Nutrition (BS)

Help others achieve personal health and wellness goals.

Available as
Bachelor of Science
4 years
Fort Wayne
Health Promotion
Nutrition Student

Why Study Nutrition Science?

What we eat has a profound impact on our health. Rising rates of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, among other conditions, illustrate the critical role nutrition plays in improving our health outcomes.

Pursuing a degree in Nutrition fulfills your calling to help people in one of the most meaningful ways possible: by improving their quality of life and extending their time with loved ones. This field offers a range of professional possibilities, from food marketing and health education to becoming a registered dietitian.

How to Become a Registered Dietitian

Requirements for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) have changed. As of January 2024, a master’s degree is required to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration exam. Saint Francis is no longer accepting students into its Coordinated Program for Dietetics.

However, our B.S. in Nutrition is a great starting point for an RDN career. It will prepare you for admission and success in graduate school. In addition, our team of faculty experts will guide and support your graduate program search.


Expected demand for dietitians and nutritionists through 2031


National median salary for dietitian and nutritionists in 2021

Why Saint Francis for Nutrition?

When you study nutrition science at Saint Francis, you’ll benefit from small classes, an experienced, readily available faculty and a program that deeply connects with our university’s Franciscan values. Not only will you leave with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the field, but you will also bring to your career a reverence for the dignity of each unique client you’ll serve.

Health Promotion

Gain a solid foundation in nutritional biochemistry and an understanding of how to apply nutrition for disease prevention; then use that knowledge to create educational and intervention programs for people of all ages, backgrounds and stages of life.

Be Taught by Experts

As a student in our Nutrition program, you will be taught by true experts—clinicians who work in the field and share the value of their professional experience. They know what’s current in the industry and how to transition into the “real world.” Plus, they really, really care about your success!

Hands-On Learning

Nutrition is an art and science, and you’ll see both come alive as you explore the chemistry of foods or modify a recipe for a health condition. The Saint Francis Food Lab—modeled after a commercial food service kitchen—gives you a space to build skills and confidence.

Internships and service-learning add to the mix of your hands-on learning at Saint Francis. As a Nutrition: Health Promotion student, you’ll work with community partners on real-world nutrition education projects. You’ll also find activity- and project-based elements in most of your coursework.

Campus and Community

Nutrition majors can join their peers in KAN (the Kinesiology and Nutrition Club). With a focus on career development and community connections, members create awareness projects, attend networking events and host monthly meetings.

Health Promotion Careers

Along with laying the groundwork for a career as an RDN, our program will prepare for a range of human health and nutrition positions in a variety of settings:

  • Health education/performance nutrition
  • Community outreach
  • Health communications
  • Food marketing
  • Human services agencies
  • Government health agencies
  • Food service management
  • Private consulting

Where You’ll Find Our Graduates

Saint Francis graduates have started their careers at the following sites:

  • Appalachian Regional Healthcare
  • Body by Kate
  • DaVita Dialysis
  • Lutheran Health Network
  • Nourish Health Center
  • Parkview Health
  • Women’s, Infants’ and Children’s Clinics


The University of Saint Francis’ Coordinated Program in Dietetics is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  This is granted at the baccalaureate level for a maximum enrollment of seven first-year and seven second-year students with a concentration in Health Promotion.

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Program Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: The Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Saint Francis will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians.

Program Objectives for Goal 1:

  • At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
  • 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of the first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • Of graduates who seek employment, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • 70% or more of program graduates will be rated as satisfactory by employers.
  • At a one-year post-graduation survey, 80% of the graduates who respond to the survey will indicate adequate preparation to practice effectively as an entry-level dietitian nutritionist.

Goal 2: The Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Saint Francis will prepare graduates to be life-long learners and encourage ongoing professional development.

Program Objectives for Goal 2:

  • 70% of graduates will have their Professional Development Portfolio Plan submitted and approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) within 12 months of becoming a Registered Dietitian.
  • 50% or more of program graduates will be active in professional organizations and/or community service within 12 months of program completion.

Get the Details —Facts and Info

Saint Francis is committed to the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition: Health Promotion concentration. The Coordinated Program in Dietetics concentration is no longer accepting students. Students interested in pursuing the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) exam will be assisted by the Nutrition Program Director in locating a master-level program that complements our B.S. in Nutrition: Health Promotion concentration.

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