The BS program in Nutrition Science and Dietetics is recommended for students wishing to become a Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), or pursue a career in public health and/or graduate school. This BS also prepares students for dietetics registration eligibility.
The Didactic Program in Nutrition Science & Dietetics (DP) at Andrews University is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-5400.
2+2 Nutrition Science & Dietetics
Under the 2+2 degree program, students who choose Nutrition Science & Dietetics as a major will spend the first 2 years of study in our Hong Kong campus (Hong Kong Adventist College) and proceed to the U.S. campus to complete the final 2 years of study. While studying in the U.S. campus, students are eligible for a tuition scholarship of US$14,000 (approximately 50% of the regular tuition fee) each year.
The first 2 years in Hong Kong
Prospective students enter the Nutrition Science & Dietetics program upon acceptance to Andrews University. Students must apply to the professional program at the end of their second year. The Dietetics Concentration is recommended for students wishing to become a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist or to pursue a career in public health and/or graduate school.
Pre-requisite Courses: two years of the following:
● Introductory professional courses (e.g., Food Science and Nutrition)
● Sciences (e.g., Intro to Chemistry, Biochemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology)
● Social sciences (e.g., Sociology and Psychology)
● Math (e.g., MATH 145 or higher)
● Andrews Core Experience (ACE)
These courses can be obtained in our Hong Kong Campus.
The final 2 years in the U.S
To transition into the professional program, students need to have successfully completed all the prerequisite courses and achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in the sciences and FDNT courses. Students must apply to the program in order to register for FDNT 351 - Food Service Management I, a required course for the major.
The professional program includes two years of study, including courses in:
medical nutrition therapy
nutrition and metabolism
These courses are to be obtained on the U.S. campus - Andrews University.
Courses For Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
The following courses are prerequisites for entering the Didactic Program in Dietetics, and are usually taken during the first and second years:
The following courses are Cognate Requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics, and are usually taken during the third year:
The following courses are DPD Requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics, and are usually taken during the final year
Graduation is dependent upon the completion of all curriculum requirements for the professional Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science & Dietetics degree with the maintenance of at least a minimal overall GPA of 2.85 and a minimal GPA of 2.25 in all dietetic and science courses. No grade below a C- is accepted for prerequisite and cognate courses (or below a C for dietetic courses).
NOTE: Students planning a graduate study in nutrition or medical dietetics are recommended to take the following chemistry courses: CHEM 131, CHEM 132, CHEM 231, CHEM 232, CHEM 241, CHEM 242, BCHM 421, BCHM 422.
Professional Development Portfolio
Students are expected to complete a professional development portfolio during the DP program outlining their goals and accomplishments, including 200 hours of professional dietetic experience (125 hours for students transferring into Andrews University in the junior or senior year). A verification form for completion of the DP program will not be issued until the professional development portfolio has been satisfactorily completed by the student.
Comprehensive Review Exam
Students must successfully pass a comprehensive review exam in their senior year before they are eligible to receive a DP verification form.
Registration Examination Eligibility
Andrews University offers two programs to prepare the student for the registration examination given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
- The DPD program, which meets the academic requirements for registration eligibility.
- The Dietetic Internship, a post-baccalaureate program, designed to meet the supervised practice requirements for registration eligibility.
After completion of the BS course work for the Nutrition Science & Dietetics, students are eligible to apply for the an eight-month accredited Dietetic Internship that must be completed by a dietetic student for registration eligibility. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and DP courses GPA of 3.2 is recommended for admission into the program.
This supervised practice provides experiences in three main areas of dietetics—community nutrition, clinical nutrition, and food-service management. The Internship Program is available at several hospitals affiliated with Andrews University. Successful completion of this intensive eight-month supervised practice permits a student to write the national registration exam in dietetics. Students who successfully complete the internship will be issued an Internship Program verification statement.
Upon passing the registry exam, graduates receive formal recognition as Registered Dietitians (RD). This status is maintained by participating in continuing professional education activities approved by AND. With advanced study or experience, the dietitian may qualify as a specialist in clinical dietetics, food service management, nutrition education, or research.
( It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead)