Description of Program
The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition prepares students for a wide variety of careers in areas such as health care, public health, business, food management, and research. La Salle offers students two options for the Bachelor of Science: a Didactic Program in Nutrition or a Coordinated Program in Dietetics.
The Didactic Program in Nutrition prepares students for post-baccalaureate dietetic internships and offers opportunities for focused electives or for a minor area of study to match a student’s interests or career goals. Electives may also be used to take additional courses to prepare for graduate study in other health sciences, such as medicine, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, and others. Graduates work to promote health and wellness within communities and have employment opportunities in public health agencies (government and private), food service facilities, and businesses.
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics prepares students to be eligible to become registered dietitians immediately after graduation by incorporating supervised practice experiences throughout their senior year in the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Program. The dietetic internship experience contains a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice in clinical and community nutrition and food service management.
To obtain the Registered Dietitian credential, the student must pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics after graduation. After becoming a Registered Dietitian, students are eligible to apply for licensure in the State of Pennsylvania and other states where the practice of dietetics is regulated through licensure. Registered Dietitians are employed in health-care settings as medical team members and as managers of nutrition programs for hospitals, long term care facilities, school foodservice programs, and community health organizations. They are also employed by food companies, service management companies, the pharmaceutical industry, other businesses, or in private practice.