Although there are no holistic nutrition training schools in Virginia, a certificate or degree program in nutrition or dietetics can give students a solid background in the science of human nutrition. Some Virginia schools offer bachelor's and master's degree programs in dietetics that have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Students who complete ACEND-accredited programs and at least 1,200 hours of supervised clinical internships are eligible to sit for the American Dietetic Association's Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) registration exam. Degree programs typically include internship opportunities.
Bridgewater College in Bridgewater has two options for those interested in nutrition training. The school offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nutritional Science and a minor in Nutrition and Wellness. The degree program includes 48 credits of coursework in nutrition and health topics, such as lifespan nutrition and wellness, community wellness and human biology; a practicum in family and consumer sciences is also included. An internship is required for graduation, but this internship doesn't qualify graduates to sit for the CDR dietitian registration exam.
George Mason University
Located in Fairfax, George Mason University offers nutrition certificate and degree programs. The 24-credit undergraduate nutrition certificate program includes courses in nutrition for health professionals, epidemiology and health and environment, as well as an elective in wellness or nutrition. Students in the graduate certificate program can expect to take 18 credits of courses in global nutrition, nutrition and weight management, nutritional assessment, epidemiology and health behavior theory. The 39-credit master's degree program requires students to complete a thesis or practicum, along with core nutrition courses and an elective.
James Madison University
James Madison University in Harrisonburg offers bachelor's and master's degree programs with a focus on dietetics. The bachelor's degree in dietetics includes coursework in chemistry, human physiology, nutrition, medical terminology and the science of food preparation. Students are required to complete a field experience and senior seminar in dietetics. Students who complete this ACEND-accredited program and 1,200 hours of clinical experience supervised by a registered dietitian are qualified to take the CDR registration exam.
The school also offers a 33-credit-hour MS in Health Sciences program with a nutrition and physical activity concentration. This program is designed for registered dietitians and for students with a bachelor's degree in nutrition or a related discipline. Thesis and non-thesis options are available. Additionally, the school offers an online health sciences master's program with a dietetics concentration for registered dietitians.
Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale offers an associate's degree program in hospitality management that allows students to choose a nutrition management concentration. This program provides instruction in menu planning, commercial food production, therapeutic nutrition and food preparation. This program is not a pathway to become a registered dietitian or certified nutritionist.
Located in Radford, Radford University offers an ACEND-accredited bachelor's degree program in nutrition and dietetics. The curriculum includes coursework in food science and preparation, human nutrition, community and cultural nutrition, nutrition assessment and medical nutrition. A clinical internship is not included. Students in this program have the opportunity to further their knowledge by joining the Radford University Dietetic Association.
University of Richmond
The University of Richmond offers a certificate program in nutrition and food science at its campus in Richmond. Topics covered include food labeling and analysis, menu planning, special diets and nutrition through the life cycle. Students must complete 32 hours of instruction and a nutrition or food science project to receive this certificate.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Located in Blacksburg, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also known as Virginia Tech, offers a BS in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise degree program with a dietetics option. This program provides courses in chemistry, foods and nutrition, biology, nutrition across the life span and metabolic nutrition. Virginia Tech also offers a 1,299-hour dietetics internship. The dietetics degree and internship programs are accredited by ACEND. The school also offers a science of food, nutrition and exercise option in its human nutrition, foods and exercise bachelor's program. This option doesn't have ACEND accreditation.
Virginia State University
Located in Petersburg, Virginia State University offers certificate and bachelor's degree programs in dietetics that are accredited by ACEND. The BS in Family and Consumer Sciences program with a dietetics concentration includes courses in nutritional biochemistry, advanced nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, meal management and food analysis. Students who have a bachelor's degree can enroll in the certificate program in nutrition and dietetics. This program qualifies students for the dietetics internship, which Virginia State University offers as well.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Bridgewater College||4-year, private not-for-profit; small suburb|| Minor in Nutrition and Wellness,
BS in Nutritional Science
|George Mason University||4-year, public; large suburb|| Undergraduate Nutrition Certificate,
Graduate Nutrition Certificate,
MS in Nutrition
| $12,462 in-state, $35,922 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
$15,138 in-state, $35,724 out-of-state (graduate)*
|James Madison University||4-year, public; small city|| BS in Dietetics,
MS in Health Sciences with Nutrition and Physical Activity Concentration,
Online MS in Health Sciences with Dietetics Concentration
| $12,016 in-state, $28,416 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
$11,640 in-state, $28,958 out-of-state (graduate)*
|Northern Virginia Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||AAS in Hospitality Management with Nutrition Management Specialization||$5,610 in-state, $11,618 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|Radford University||4-year, public; small city||BS in Nutrition and Dietetics||$11,210 in-state, $23,292 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|University of Richmond||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Nutrition and Food Science Certificate||$52,610 (undergraduate)*|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||4-year, public; small city||BS in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise with Dietetics Concentration or Science of Food, Nutrition, and Exercise Concentration||$13,620 in-state, $31,908 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
|Virginia State University||4-year, public; large suburb|| BS in Family and Consumer Sciences with Dietetics Concentration,
Certificate in Nutrition and Dietetics
|$9,056 in-state, $20,307 out-of-state (undergraduate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator