Nutrition science is the study of how our bodies transform everything from applesauce to zucchinis into energy. It’s the study of the nutrients that make up the food we eat and how our diet affects our overall health. Whether you’re preparing for a career in the field of dietetics or interested in nutrition for personal enrichment, you’ll enjoy the diverse classes we offer.
The Nutrition & Dietetics program includes the following area of study:
Do you want to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are credentialed nutrition professionals who work in a wide variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, public health, education, research, and private practice.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RDN credential:
- Completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college and course work approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a healthcare facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation, or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to twelve months in length.
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
- Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
- Please Note: Academic requirements will change in 2024.
Mesa Community College is here to help you begin the process of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Complete requirements for the first two years of the Nutrition and Dietetics Bachelor's Degree Program at Arizona State University or The University of Arizona by following the Associate of Arts: Pre-dietetics pathway.
**Please note, the AA pathway is not a degree in nutrition, it is for content emphasis only.