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.
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.
- Registered Dietitian
- Dietetic Technician, Registered