Gain professional skills in dietetics and nutrition through our accelerated degree
Quickly start a dietetics career by completing a bachelors and masters degree in just
five years. In this program, you'll pursue the advanced education needed to address
nutritional health and well-being challenges prevalent in today’s world.
The accelerated nutrition and dietetics degree provides you with a science-based food
and nutrition education that combines classroom learning with experience in settings
such as hospitals, schools, clinics, community agencies and long-term care facilities.
It's a fast-paced and intense program that prepares you to provide credible food and
UND prepares you for leadership roles that address nutrition problems, develop solutions
and measure impacts. In the accelerated degree program, you'll complete the requirements
for both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years. You will learn to:
Assess nutrition needs of diverse and at-risk groups.
Develop and implement behavior theory approaches while considering cultural needs.
Evaluate the effectiveness of nutrition interventions for individuals and groups.
Apply educational theory, research and experiential knowledge in nutrition education,
counseling, medical nutrition therapy and food service production and management activities.
Demonstrate advanced professional practice skills in the prevention and management
of nutrition-related chronic diseases.
How does the accelerated dietetics degree work?
First earn your B.S. in Dietetics and continue on to earn an M.S. in Nutrition. Master's students have the opportunity to specialize in either nutrition science
or nutrition and education and counseling. Both options provide unique opportunities to strengthen your understanding of human
nutrition and give you an edge in the field. After completing the accelerated Dietetics program you will become eligible to sit
for the national Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to test to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).
Graduates of the accelerated program also qualify to take the national exam to become
a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN/RD). Passing the national exam allows graduates
to become RDNs who qualify for licensure in North Dakota, along with 47 other U.S.
states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Arizona and Michigan do not currently
have laws requiring RDNs to be licensed to practice. Learn more about state licensure
for RDNs by visiting the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
UND's Accelerated Dietetics Degree
Combine classroom experience and 1,000 hours of supervised practice into a single
program with no additional internship required.
Work side-by-side with dietetic professionals in the field to gain hands-on work experience.
Employment of dietitians is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations
through the year 2026 because of the increased emphasis on disease prevention, improved
chronic disease management, a growing and aging population and public interest in
nutrition. In addition the U.S. News & World Reportranks nutritionists/dietitians as one of the 100 Best Jobs.
As a registered dietitian you will be qualified to work in a variety of health care,
industry and community settings, including:
Community health and government agencies
Food service management
Long-term care facilities
Public health organizations
Dietetics Degree Skills
A dietetics degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:
Electronic Health Records
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Dietetics alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
Altru Health System
Aurora Dialysis, LLC
Public Health (state and county offices)
U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and U.S Navy
Long-term care facilities
Accelerated Dietetics Degree Courses
N&D 350. Medical Nutrition Therapy I. 3 Credits.
An evidence-based study and application of the nutrition care process. This includes nutritional assessment techniques, pathophysiology in disease, and medical nutrition therapy for common medical conditions. Prerequisite: N&D 441. Corequisite: N&D 450. F.
N&D 554. Nutrigenomics. 3 Credits.
This course explores to the interactions between nutritional factors, genomics, and health. The course also explores the potential roles of the nutrition professional in developing personalize dietary prescriptions to optimize health, reduce disease risk, or improve management of chronic disease. Prerequisites: Undergraduate courses in biochemistry or advanced nutrition and human physiology. On demand.
N&D 325. Nutrition Through the Life Cycle. 3 Credits.
Optimal growth and development throughout the lifespan requires proper nutrition that begins prior to conception. This course examines nutritional needs of Individuals rior to conception, during pregnancy and lactation, and throughout childhood, adolescence, and all of adulthood. The course will study the nutrient needs for each phase of the life cycle. Students will learn about the influence of nutrition on growth and development, as well as the physiological and developmental basis for food choice and dietary recommendations. Prerequisite: N&D 240. F.
N&D 345. Community Nutrition. 3 Credits.
This course allows the student to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to plan programs and promote nutritional well-being to the public. Through readings, lectures and class discussions, students work in teams to select a community to assess, research it relative to interrelated health, social and economic concerns, and identify nutrition priorities that need to be addressed in that community. A graduated series of assignments culminates in a written program proposal and oral presentation to address the needs of the community. Students hone speaking and writing skills, and learn how to assess the work of others, to give helpful feedback, and to work effectively to complete group and individuals assignments. Prerequisites or Corequisites: N&D 325 and N&D 344. S.
N&D 560. Nutrition and Health Coaching. 3 Credits.
This course develops and strengthens advanced nutrition coaching skills and nutrition counseling interventions using the evidence-based motivational interviewing style. The focus will be on attending to client-centered orientation and building therapeutic relationships through engaged communication skills. Core competencies explored with an emphasis on enhancing practical skill development through video demonstrations, real play, case studies, creative reflection, practice sessions with instructor feedback, and facilitated group discussions. Prerequisite: Admission into the program. F.
N&D 545. Nutrition in Disease Prevention and Wellness. 3 Credits.
An exploration of prevention and wellness models specifically designed to decrease the mortality and morbidity of chronic disease in the United States population. The course focuses on the involvement of optimal nutrition and health behaviors in prevention of disease and promotion of wellbeing that encompasses a whole person perspective. Prerequisite: Admission to the program. SS.
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