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Nutritional Sciences BS, Dietetics Option

Nutritional Sciences BS, Dietetics Option

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Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

The B.S. Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics Option provides a deep and varied education that prepares students for careers in nutrition in the role of Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered. 

As only one of two accredited Future Education Model Bachelor’s programs in the nation, UMass Lowell's Nutrition BS, Dietetics Option delivers a high quality education that combines curriculum and experiential learning. Since UML adheres to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics's (ACEND) standards, our students gain the knowledge, skills and judgment needed to succeed as a future Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (NDTR). Visit the ACEND website.

What do Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians Do?

Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians work to treat and prevent chronic diseases, manage food budgets, ensure public food safety, and prepare and educate clients and the public about the connection between food and health. 

Get Certified

After completing the degree, including coursework and experiential learning, graduates are prepared to take the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Students will then be eligible for a variety of jobs such as school nutrition and wellness coordinator, WIC health professional and food service manager. See more about career opportunities below.

Accreditation status provided by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics - the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists or nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered. ACEND® can be contacted by:

Website: ACEND Website
Email: ACEND@eatright.org
Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995

How to Become a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered

Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered (NDTRs) are educated and trained at the technical level of nutrition and dietetics practice for the delivery of safe, culturally competent, quality food and nutrition services. NDTRs are an integral part of healthcare and food service management teams. To become an NDTR the individual must meet the following criteria:

Education: Successfully complete all coursework (didactic and experiential) in the UMass Lowell Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics option bachelor degree program. Graduates must have earned at least 120 credits and have taken courses specific to the Dietetics option.

View the Degree Pathway in the catalog.

These courses utilize competency-based education assessed through coursework and experiential learning both off and on campus throughout the last two years of the academic career. A verification statement is issued to individuals who successfully complete the program, then students are eligible to take the CDR NDTR credentialing examination. Students who complete this program will not receive a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement and will not be eligible to apply to dietetic internships. However students are encouraged to apply to graduate coordinated programs, such as the program at UML.

Registration Examination: After completing the degree, including coursework and experiential learning, the graduate must pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to the CDR website.

Continuing Education: The NDTR must complete continuing professional educational requirements (50 hours of continuing education every five years) to maintain registration. The states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire do not require licensure of the NDTR. Some states do require licensure, be sure to check the state in which you will be practicing.

Program Outcomes: Program outcomes data are available upon request, please email marykate_keyes@uml.edu.

Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (NDTR) work independently or as a team member under the supervision of registered dietitians in a variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, community/public health, food service and research. Many work environments require that an individual be credentialed as a NDTR.

NDTRs work in:

  • Hospitals, HMOs, clinics, nursing homes, retirement centers, hospices, home health-care programs and research facilities helping to treat and prevent disease by conducting screens, gathering data and performing other tasks to assist the registered dietitian in providing medical nutrition therapy as an important part of health-care teams.
  • Schools, day-care centers, correctional facilities, restaurants, health-care facilities, corporations and hospitals, managing employees, purchasing and food preparation and preparing budgets within foodservice operations
  • Women, infant, children (WIC) programs, public health agencies, Meals on Wheels and community health programs, developing and teaching nutrition classes for the public.
  • Health clubs, weight management clinics and community wellness centers, helping to educate clients about the connection between food, fitness and health.
  • Food companies, contract food management companies or food vending and distributing operations developing menus, overseeing food service sanitation and food safety and preparing food labeling information and nutrient analysis.

Visit UMass Lowell's full time undergraduate tuition and fees section.

Additional annual fees for undergraduate Nutritional Science BS, Dietetics option students include,

  • Estimated books: $1,200
  • Estimated travel expenses for supervised practice (junior and senior year) $200
  • Estimated health insurance (if not already covered) $1,570
  • Any medical expenses incurred are the responsibility of the student.

Fees for drug testing and criminal background checks are paid for by the university. Uniforms do not need to be purchased.

Scholarship information will be shared by the Program Director and faculty when available.