Viterbo’s nutrition sciences program boasts state-of-the-art food science labs, nutrition assessment technology, and personalized learning.
Now offering a 4 + 2 option for Nutrition Sciences (B.S.) to Community Medical Dietetics (M.S.)
A degree in nutrition and dietetics can be the foundation for career opportunities in business and industry, food and nutrition management, and public health positions. The degree can also provide skills and the prerequisites for post-baccalaureate schooling for health-related professional degrees (e.g., physicians, physician assistants, naturopathic physicians, osteopathic physicians, dentists, and veterinarians). The ultimate objective of this program is to understand how nutrition can play a role in health and disease prevention and focuses on building content knowledge and skills in the broad areas of nutrition science and health care.
- County health departments
- Community agencies
- Fitness and health centers
Due to the fact that the dietetics industry will require a master's degree for Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) roles by 2024, Viterbo University has been granted accreditation to advance our program to a Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics degree. Starting with the fall 2019 cohort, Viterbo students interested in becoming registered dietitian nutritionists will have the option to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science plus a Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics in 6 years. The Community Medical Dietetic program at Viterbo University is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 800-877-1600.
Nutrition sciences is the science of nutrition and so by its nature, it encompasses other scientific disciplines including biology, chemistry, and biochemistry. It is also the study of how food and nutrients affect the human body requiring study of food science, anatomy, and physiology. The program's curriculum highlights foundational knowledge and skills as well as overall concepts, values, research methods, and applications that could prepare you to pursue a variety of career opportunities in health care and nutrition science-related industries. The ultimate objective of Nutrition Science is to understand how nutrition can play a role in health and disease prevention and focuses on building content knowledge and skills in the broad areas of nutrition science and health care.
Students in the coordinated program have access to the latest technology for nutrition assessment, nutrition education/counseling, food science, management and professional leadership. They are able to immediately apply what they learn in the classroom during supervised practice. Students participate in body composition clinics for athletics teams and biometric screenings of community members, along with a variety of other activities. There are guaranteed experiential learning opportunities once students are in the professional phase of the program, along with opportunity for seniors to complete their final rotation outside of the immediate La Crosse area. (Note, this program is transforming to a master's program as of fall 2022.)
Viterbo's Dietetic Internship is open to students who have completed the knowledge requirements as defined by the 2017 Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics' Standards of Education as part of a DPD program and who have completed a bachelor's degree.