Nutrition and Dietetics B.S.


Christian Nutrition and Dietetics Major in Pennsylvania

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

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Streamline your success – 5 year pathway to eligibility for the RDN exam

In addition to the new M.S. in nutrition and dietetics, Messiah now offers a streamlined 7 semester pathway to a B. S. in nutrition and dietetics. This will allow students who choose to complete it on this timeline to enter Messiah’s M.S. in nutrition and dietetics and complete the full B.S. and M.S. in five years. Those who choose to complete the B.S. degree program in eight semesters will still be eligible to apply for the M.S. degree in future years.

While the M.S. in nutrition and dietetics and the B.S. in nutrition and dietetics remain separate programs, they are designed to offer a clear pathway providing assurance for students, who meet criteria, to move directly and seamlessly into the M.S. program.

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 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 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, or