Nutrition & dietetics
Devoted to a Healther World.
Bluffton's nutrition and dietetics department is designed to prepare students for health-service careers. We are the only private, liberal arts college in Ohio with a nutrition and dietetics major leading to a post-baccalaureate internship, dietetics registration and licensure.
Within one year of graduation, 80 percent of our graduates placed in an accredited internship position (the national average is 50 percent.) This internship is required to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).
Learn more about our majors in nutrition and dietetics, food and nutrition with concentrations in business or wellness, and our minor in wellness.
Each year, nutrition students are asked to develop nutritious meals for the Lunch
and Learn series. Student presentations, which are open to the community, include
a 20-30 minute cooking demonstration, nutritional information and a full meal.
>>> more about Lunch and Learn
The Bluffton dietetics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995).
The study of food and nutrition includes courses in science, behavioral sciences and management strategies, with a solid foundation in liberal studies. This major is for those who do not plan to become a registered dietitian. If you are interested in becoming a registered dietitian, see our nutrition and dietetics major.
The food and nutrition major offers students two concentrations, both combine coursework emphasizing the foundations of nutritional sciences with the physical and biological sciences necessary for professional practice. Nutrition in healthcare, food and wellness industries is growing rapidly, and opportunities for employment in those fields are available.
- FOOD AND NUTRITION IN BUSINESS: There is considerable demand in the global food industry for persons who understand food and nutrition. Career opportunities include managing food service organizations, food production, food product development and marketing, culinary arts and food sales. A variety of business courses are included in this major and a hands-on practice internship is required as part of the curriculum.
- WELLNESS works with people, families and communities to enhance their quality of life. Career options include corporate wellness programs, health/fitness clubs, educational institutions, community agencies and personal training/consulting.
April Misamore '18, a food and nutrition major from Findlay, Ohio, received two back-to-back recognitions that emphasize the hard work and dedication she's put into her academics.
“We do a lot of projects and hands on things as opposed to primarily being in the classroom, so I think that was very helpful and definitely will be useful during this internship.” >>> April's story
Explore the courses required for a
Dietetics is a profession concerned with the science and practice of human nutritional care. A registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is an allied medical professional who puts into practice the science and art of food and nutrition in the service of people, individuals, families and communities. In Ohio, a registered dietitian must also be a licensed dietitian (LD).
The RDN credential is required for most employment in the health care industry and preferred for many other careers in foods and nutrition. The credential is required when nutrition assessment and counseling is part of the job requirements.
Laura Galley ’18, a nutrition and dietetics major from Cumberland, Ind., was recently accepted into the Ph.D. program at Cornell University.
“Nutrition impacts everyone, everyone eats. And eating is not only a social thing that
we do but also a metabolic processes that affects your health. So I really hope that
somehow the research that I love doing will positively impact people’s health.”
>>> Laura's story
The first step in becoming a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist is to complete a baccalaureate degree in an accredited dietetics curriculum. The Bluffton University program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800-877-1600).
After graduation, as a dietetics student, you are eligible to apply for an accredited internship program. Following completion of this 10-12 month internship, you a eligible to take the national registration examination, which in Ohio is also the state licensure exam. Upon passing this exam, you are a registered and licensed dietitian.
The Bluffton University dietetics program has maintained a high success rate.
- 85% of our graduates have been placed in ADA internship positions within a year of graduation.
- 95% of our graduates have passed the registration examination on their first attempt
(100% on second attempt).
Explore the courses required for a
Are you interested in wellness issues but leaning toward a major in another department? Consider a minor in wellness
The main concern of nutrition and dietetics major is the health promotion and disease prevention for the general public. The wellness minor offers the student studies in food, nutrition, fitness, exercise and wellness concepts for the general public. Employment opportunities for graduates include the fitness industry, corporate wellness programs, resorts and spas, and community and public health settings.
Explore courses for a minor in:
- Wellness (not available to food & nutrition majors)
Want to learn more about Bluffton?
If you major within the natural and applied sciences division (biology, chemistry, dietetics, mathematics, physics and pre-med) you may qualify for a renewable $17,000 to $18,000 science scholarship.
Dietetics is a profession concerned with the science and practice of human nutritional care. A registered dietitian is an allied medical professional who puts into practice the science and art of food and nutrition.
A post-graduation dietetic internship is a required step to becoming a registered and licensed dietitian. Bluffton offers an internship with an emphasis on community and public health nutrition.