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Nutrition and Dietetics Bachelor Degree (B.S.)

Nutrition and Dietetics Bachelor Degree (B.S.)

Nutrition and Dietetics at Messiah College 

Our accredited nutrition and dietetics major prepares you for careers in medical nutrition, nutrition counseling and community health.

As a nutrition and dietetics major at Messiah College, you will learn how to apply scientific principles, communication techniques and management strategies to improve the nutritional health of individuals and communities. Messiah College is one of the few Christian colleges to offer a dietetics curriculum that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE). Nutrition and dietetics students participate in service learning opportunities in the community, as well as hands-on experiences in on campus labs. Our nutrition and dietetics graduates are well prepared to compete for positions in CADE-accredited dietetic internships or graduate school, or to obtain jobs as public health nutrition counselors, dietetic technicians or food service managers.

Nutrition and dietetics major distinctives
Mission and goals
Opportunities and internships
Career options
Obtaining the RD or RDN credential

Why study nutrition and dietetics?

The nutrition and dietetics major is a good choice if you enjoy biology and chemistry as well as working with people. This major has been approved or 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.

Program emphasis

As you immerse yourself in field and classroom learning, you’ll develop communication, teamwork, management and problem-solving skills essential to a career in foods manufacturing, food service, community health and medical nutrition. 

Within the nutrition and dietetics major, you’ll study a wide variety of subjects, including anatomy and physiology; chemistry and biochemistry; food science and technology; nutrition science; management and business; education and counseling; and medical nutrition. A list of courses required for the nutrition and dietetics major can be found here.  Information about all courses taught at Messiah College can be found in the Online Course Catalog. A number of the upper level nutrition courses are offered every other year; therefore, careful course planning is especially important for this major. General course scheduling guidelines can be found under the Course Scheduling Guidelines link.

Please Note:  In order to progress into the Medical Nutrition and Advanced Nutrition courses, students must achieve the minimum GPA criteria specified in the Didactic Program in Dietetics Handbook.

For additional information on dietetics education contact ACEND at: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, or