Who doesn't love food? Do you have a passion for science, engaging in a healthy lifestyle, and interacting with people? Are you interested in understanding how nutrients and diets impact the human body? If so, then a degree in dietetics could lead to a fulfilling and meaningful career.
As you work toward your Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the dietetics field that will prepare you for an endless range of occupations and specializations. By studying dietetics, you will discover the nutrient needs for growth and development, learn how to evaluate patients' nutritional and health needs, and hone the ability to prevent and treat many types of conditions and diseases. You will take classes across multiple academic disciplines to understand the basics of how the body’s systems work together to maintain life. From anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology to advanced courses in nutrition, food science, community health, and more, you will develop skills to effectively assess, develop, and promote healthier lifestyle choices for clients and patients.
Each major program within the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Family Sciences strategically combines theory with practical application centered around professional preparedness. Your studies will introduce you to the concept of vocation and living out your calling through the integration and development of your passions and talents to meet the needs of others. You will also work on developing an innovative professional portfolio and personal code of ethics, and articulating what you believe and how you want to serve. This combination of professional development and practical, experiential learning will equip you to confidently step into the changing world of tomorrow.
The dietetics degree program also prepares you to earn the needed verification to apply to an accredited dietetic internship after graduation — the next step to becoming a registered dietitian. The Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Family Sciences will provide guidance and resources to help coach you through the dietetic internship application process.
International students or students already with a bachelor's degree can also earn a Verification Statement for the Dietetics program. Step-by-step information about how to apply can be found in the PLNU course catalog.
PLNU’s DPD program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 899-5400. ACEND has established Standards of Education which accredited programs must meet and include knowledge, skill and competency requirements.
The Commission on Dietetic Registration will require a minimum of a master’s degree to take the credentialing exam for registered dietitians beginning on January 1, 2024.
State authorization is a formal determination that PLNU is approved to conduct educational activities regulated by that state or U.S. Territory. PLNU is not required to obtain state authorization in every state or U.S. Territory, and the university has opted at this time not to seek authorization in certain states and U.S. Territories. Additionally, PLNU meets the criteria for exemption from authorization in certain states.
At this time, PLNU does not have authorization in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the U.S. Territories.
Authorizations in specific states may change periodically. PLNU recommends contacting PLNU admissions at (800) 733-7770 for the latest information.
Professional Licensure or Certification
This program is approved by ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) and meets the requirements for national verification and in the state of California, where Point Loma Nazarene University is physically located. PLNU cannot confirm whether or not specific programs meet any additional out-of-state requirements for Professional Licensure or Certification. Information about out-of-state requirements in dietetics are available on this website eatright.org/acend.
For more information on State Authorization and Program Licensure, please refer to our disclosures page.