Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

Students in Samford's Nutrition Research Lab

One Degree. Endless Possibilities.

When it comes to human health, few topics create more interest or more discussion than food and nutrition. What we eat has a profound impact on health, affecting a number of the most critical issues upsetting health in this country. From the obesity epidemic to rising rates of diabetes, heart disease and cancer, nutrition plays a critical role in improving patient outcomes. A degree in Nutrition and Dietetics can lead you down any number of fascinating career paths — all depending on where you feel called to serve. Our graduates work in hospitals and home health agencies, food and nutrition publications to sports teams and fitness clubs.

For more than 80 years, Samford University’s Nutrition and Dietetics program has been preparing students to become competent, entry-level dietitians or dietetic technicians. In fact, our innovative curriculum has long included courses that just recently were added as requirements by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for accreditation, including an externship under the supervision of a registered dietitian and an undergraduate research project.

Why Samford?

The first reason to consider Samford for Nutrition & Dietetics is the excellent academics. You’ll be challenged, but you’ll learn more and grow more than you can imagine. Beyond academics, there are several reasons to consider Samford’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, including:

  • Low student-to-teacher ratio in the classroom
  • Highly educated and experienced faculty who are always available to you
  • Experiential learning and Inter-professional education
  • 16 work-stations in 2 food labs, a nutrition research lab, and a food science lab 
  • Opportunities to study abroad
  • Pre-selection application and admission for Samford’s Dietetic Internship
  • Leadership opportunities through the student-led Student Dietetic Association, Samford Body Positive, and Kappa Omicron Nu, the honor society for students in human sciences, including nutrition and food science 

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must apply for admission to Samford University. Transfer students must have a 2.5 GPA. 

Apply Now

Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting the Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, 205-726-4078 or disability@samford.edu.

Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics requires a 3.0 GPA to enter a Dietetic Internship or Supervised Practice Program. Upon completion of a Dietetic Internship or Supervised Practice Program, students are eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist.

Program outcomes data are available upon request. Please contact program leadership for this information. 

Accreditations

The undergraduate Didactic Program (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a Title IV gatekeeper. This recognition affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND is also a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and abides by its code of good practice. The address and phone number of ACEND are: 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois, 60606-6995, 312-0899-4876.

For additional information, go to eatrightpro.org/resources/acend.

Our Commitment

In the Professional Practicum class, students have the opportunity to work with Dietetic and Nutrition professionals in the community.  Learning by direct observation and then by doing are hallmarks of this experience.  Students are given the opportunity under the supervision of professionals in the field to use the nutrition and foods knowledge they have gained from school to begin to help others.  Service Learning becomes a reality.  Students come away from this opportunity more confident in their choice of major, more excited about their field of study and better equipped to work with others in a professional and community setting.  This is a confidence and skill building experience.

-Donna R. Seibels, M.S., RD, LD, Assistant Professor & Clinical Coordinator, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Life in the Program

Samford's nutrition and dietetics professors continually go above and beyond as they train the next generation of registered dietitians. The strong focus on research, public speaking, and service prepared me well for my current position as a dietitian in the third highest-ranked NICU in the country. Every day, I use skills that I developed at Samford, in tasks like analyzing research studies, educating resident physicians, and creating nutrition support plans for tiny, precious babies. 

The support my classmates and I received from our professors was exceptional and unrelenting. We were challenged academically, and as a result we became better dietitians. From the state-of-the-art kitchen classrooms, to supervised practice, to the chance to study abroad, there are so many opportunities for learning and growth at Samford. 

I can't adequately express how grateful and proud I am to have completed my nutrition and dietetics degree at Samford. I wouldn't trade it for the world!

- Rebecca Vander Veer, ‘14, nutrition and dietetics 

Program Leadership

Donna Seibels, M.S., RD, LD
Assistant Professor and Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics and Clinical Coordinator
Department of of Nutrition & Dietetics
Email: drseibel@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2570

Plan of Study

Student Handbook