Dietitians help people by scientifically evaluating their diets and suggesting diet modifications to prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthful eating habits. Members of the dietetics profession practice in a variety of environments, which include hospitals and other healthcare facilities, schools and universities, government and community agencies, business and industry. A growing number of dietitians are employed on physician's offices, clinics, home-health care agencies, mass communication, and other entrepreneurial roles. Popular interest in nutrition has led to opportunities in food manufacturing, advertising, and marketing.
The Nutrition & Dietetics program is based on the completion of two years of prerequisite course work at any accredited college or university. The professional program includes theory, laboratory, research and clinical experiences. Ten weeks of clinical experience are scheduled at the end of the first year and ten weeks during the spring quarter of the last year. Students participate as active members of the nutrition-care team in multiple clinical settings. Administrative affiliation experiences involve decision-making assignments in volume-feeding operations.
Upon completion of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree, the graduate is eligible to take the registration examination offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and become a registered dietitian.
1. Prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians who are eligible to write the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
2. Prepare graduates who are servant leaders in their chosen profession.
3. Provide professionally trained Registered Dietitians with either an emphasis in medical nutrition therapy or public health nutrition who may be employed by the healthcare and educational systems of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, or local, national, or international entities.
Pass rate of first-time test takers on the registration examination. Over a five-year period, the pass rate for CP graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%.
Students enrolled in the professional courses in the third year of a bachelor-level CP or first year of a graduate level CP that are expected to complete program/degree requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion. Over a five-year period, 70% or more of CP graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within three months of program completion.
Program graduates will become servant leaders in their profession roles.
Program Length2 years
Possible CareersNutritionist or dietitian in hospitals, clinics, food services, or a personal business.
Application DeadlinesThere are currently no published application deadlines.
Admissions RequirementsAdmission to the program is based upon a selective process. To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must:
- A GPA of 3.0 or above
- An interview for applicants in southern California - others will be notified if an interview is requested
- Complete an online application, including a personal statement demonstrating your interest in Nutrition and Dietetics
- Three recommendation letters
- Completion of program prerequisites
- Humanities—20 quarter units or 14 semester units (choose from three areas: history, literature, philosophy, foreign language, art/music appreciation, or art/music history)
- Four units of religion per year attended at a Seventh-day Adventist college or university
- Two years high school mathematics with grades of C or better, or college algebra
- Anatomy and physiology with laboratory, complete sequence (3 quarters or 2 semesters)
- General chemistry with laboratory (one semester or two quarters)
- Microbiology with laboratory
- General psychology
- Introduction to sociology
- English composition, complete sequence
- Two physical activity courses
- Human nutrition
Discipline Accrediting AgencyThese programs are currently granted continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association. 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040, ext 5400. Website: www.eatright.com/CADE, Fax: (312) 899-4817, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expected Cost of Attendance
Academic Year 2020-2021
|Year of Program:||Year 1|
|Books & Supplies||$2,800|
|Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)||—|
Expected costs for the 2020-2021 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
Estimated Living Expenses
Academic Year 2020-2021, off campus, with a roommate
|Year of Program:||Year 1|
|Room & Board||$16,860|
- Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
- International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
- In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.