Nutrition and Dietetics at Messiah College
Our accredited nutrition and dietetics major prepares you for careers in medical nutrition, nutrition counseling, and community health.
As a nutrition and dietetics major at Messiah College, you will learn how to apply scientific principles, communication techniques and management strategies to improve the nutritional health of individuals and communities. Messiah College is one of the few Christian colleges to offer a dietetics curriculum that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE). Nutrition and dietetics students participate in service learning opportunities in the community, as well as hands-on experiences in on-campus labs. Our nutrition and dietetics graduates are well prepared to compete for positions in CADE-accredited dietetic internships or graduate school or to obtain jobs as public health nutrition counselors, dietetic technicians or food service managers.
Nutrition and dietetics major distinctives
As a nutrition and dietetics major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Work in our state-of-the-art nutrition and dietetics lab suite as well as our biology, chemistry and microbiology labs.
- Learn how to apply scientific principles, communication techniques and management strategies to improve the nutritional status of individuals and communities.
- Join the Student Nutrition Awareness Club (SNAC) where you’ll perform a variety of food and nutrition related service activities and develop leadership skills.
- Take courses such as Nutrition Through the Life Cycle, Advanced Food Science and Technology, and Nutrition Education and Counseling.
- Work alongside faculty to design and conduct a research project related to food and nutrition.In the past, students have completed projects in researching body composition assessment, the availability of vegetables in urban environments, iron status in college women and nutritional status of children in refugee camps.
- Plan and prepare nutritious and delicious meals for large groups using the College’s dining services kitchens.
- Compete for dietetic internships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), including Messiah's own post-graduate dietetic internship that has been granted candidacy for accreditation by ACEND.
Mission and goals
The mission and goal of our program is to:
- Prepare graduates to succeed in dietetics internships, graduate school or entry-level jobs in nutrition and dietetics or related professional settings.
- Prepare graduates who demonstrate professional development, leadership, teamwork and community service.
Opportunities and internships
Messiah’s Career and Professional Development Center places students in a variety of nutrition and dietetics hands-on learning experiences. A few examples include working in:
- Food service organizations
- Dining facilities
- Nursing homes
- Community health organizations
Messiah College offers a post-graduate dietetic internship, which has been granted candidacy for accreditation status by ACEND. Students who complete their undergraduate dietetics coursework at Messiah College are eligible to apply to the Messiah College Dietetic Internship through the preselect program. Any additional openings are filled through the national dietetic internship match process.
Graduates of the nutrition and dietetics major are equipped to:
- Provide nutrition education in wellness settings such as fitness centers, food banks and community health programs
- Assist with the management of food service operations in health care facilities, restaurants or schools
- Assist registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) in providing medical nutrition therapy in hospitals and nursing homes
- Pursue graduate education in nutrition education or public health
- Apply to ACEND-accredited dietetic internships (required in order to become a registered dietitian-nutritionist)
Graduates who successfully complete dietetic internships and pass the national Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Exam are equipped to:
- Provide medical nutrition therapy in hospitals, nursing homes, health clinics and businesses
- Provide nutrition counseling and education in grocery stores, fitness centers, colleges and universities and businesses
- Mange food service operations in health care facilities, schools, food banks and businesses
- Help develop new food products and educate consumers as an employee of a food company
Why study nutrition and dietetics?
The nutrition and dietetics major is a good choice if you enjoy biology and chemistry as well as working with people. This major has been approved or accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics to provide the academic portion of the requirements for becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) since 1977. Students who do not continue on the pathway to becoming an RDN have successfully pursued careers as community nutritionists, dietetic technicians and food service managers.
As you immerse yourself in field and classroom learning, you’ll develop communication, teamwork, management and problem-solving skills essential to a career in foods manufacturing, food service, community health and medical nutrition.
Within the nutrition and dietetics major, you’ll study a wide variety of subjects, including anatomy and physiology; chemistry and biochemistry; food science and technology; nutrition science; management and business; education and counseling; and medical nutrition.
Messiah College offers several scholarships including the Provost’s and College Honors Programs Scholarships each with different academic requirements and deadlines. We must receive all application materials by January 15th for highest scholarship consideration.
International citizens may be awarded additional financial aid on a case-by-case basis using the information provided on the International Student Scholarship Application (ISSA). The link to the ISSA form is emailed to students along with their admissions decision letter. That means the sooner the admissions process is completed, the sooner students can apply for financial aid and receive a package.
After subtracting academic scholarship and financial aid monies, international students pay between US$20,000-$30,000 each year for four years. The U.S. Embassy will deny student visa requests if the student cannot show supporting financial documents to pay this amount for college expenses. This is a government rule, not college rule.
We can accept your application, official transcript and test score at any time during the year. You must select which term you would be entering. There are two intakes during each academic year - in late August for our Fall term, and late January for our Spring term.
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Last updated November 27, 2017