Although holistic nutrition programs are not commonly found in Idaho, prospective students interested in pursuing a degree program in the related fields of nutrition and dietetics have several options. Three schools in Idaho offer nutrition and dietetics programs that lead to an associate's or bachelor's degree; one school offers a pre-professional training program. Lab work and other practicum requirements might apply; baccalaureate students might have the opportunity to intern.
The four school profiles below include program overviews and information about tuition and fees.
Boise State University
Established in 1932, Boise State University (BSU) is located about 1.5 miles from the state capital building in downtown Boise. The school offers a pre-dietetics program that serves as preparatory training for professional bachelor's degree programs in dietetics. The curriculum includes coursework in human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, applied statistics, college algebra, microbiology and chemistry. Electives are included as well.
Idaho State University
Idaho State University (ISU) is a 4-year, public school that offers a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics at its main campus in Pocatello. The dietetics program, administered through ISU's Department of Health Sciences, was established in 1974 and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The first two years of the program consist of pre-dietetics coursework in the sciences, followed by two years of lecture and lab experiences in meal management nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, food service systems management and nutritional biochemistry. Upon successful completion, graduates are eligible to apply for a dietetics internship that provides guided work experience and prepares them for the
North Idaho College
North Idaho College (NIC) is a 2-year, public community college located in Coeur d'Alene. NIC offers an Associate of Science in Pre-Nutrition, and credits from this program can be transferred to the food and nutrition bachelor's degree program at the University of Idaho. In addition to general education requirements, students take courses in human anatomy and physiology (with cadaver study), microbiology, chemistry, statistics, psychology, algebra and carbon compounds. There is also an introductory foods lab.
University of Idaho
The University of Idaho is located in the pristine setting of Moscow, Idaho. The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition with two options. The focus in dietetics teaches students about the relationship of vitamins and minerals to the body's biochemical processes. Students get hands-on work experience and are required to complete a practicum in dietetics. Graduates of this program are prepared to take the Registered Dietician exam and have a success rate that surpasses the national average.
Students that pursue the nutrition option learn how food is used by the body, including the role that vitamins and minerals play in human health. Internship opportunities are available in child care facilities and health departments.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Nutrition Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Boise State University||4-year, public; midsize city||Pre-Dietetics Program|| $7,694 in-state*
|Idaho State University||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Dietetics|| $7,420 in-state*
|North Idaho College||2-year, public; small city||Associate of Science in Pre-Nutrition|| $3,396 in-district*
|University of Idaho||4-year, public; fringe rural||Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition: Coordinated Program in Dietetics or Nutrition Option|| $7,864 in-state*
Source: *NCES College Navigator