The Nutrition and Dietetics Major is a good choice for students who enjoy biology and chemistry as well as working with people. This major has been approved/accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics to provide the academic portion of the requirements for becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) since 1977. Students who do not continue on the pathway to becoming an RDN have successfully pursued careers as community nutritionists, dietetic technicians, and food service managers.
The Food and Nutrition Minor can be combined with other majors to prepare students for a variety of careers related to food and nutrition. Students interested in becoming nutrition scientists, physicians, or physician assistants can combine the minor with a biology, chemistry, or biochemistry major. The minor can also be paired with a business administration major to prepare students for careers related to food businesses and food service. (The Nutrition and Food Service Management Major has been discontinued.)
ISPP (Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway):
The Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway provides the supervised pratice experience required for eligibility to take the national registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) exam. The ISPP option is available only to individuals who have successfully completed a bachelor's degree and the academic portion of the requirements for becoming an RDN, and have participated in the national dietetic internship match but have not been matched.
The Academic Verification in Dietetics (non-graduation) program is designed for students who already have completed a Bachelor’s degree and want to become Registered Dietitians. This program provides the undergraduate academic requirements needed to apply for a dietetic internship.
A dietetic internship provides individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree and the coursework required by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with the supervised practice experiences which are required before taking the national registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) examination. Messiah College offers a Dietetic Internship as a graduate certificate program. Students who complete the undergraduate courses required to apply to a dietetic internship, through Messiah College, and meet the rigorous preselect eligibility criteria, can apply to the Messiah College Dietetic Internship in the fall of their senior year, bypassing the national dietetic internship match. To learn more about the Messiah College Dietetic Internship, click here.
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