Pre-Nutrition

Pre-Nutrition

Introduction

Pre-Professional Pathways are not offered as majors at Western, nor are they at most other universities, but they can be incorporated into or taken alongside any degree-granting major offered at Western.

Pre-Nutrition is not a major at Western. A student completing an undergraduate degree at Western has the option of either going to a masters nutrition program or an undergraduate nutrition program to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). In the former case, the school will list their prerequisite courses required for admission, which you must complete in your undergraduate degree. In the latter case, you must contact the undergraduate school to determine if they accept students who have already completed a degree into their program, and what course preparation they recommend. 

Examples of Western majors that fulfill some or all of the prerequisite coursework for nutrition programs include: Biology-Anthropology, and Community Health. 

What does it mean to be a Pre-Nutrition Major?

Many people call themselves a "nutritionist" and work providing nutrition information on topics such as weight loss, healthy living, or sports performance. Not all of these people, however, are registered dietitians. The Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) is the American Dietetic Association (ADA) accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians or dietetic technicians, registered. Only graduates of CADE-accredited programs are eligible to take the exam to become a Registered Dietitian or Dietetic Technician, Registered. Individuals who only have degrees in nutrition, dietetics or other related areas from programs that are not CADE-accredited are NOT ELIGIBLE to take the exam to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Dietetic Technician, Registered. If a person is not a RD, they are not eligible for many jobs in the nutrition field. WWU is not CADE-accredited. WWU students wishing to become nutritionist must continue their education at a CADE-accredited program at another school.

CADE accredited programs, and other information on becoming a RD can be obtained at: www.eatright.org/students/education/accreditedprograms.aspx

Programs exist at both the bachelor's or graduate level, and are either a:

  • Coordinated Program in Dietetics, in which dietitian coursework and supervised practice for RD eligibility are combined in the degree program; or
  • Didactic Programs in Dietetics, in which dietitian coursework only is offered by the school granting the degree followed by Dietetic Internship, which is supervised practice only for RD eligibility.

A student completing an undergraduate degree at WWU has the option of either going to a masters nutrition program or an undergraduate nutrition program to become a RD. In the former case, the school will list their prerequisite courses required for admission, which you must complete in your undergraduate degree (see example below). In the latter case, you must contact the undergraduate school to determine if they accept students who have already completed a degree into their program, and what course preparation they recommend. A third option for a WWU student is to not complete a degree at WWU and to transfer to a CADE-accredited undergraduate program to obtain their bachelor’s degree.

Students are encouraged to review prerequisite courses early in their academic planning and to develop a plan of study within the first quarter of entry to Western.

Pre-Nutrition is not a major at WWU. Examples of Western majors that cover some or all of the prerequisites include: Biology-Anthropology, and Community Health.

Beyond the Classroom

Western's Pre-Healthcare Professions Advising Office provides mentoring and advising to students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare professions. The office works with students to enhance their chances of gaining successful admission to the professional school of their choice. Services range from individual academic advisement to preparing students for the final application process.

Western's Associated Students is home to 200+ clubs, including those for students pursuing healthcare professions.

Careers and Graduate Studies

The Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) is the American Dietetic Association (ADA) accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians or dietetic technicians, registered. Only graduates of CADE-accredited programs are eligible to take the exam to become a Registered Dietitian or Dietetic Technician, Registered. Individuals who only have degrees in nutrition, dietetics or other related areas from programs that are not CADE-accredited are not eligible to take the exam to become a Registered Dietitian or Dietetic Technician, Registered. If a person is not a RD, they are not eligible for many jobs in the nutrition field. Western is not CADE-accredited.

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Sample Jobs

  • Registered Dietitian
  • Dietetic Technician, Registered