Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

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Nutrition Sciences

Nutrition Sciences prepares students for the health care field with an evidence-based approach to nutrition and dietetics and medical nutrition therapy. Nutrition Sciences programs are student-focused with contact hours provided through lecture-based courses, laboratory courses, and field experiences supervised by registered dietitians/nutritionists. Summer and part-time work, or volunteer experiences in the profession, are encouraged to help bolster a competitive application for the dietetic internship. Nutrition and dietetics professionals have a unique knowledge of the science and art of nutrition. The blend of scientific knowledge and social and cultural factors influencing what people eat enables registered dietitians/nutritionists to assist individuals in health promotion, disease prevention, and disease management.

The number of students declaring a major in nutrition sciences has doubled each year for the past three years, and the number of those who are accepted for the dietetic internship has quadrupled since 2006.

Academic Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences prepares students with an interest in human nutrition to enter the health care field.

Undergraduate Program

The student-focused programs include contact hours provided through lecture-based courses, laboratory courses, and field experiences with practitioners. Summer and part-time work, or volunteer experiences, in the profession are encouraged to help bolster a competitive application for the dietetic internship. Concentrations are available in dietetics, and sports nutrition.

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Graduate Programs

Graduate degrees and assistantships are available through the Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences department. These opportunities include:

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Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

Students pursuing the registered dietitian/nutritionist credential need to complete the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND). Students can simultaneously fulfill the bachelor of science in nutrition sciences and the DPND requirements.

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Registered Dietitian

Students meeting the requirements established by the department will receive a B.S. in nutrition sciences. In order to become a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN), students must also:

  • Complete the DPND. This can be completed simultaneously with the bachelor’s in nutrition sciences.
  • Apply for, become accepted into, and complete an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) — Accredited Dietetic Internship.
  • Pass the national Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Dietetic Internship

The dietetic internship is designed to prepare interns to meet entry-level skills expected of the Registered Dietitian. Students wishing to enter this program must complete DPND requirements before applying. Those pursuing the Dietetic Internship must apply to the UNLV Graduate College if they are accepted to the internship.


Accreditation

The DPND received initial accreditation in 2005 and the Dietetic Internship received initial accreditation in 2009 from the Academy of Nutrition of Dietetics through the Commission on Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Contact information for ACEND:
Address: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: (312) 899-0040, extension 5400
E-mail: education@eatright.org
Website


Faculty/Staff

Laura J. Kruskall, Ph.D., RDN, CSSD, LD, FACSM

Associate Professor
Program Director, Nutrition Sciences
Director of Dietetic Internship
Office: BHS 330
Mail Code: 3026
Phone: 702-895-4985
Fax: 702-895-2616

Audrey Coffee

Administrative Assistant IV
Office: BHS 319
Mail Code: 3026
Phone: 702-895-4328
Fax: 702-895-2616

Molly M. Michelman, M.S., RDN, LD, CLC

Lecturer
Director of DPND
Office: BHS 328
Mail Code: 3026
Phone: 702-895-4478
Fax: 702-895-2616

Karen Spears, Ph.D., RDN, LD

Assistant Professor
Office: BHS 325
Phone: 702-895-1453
Fax: 702-895-2616

Contact

 Mailing Address

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Box 453026
Las Vegas, NV 89154-3026

 Phone

702-895-4328

 Fax

702-895-2616

 Email

nutrition.sciences@unlv.edu

 Campus Location

Bigelow Health Sciences (BHS), Room 319

 Office Hours

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday