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Online Undergraduate Degrees in Nutrition

By Michelle Zehr ; Updated April 18, 2017

Online education becomes more common each year. Students now have the opportunity to participate in online undergraduate education in nutrition at a number of colleges and universities across the country. Online learning can be beneficial for those with hectic lifestyles or those looking to obtain a second degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for dietitians is expected to increase 9 percent other the next years. With an average salary of $41,060, dietitians can work in hospitals, schools and other professional settings.

Job Description

Choosing a career in nutrition means you will likely work as a dietitian or nutritionists. Dietitians and nutritionists plan food and meal programs, supervising the making of meals and supervise the serving of these meals. Dietitians can work in hospitals, schools, home health agencies, public clinics, company cafeterias, prisons and nursing homes. Dietitians promote health and well-being through food. Dietitians can help control, prevent and treat illnesses through the promotion of health eating and diet modification. They may also ensure patients, students and other individuals are receiving proper nutrition. Dietitians can also work to fight childhood and adult obesity.


Undergraduate degrees in nutrition can be associates or bachelor's degrees. Programs can include food science, fitness nutrition, sports nutrition, clinical nutrition and dietary management. For enrollment in an undergraduate program, students must have high school diploma or GED. Students must also meet all over requirements set by the college. These can include test- SAT or ACT- scores and the competition of certain core competencies. Some programs require clinical rotations.


If you are enrolled in a nutrition degree program, you will cover a variety of subject matter. Classes include anatomy, physiology, chemistry, psychology, biology, nutrition therapy, food systems, food safety, microbiology, food services management, nutrition assessments, vegetarian diets and nutrition plan creation. Courses vary based on the school you have selected. If going for a bachelor's degree, you are also going to be required to take maths, English, social sciences and humanities. Check with a counselor at your perspective school to make sure you are signing up for the appropriate coursework.

Online Programs

Online programs provide the same instruction- minus the clinical work- as your traditional college classroom setting. Students can work at their own pace provided they have a computer and high-speed Internet hook-up. Distance learning students can attend school in any part of the country and complete their work at anytime of the day without having to leave their homes. This works well for working adults and parents. Distance learners will take quizzes, complete written assignments and projects as well as engage in interactive chats with professors and other students.


Before choosing an online undergraduate nutrition program. It is a good idea to check with the Commission of Accreditation for Dietetics Education- a division of the American Dietetic Association- to ensure your chosen school is accredited. This means your school meets all the stands set forth by the American Dietetic Association. This will prepare you for taking the Registered Dietitian examination. Accredited online institutions include Kaplan University, Penn Foster Career School, Ashworth College and Stratford University. As online education continues to increase in popularity, it is a good idea to check with other schools you may be interested in attending. The number of majority universities adding distance learning continues to grow each year.

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