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.

Academic Programs

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

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Undergraduate Programs

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:

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.

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 and Dietetic Internship are accredited though the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition of Dietetics. The DPND is accredited through June 30, 2013 and the Dietetic Internship is accredited through June 30, 2019.

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

Student Association

The Student Nutrition and Dietetic Association (SNDA) provides its members with leadership, networking, and volunteer opportunities while raising awareness about nutrition and physical activity.

Faculty/Staff

Laura J. Kruskall, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD, FACSM, FAND

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

Audrey Coffee

Administrative Assistant IV
Audrey Coffee
Office: BHS 323
Mail Code: 3026
Phone: 702-895-4328
Fax: 702-895-2616

Arpita Basu, Ph.D., RD/LD

Associate Professor
Arpita Basu
Office: BHS 340
Mail Code: 3034
Phone: 702-895-4576
Fax: 702-895-1500

Samantha Coogan, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD

Director, Didactic Program in Nutrition & Dietetics
Samantha Coogan
Office: BHS 327
Mail Code: 3026
Phone: 702-895-4478
Fax: 702-895-2616

Kelly Webber, Ph.D., RD/LD

Visiting Associate Professor in Residence
Kelly Webber
Office: BHS 332
Mail Code: 3034
Phone: 702-895-3289
Fax: 702-895-1500

Contact

 Mailing Address

Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Box 453034
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89154-3034

 Phone

  • 702-895-0996

 Fax

  • 702-895-1500

 Campus Location

 Office Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.