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Nutrition Department

Our nutrition program prepares you for careers in clinical dietetics, nutrition counseling, community health, food service management, fitness and wellness and related areas.

Prepare for a Career in Nutrition & Dietetics

Learn how to help people use food and nutrition to promote health and well-being, as well as manage disease and optimize quality of life.

Our program provides you with a strong foundation in sciences, technology and information literacy. It includes many of the science courses required by most medical programs. By completing additional course work you can combine this major with a pre-medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapist, physician’s assistant or pre-pharmacy program.

Located in a small city surrounded by Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, there are numerous locations within walking distance for experiential learning opportunities.

The Nutrition Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), which is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) accreditation agency. This means that our graduates are qualified to take the nationwide registration examination for dietetic technicians, or to apply for dietetic internships, which is the next step in becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Nutrition Program Information

  • Experiential Learning

    The nutrition program at SUNY Plattsburgh promotes learning in a variety of ways. Besides the traditional class room and discussion based teachings, we promote opportunities where you can integrate academic learning in a professional nutrition practice setting. We offer access to a modern food laboratory, as well as individualized field experiences in clinical nutrition, health promotion and public health programs, food service management, and food production settings.

    Unique to Plattsburgh is our location, with many service learning options within walking distance of campus including schools, hospital, nursing homes, and county government programs such as health department and home delivered meals program.

    We also offer an elective two credit clinical nutrition class at our local hospital, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, which is affiliated with the University of Vermont Health Network. It is taught by a clinical staff RD and will expose you to a variety of health care professionals, patient interactions and medical nutrition therapy delivery. Typically, there may also be relevant work opportunities in food production and fitness on campus.

    With each student being unique, so is the experiential learning component. You may choose to volunteer or structure your internships for credit. Regardless, experiential learning activities help you improve their critical thinking skills and application of knowledge.

    Sites in the past have included Health Department programs, Cornell Co-Operative Extension, Meals on Wheels, City/ Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department, local food shelves, local farms and brewery, nursing homes, health care clinics, school breakfast and lunch programs and more.

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