Nutrition and Dietetics
Improving the nutritional status of individuals, families, and communites.
The mission of the didactic program in dietetics is to prepare students to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families and consumers through education, research, and service in the areas of nutrition and food systems.
Are you interested in health and wellness, nutrition and food science, nutrition therapy, or food service management? Consider a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.
The dietetics program includes human anatomy, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, nutrition science, and medical therapy. The program provides students with expertise in human nutrition, food systems management, diet therapy, community nutrition, and experimental methods in food science. Louisiana Tech's Nutrition and Dietetics undergraduate degree--RD concentration is designed to prepare students to become Registered Dietitians (RDs). Dietitians promote good health by improving nutritional practices of individuals. Dietitians provide nutrition education and develop individual diets in clinical, community, and food service settings.
Students who complete the B.S. degree in the RD concentration will be awarded a Verification Statement of completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics. Students are eligible to apply for a dietetic internship with the verification statement. The dietetic internship provides students the opportunity to meet the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics performance requirements in order to take the national Registered Dietitian exam.
An additional option for students is the Nutrition and Dietetics undergraduate degree-non-RD concentration. This B.S. degree allows students to complete a minor in an approved area that supports their career goals. This degree concentration provides a wide variety of employment opportunities in the areas of foods, food systems management, and community programs.
Requirements to become a Registered Dietitian
1. Complete a bachelor's degree at an university accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
2. Complete an ACEND accredited dietietic internship. (The School of Human Ecology has an accredited dietetic internship).
3. Pass the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
The Louisiana Tech Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400, www.eatright.org/ACEND
Mrs. Susan Hughes, DPD Director, P.O. Box 3167, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71272;
Dr. Ethel Jones, Director, Human Ecology, P. O. Box 3167, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71272;