McNeese State University offers nutrition programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The undergraduate nutrition major program, known as the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Dietetics. Students completing this degree program are eligible to apply for acceptance in Dietetic Internship programs. The undergraduate program offers three areas of concentration; the DPD program with the concentration in Dietetics, Food Technology, and Nutritional Sciences.
Didactic Program in Dietetics: The undergraduate degree earned will be a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in dietetics. The program has been accredited since 1993, and has approximately 30 students enrolled. The degree can be achieved within four years of full-time study. The student upon graduating will have a greater understanding for nutritional health of communities, medical nutrition therapy, food science principles, management, communiction strategies in nutrition and food education, and professional issues that affect dietetics.
Combined Program of Dietetic Internship and Master of Science in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Nutrition and Wellness: This program is an 18-month program of graduate study that integrates didactic and clinical experiences into one curriculum. The program will begin in the fall semester and run through the spring, summer, and fall semesters of the next year. Both the Internship Program and the Master of Science degree must be completed in order to receive a Verification Statement and be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Up to ten qualified applicants are accepted each year. Travel is required for this internship program. Rotations in varied clinical, community and food service management settings. Successful completion of this program qualifies one to sit for the registration examination to become a liscensed and registered dietitian.