If you are curious about the connection between nutrition and health or would enjoy assisting people regain their health after an illness, then a career in the broad and dynamic field of dietetics might be for you.
The registered dietitian is the recognized, credentialed food and nutrition expert qualified to provide information designed to improve diet and prevent diseases with dietary risk factors as well as to provide medical nutrition therapy to individuals with diseases/medical conditions that require a dietary component in treatment.
A bachelor’s degree in dietetics from an accredited program is the first step in becoming a registered dietitian. Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply for a supervised practice experience (dietetic internship). Nicholls offers an undergraduate/didactic program in dietetics.
The Nicholls undergraduate program is the only accredited program in southeastern Louisiana and the greater New Orleans area. The curriculum prepares students for post-baccalaureate programs and the work force with academic, laboratory and clinical education experiences.
The program prepares students to enter a dynamic profession that promotes wellness and disease prevention in today’s fast paced, ever-changing world.
Dietetics students become proficient in foundation knowledge and skills of the dietetics profession. Among the required courses are food science and nutrition, human anatomy and physiology, chemistry and biochemistry, microbiology, management, sociology and technical writing. The university also offers several minors that may appeal to dietetics majors, including: business administration and culinary arts.
Through individual attention, motivation and encouragement, the program’s faculty help develop students who are committed to professional involvement, leadership and service.