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The Mansfield University dietetics concentration is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) (Formerly the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association), 120 South Riverside Dr., Plaza Suite 2000 Chicago, IL 60606 (312-899-0040 ext5400)

This program includes specialized courses in life cycle nutrition, community nutrition, advanced nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, nutrition education and counseling, food science, food service, chemistry and biology. Students have the opportunity to learn about nutrition and dietetics in a rural environment.

Graduates of this program have two options:

  1. to obtain an American Dietetic Association accredited internship in order to become a Registered Dietitian or
  2. to obtain an entry level job in the fields of nutrition or food service management.

Career opportunities in this growing field include jobs as foodservice directors or sports nutritionists in schools, sports nutritionists in fitness facilities, food and nutrition experts for food manufacturers or grocery store chains, food service directors for various institutions, clinical dietitians in hospitals and, long term care facilities, private practice dietitians, dietitians in wellness and weight control programs; community dietitians for community programs such as the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program and employment in a variety of public and private organizations.

Nutrition and dietetics students are subject to all University academic requirements. The following academic requirements apply only to those continuing in the Nutrition and Dietetics Program.

  1. Courses required for the B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics may not be taken Pass/Fail.
  2. A grade of “C” or above is required in all nutrition and dietetics (DIT) courses or the course must be repeated.
  3. Nutrition and Dietetics courses may be repeated once. Failure to achieve a “C” grade or better after taking the same course for a second time will block the student from enrollment in any further courses with the same prefix offered by Mansfield University.
  4. Requirements for the B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics must be completed in 7 years or the student may need to repeat certain courses.
  5. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  6. All academic standards stated above must be met to receive a Verification Statement. This statement is required for an American Dietetic Association internship, licensure and in some states for certification. If a student does not comply with any of these requirements, he/she may receive a failing grade in the clinical component of the course.

Students must meet all clinical agency health requirements. These may include background checks, specific immunizations, urine drug testing, and a respirator fit test. Students will be expected to cover the costs of background checks, immunizations, urine drug testing and respirator fit test.



DIT 2211* Introduction to Nutrition 3
DIT 3305 Principles of Food Science 3
DIT 3314 Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle 3
DIT 3316 Community Nutrition 3
DIT 3325 Nutrition Counseling and Education 3
DIT 4420 Nutrition Research Seminar 3
DIT 4417 Advanced Nutrition 3

Total semester hours for core


Nutrition: Dietetics (B.S.): 120 s.h.

The Dietetics Concentration is for students who wish to become registered dietitians and seek a varied background in nutrition.

Required Courses:

DIT 3315 Food Service Organization and Management 3
DIT 4401 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
DIT 4402 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3
DIT 4411 Quantity Food Production 4
DIT xxxx Choice 3
BSC 1121* Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BSC 1122* Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BSC 3271* Microbiology for Health Sciences 4
CHM 1101* Introduction to Chemistry 4
CHM 1102* Organic and Biochemistry 4
CHM 2201 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
MA 1125* Introductory Statistics I 3

Total Semester Hours for Concentration:


Total Semester Hours for the major (Core plus Concentration):


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