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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 Dietetics Program maintains national 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.) Graduates of the DPD, who would like to become a Registered Dietitian, must complete a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship to be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. These highly competitive internships are available throughout the United States. Upon completion of the DPD, students may request a verification statement from the DPD Director which is required for application to an internship. To receive a verification statement which documents that the DPD requirements have been completed, the student must meet the University requirements for graduation for the dietetics major, complete all the courses listed in the curriculum with a grade of “C” or higher, and earn a minimum of a 3.0 in the DPD courses listed in the Student Handbook (www.nicholls.edu/dietetics).

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 ¬†1200 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 Associations 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 Elective 2 DIET 120, 200, 201, 215, 264 11
MATH 101 (GER) 3 HIST  Electives (GER) 6
PSYC Elective 3 MATH 214 (GER) 3
SOCI 151 (GER) 3 32
Freshman Seminar  (UR) 1
DIET 301, 305, 316, 330, 390, 410 18 Fine Arts Elective (GER) 3
ECON 255 (GER) 3 AHSC 221 3
ENGL Literature Elective (GER) 3 DIET 404, 416, 418, 419, 450, 451, 459, 495 17
FCED 262 or SPCH 101 (OCR) 3 ENGL 468 3
MKTG 300 3 GEOG 401 3
MNGT 300 3 29
NURS 311 1

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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