Nutrition and Dietetics Department

The mission of the Viterbo University nutrition and dietetics department is to prepare students who use critical thinking and effective communication to promote health, manage disease through nutrition, and serve as leaders in community and medical settings.

Why study nutrition and dietetics?

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Nutrition and dietetics play a pivotal role in health and disease prevention. This is a great field for those interested in helping others make educated decisions to optimize their health through nutrition.

Common careers in nutrition and dietetics include:

  • Food service director
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Corporate wellness
  • Women, infant, and child clinics
  • Performance nutrition
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Eating disorder counseling
  • Private practice

Presented by Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors, this video explains what registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) do and how they help people improve their health with food and nutrition.


Why study nutrition and dietetics at Viterbo University?

To enhance your expertise in nutrition science and health care, Viterbo University provides:

  • State-of-the-art food science labs and nutrition assessment technology
  • Personalized guidance from seasoned faculty
  • Hands-on field practicum hours for career preparation
  • Guaranteed early entry into our Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics program
    • Includes 1,152 ACEND-accredited supervised practice hours, also called a dietetic coordinated internship, which is required to be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians
  • Study abroad opportunity in Seville, Spain (NUTR 466 or 566 – Mediterranean Diet and Sports Nutrition)
  • Nutrition Science Scholarship Opportunities
  • Clinical Coordinator who locates all supervised practice sites personalized to your areas of interest
  • Supervised practice placements around the nation!

How do I become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN)?

To become an RDN one must earn a master’s degree from an accredited university and perform 1,000 hours of supervised practice. Viterbo University is one of only 52 programs in the U.S. to offer coordinated programs where you earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree along with fulfilling the minimum 1,000 hour supervised practice requirement.

Undergraduate 4+1 Program Outline



Years 1-3:
Undergraduate level


Core courses, pre-requisite courses for the nutrition major (chemistry, anatomy & physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, etc.) Student pays undergraduate tuition. (financial aid and scholarships available. 

Year 4:
Hybrid year (undergraduate/graduate level courses)

Will take nutrition courses that count towards both the undergraduate and graduate degree Student pays the undergraduate tuition while taking graduate credits. (financial aid and scholarships available)

Year 5:
(summer, fall, spring)
Graduate-level courses

Nutrition graduate courses Student pays graduate tuition. (financial aid and scholarships available)

Sample 4+1 Plan

This video will give you the background information on the steps you need to take to completing a bachelor’s, master’s, and supervised practice hours before you can sit for the RDN national exam. Viterbo University will prepare you for this career venture!

Other pathways to become an RDN

Viterbo offers several different pathways to earning your Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics (MSCMD) degree. View the MSCMD track options here.

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