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College for Women | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

The St. Kate’s major in dietetics will teach you the relationship between food, nutrition, and human health and physiology — and how to communicate scientific information about food in a practical, engaging way.

Program Details

Take 32 credits per year to finish your degree in four years.

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Get Connected to Dietetics Work and Volunteer Opportunities

As a dietetics major, you will receive personalized guidance throughout this as you move through the curriculum. We provide connections and suggestions for volunteering and working.

In the course Intercultural and Community Nutrition, you’ll start in the classroom learning about cultural and religious food patterns, then move into the food lab to create foods from around the world.

Community Lifespan Nutrition takes you into schools and community organizations to promote healthy nutrition and gain real-world experience.

Experimental Foods and Nutrition introduces the use of statistics and allows you to develop an original research project, which may be presented at the annual Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics conference.

These experiences in the dietetics program are a definite plus during the dietetic internship application process or at any job interview.

Program Accreditation

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is the first step in becoming an RD/RDN. The DPD Student Handbook houses additional information about the program, including:

  • unique costs and requirements of the DPD program

  • steps to supervised practice

  • the computer matching process

  • the national registration exam

The knowledge requirements for this program can be found at Core Knowledge Requirements for DPD.

View program mission, goals, and objectives.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at St. Catherine University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND):

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Applied Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Opportunities

A master of science degree will be required to earn an RD credential beginning in 2024. Upon program launch, St. Kate’s would be the only institution in Minnesota to offer an accelerated dual degree track in nutrition science and dietetics that results in eligibility to take the national registration exam to earn the RD credential. Learn more about our progress toward opening this opportunity from a St. Kate’s faculty member by filling out our form.

* The St. Catherine University Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program is pending accreditation. Our eligibility application was accepted by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and we are in the candidacy process for our proposed Future Education Model graduate program in nutrition and dietetics. The program is not accepting applications at this time but will do so upon successful completion of the eligibility application process if the program receives candidacy for accreditation status from ACEND (estimated to occur by June 2023).