Nutrition and Dietetics Program Highlights
The mission of McNeese’s bachelor’s degree program in agricultural sciences, with a concentration in nutrition and dietetics, is to prepare undergraduate students academically and professionally for a career in dietetics through professional development and self-directed learning. Program curriculum explores topics in counseling education, behavior modification, malnutrition identification and how to use the nutrition care process to facilitate changes for an individual. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, this degree program prepares students for supervised postgraduate practice, a necessary component to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.
Program goals include:
- Prepare graduates for successful entry into a dietetic internship and/or a graduate program.
- Produce professionals who, upon completion of the dietetic internship in nutrition and dietetics, are skilled entry-level dietitians.
A direct pathway to becoming a registered dietitian
After graduation, nutrition and dietetics students can apply to be pre-selected for the university’s dietetic internship and master’s degree program in nutrition and wellness. Internship experience is required to be able to sit for the national registered dietitian exam.
While most nutrition and dietetics majors must wait until spring of their last semester to find out if they have been accepted into an internship, McNeese students can apply before their last semester for early acceptance.
For more on the dietetic internship and other program information, see the Student Handbook.
At a Glance
Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Degree Program: Agricultural Sciences
Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)
What Can You Do with this Degree?
The nutrition and dietetics program prepares undergraduate students for graduate school programs to become registered dieticians and nutritionists in clinical, community and management settings, such as hospitals, government agencies, outpatient care centers and nursing and residential care facilities.
Graduate Schools or Programs
- Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences
- Master of Public Health
Potential Job Titles or Employers
- Aramark Healthcare
- Clementine Adolescent Treatment Programs
- DaVita Kidney Care
- Dietitians on Demand
- Lafayette General Health
- Lake Charles Memorial Health System
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Students’ Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) is one of more than 100 student organizations on campus. McNeese’s chapter of SAND makes it easy to meet other dietetics and nutrition majors, all while helping promote healthy eating and wellness in the community through a variety of events and service opportunities.
McNeese’s nutrition and dietetics program offers a number of ways to participate in opportunities to educate the local community on topics in nutrition. For example, undergraduate students have worked with local dietitians to present information at the Rouses Health Fair, provided healthy snacks to the Westlake Senior Center and offered free health services and workshops to McNeese students, faculty and staff.
Meat Production and Processing Center
Housed in the Harold and Pearl Dripps School of Agricultural Sciences, the Center for Advancement of Meat Production and Processing (CAMPP) is one of McNeese’s satellite campuses. Located in Lacassine, this 7,350-square-foot facility is used to conduct applied research related to agricultural sciences and to support workforce development by preparing students for a wide variety of jobs in agriculture and food science.
Additional Details on the Nutrition and Dietetics Program
The Combined Master of Science/Internship Program (MS/IP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ACEND can be contacted at:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
312/899-0040 ext. 5400
To become a Registered Dietician, a student must complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college, as well as ACEND-approved course work. Students must also complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a healthcare facility, community agency or food service corporation, or as part of undergraduate or graduate student study. Once both criteria are satisfied, students are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians, administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. In the state of Louisiana, once an individual obtains the Registered Dietitian credential, they can apply for state licensure.
McNeese’s Master of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in nutrition and dietetics fulfills the required bachelor’s degree with ACEND-approved coursework component, and prepares students for post-graduate supervised practice.
Program outcome measures are available to the public and prospective students upon request.
Programs Related to the Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Dietetics
Geneva Breaux, MS, RDN, LDN, Director of Undergraduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics