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Nutrition and

Bachelor of Science


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At Benedictine University, we have 40 years of demonstrated excellence in Nutrition. Founded in the sciences, our accredited Nutrition and Dietetics major (DPD) excels in areas of medical nutrition, wellness, and community health.

To best prepare you for your career path, we immerse you in authentic experiences, including case studies, nutrition assessment, counseling, labs, and professional mentoring. Our USDA funded Multi-Cultural Program provides the opportunity for scholarships and community leadership development. Additional experiential opportunities include our study abroad nutrition course, research with faculty, and hands-on practica at worksites. As an undergraduate, you are eligible to take graduate courses and pre-match into our combined Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic Internship (MS/DI) program or other post-baccalaureate programs. Successful completion of our DPD/MS/DI programs qualifies you to take the registration examination to become a licensed and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Students in the Nutrition and Dietetics program have the opportunities to:

Demonstrate knowledge, application and integration of principles of health promotion and disease prevention with normal nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and public health nutrition for varied populations..
Demonstrate use of scientific information and research for evidence-based practice and develop critical-thinking skills.
Demonstrate an understanding of the beliefs, values, and behaviors for professional practice.
Apply principles of food science and techniques of food preparation and modification.

What Our Graduates Have Done With This Major

Nutrition and Dietetics Alumni

Our graduates are accepted into dietetic internship programs and graduate programs at a rate higher than the national average. Some of our alumni work as dietitians and nutritionists in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, private practice and community settings.

An Accredited Program

Benedictine’s nutrition and dietetics curriculum is accredited as a Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD) by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Excellent Academic Preparation

Our program is consistently rated highly by our students and alumni. It boasts an average pass rate of 98% on the RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist) exam for the past three years. We are also proud to have a 100% Dietetic Internships placement match rate for the past 3 years.

Strong Job Outlook

Jobs in nutrition and dietetics are expected to grow by 8% nationally from 2018 to 2028 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook). Compared to other metropolitan areas, the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights region has the largest level of employment for dietetic technicians and the third-largest level of employment for registered dietitians and nutritionists in the country.

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Lisle Campus

I would describe the BenU nutrition program as intellectually rich and stimulating. I joined the program because it is one of the strongest in the state of Illinois. BenU’s degree in dietetics provided me with the foundation that helped me match to my dietetic internship at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital; embark on my career as a clinical outpatient dietitian at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center; and start making a difference in people’s lives.

Hristina Tasevski

Clinical Outpatient Dietitian at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center


Bonnie Beezhold, PhD, MHS, MCHES®
Associate Dean, College of Science and Health
Associate Professor | Dept of Nutrition and Public Health
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[email protected]

Benedictine University
Department of Nutrition
5700 College Road
Kindlon Hall, Room 224
Lisle, IL 60532