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By selecting the B.S. in Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics Option, you can forge your own path to a successful career in clinical dietetics, nutrition education, food-service management, health-related pre-professional programs, public-health nutrition, private practice, applied research, or continue on to graduate study.

Designed to help you understand the nutritional needs of the human body related to both health and disease, this option will help you promote wellness as well as design medical nutritional therapy programs. This option will also help you meet the requirements for becoming a Registered Dietitian (RDN), including earning the verification statement needed to apply to the post-baccalaureate supervised practice programs, and preparing you for the Registered Dietitian Exam.

Overview of the option

Requirements for the option


The Pennsylvania State University Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040, ext 5400.

Date of next site review: Fall 2019


Applied Sciences Option

Basic Sciences Option

Nicole Bianco
“After only three weeks into the clinical rotation of my dietetic internship, I’m able to see and counsel patients every day. It feels really good to be able to make a difference in someone's life using nutrition. Thank you, Penn State, for helping me get to where I am today!”
Nicole Bianco
Nutritional Sciences '18
Alex Kummerer
“I'm so grateful for the excellent nutrition professors at Penn State. I've been able to use my knowledge from Penn State every day during my dietetic internship. Nutrition is so important, and I love getting to share my knowledge with people each day!”
Alex Kummerer
Nutritional Sciences '18