academic advisor.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics

  • (CLR) Computer Literacy Requirement;
  • (GER) General Education Requirement;
  • (OCR) Oral Communication Requirement;
  • (UR) University Requirement
BIOL 114, 115 (GER), 116, 117 8 BIOL 203 3
ENGL 101, 102 (GER) 6 CHEM 101 (GER), 208 6
DIET 111 3 CMPS 101 (CLR) 3
HPED Activity 2 DIET 120, 200, 201, 215, 264 11
MATH 101 (GER) 3 HIST Sequence (GER) 6
PSYC Elective (GER) 3 MATH 214 (GER) 3
SOCI 151 (GER) 3 32
UNIV 101 (UR) 3
ART ELEC (GER) 3 Fine Arts Elective (GER) 3
BIOL 203 3 AHSC 221, 440 6
DIET 301, 316, 318, 320 10 DIET 404, 410, 418, 419, 459, 495 14
FACS 262 (OCR) 3 ENGL 468 3
PSYC Elective 3 Electives (300+) 3
Concentration Courses 6-9 29
(See footnote 1 or 2 below) 28-31

Total Hours Required for Degree: 124

Courses in major should be taken in sequential order. Student should obtain curriculum sheet from department.


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