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Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

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As a dietetics major at LIFE, you’ll study in a highly competitive program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with students and faculty who share your passion. Through classroom, kitchen lab and field training, LIFE’s dietetics majors are prepared to earn their Registered Dietitian (R.D.) credential and may work as clinical health professionals in hospitals, nursing care facilities, correctional facilities and outpatient settings, as well as in consultation with individual patients.


The Didactic Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics (DP) at Life University has been granted initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600 ext. 5400 or 812-899-0400 ext. 5400.


The mission of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at Life University is to provide diverse didactic courses in biological, nutrition, and dietetics science as well as, to facilitate practical experience for students, so that the program graduates attain required knowledge and competencies for a variety of careers within the field of nutrition and dietetics.



To prepare graduates of the DPD with a broad educational knowledge and skills for successful entry and completion of the supervised dietetic internship program.

Objectives for GOAL ONE

  1. Objective 1: At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 6 years (150% of program length).
  2. Objective 2: 80% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  3. Objective 3: 60% of DP graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  4. Objective 4: 80% of those graduates not accepted or not applied to a dietetic internship within the academic year they completed the DP will seek further training or obtain employment.
  5. Objective 5: 80% of the IP Directors will feel the graduates of the Life University DP are prepared for the IP.   


Graduates of the BSD Program will be involved in career building activities that will personally and professionally contribute to the field of dietetics.

Objectives for GOAL TWO

  1. Objective 1: The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within on year of first attempt) on CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  2. Objective 2: 80% of DP graduates who desire employment will obtain a position in their field of study within 12 months of graduation.   
  3. Objective 3: 90% of employers of the DPD graduates who take positions in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics feel Life University graduates are well prepared for their position. 
  4. Objective 4: Over a seven-year period, 10% of DP graduates will apply to an advanced degree program within 3 years of graduation.

Program outcomes are available upon request.


Upon completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, students must complete a supervised practice program, such as an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship, to become eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians.


Dietetics Internship Program.
Download additional information.
Admission Requirements.
Dietetics Student Handbook.

Dietetics Career Overview

Registered dietitians are highly skilled clinical professionals who translate the science of nutrition into real-world solutions to improve the health of their communities. Clinical dietitians with the Registered Dietitian (R.D.) credential work in hospitals, nursing care facilities, correctional facilities and outpatient settings, and work with individual patients to meet specific needs. A clinical dietitian may see a wide variety of patients or specialize in one area, such as pediatric nutrition, renal medical nutrition therapy or nutritional support in critical care.

Registered dietitians provide pre-surgical nutritional assessments and plans; develop diet plans for individuals with diabetes, cancer, and kidney and liver disease; and specify intravenous nutrition regimens as needed. They may also provide outpatient nutrition counseling as an independent consultant, often via referrals from physicians.

Registered Dietitians (RD) can also be employed as health coaches by insurance companies, where they not only provide nutritional services to their clients, but also help clients find the best possible care in a cost-effective manner. RDs can also become Medicare providers, receiving patient referrals from insurance companies and physicians.

Career Opportunities

  • Food Technologist/Scientist
  • Public Health Policy
  • Food Company Sales
  • Institutional Food Service

Degree Requirements

Students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics degree must complete a minimum total of 191 credit hours of instruction.

Core Curriculum Offerings
Area A Communications & Humanities 20 hours
Area B Science, Mathematics & Computers 25 hours
Area C Social Sciences 20 hours

Sub-total: 65 credit hours

Bachelor of Science Offerings
Area A Nutrition Core 48 hours
Area B Major Program Requirements 33 hours
Area C Major Program Requirements 10 hours
Area D Nutrition & Business Electives 35 hours

Sub-total: 126 credit hours

Additional Completion Requirements

Satisfactory completion of all required courses (Nutrition and non-Nutrition), with a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for a B.S. in Dietetics.  If, upon completion, the student’s GPA falls below a 3.0, the student becomes ineligible to graduate from the DP program.  If the student has a GPA below 3.0, he or she can be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition instead. Effective Fall 2010, students enrolled in Fall 2010 and thereafter, the recommended GPA requirements are as follows:

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • All Nutrition Courses GPA 3.25
  • All Science Courses GPA 3.0
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for a verification statement that accompanies the application to the Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics; however, nearly 80% of those accepted into internships have an average GPA above 3.0.  All Nutrition courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.
  • If the student has a GPA between 2.0 and 3.0, he or she can be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition instead.The Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) student who chooses to enter the DPD must strictly adhere to the DPD requirements, including a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0.All courses from Areas IV – VI must be completed with a minimum grade of C
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for the Verification Statement that accompanies the application to the Dietetic Internship Program (however, nearly 80% of those accepted into internships have an average GPA above 3.0).
  • To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Life University, a student must earn a minimum of the last 47 credit hours in residence at Life University, 30 of which are to be in Nutrition, and all field experiences must be taken through Life University. Residency is defined as being enrolled (matriculated) as an on-campus student, as a distance learner, or via independent study, and has earned the minimum requirements as outlined above.
  • A recommendation for graduation and completion of an exit interview with the Department of Nutrition faculty.
  • File a petition to graduate.
  • Confirm CLP 090, FYE 101, and FYE 103 completion status requirements.
  • Administrative and student reviews of records:
    1. Registrar Office – complete a formal academic records review
    2. Financial Aid Office – exit interviews with a Counselor
    3. Student Accounting – Perkins exit interview and rectify account balance

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