Associate Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics

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About This Program

The Associate of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree at Southern Maine Community College provides introductory courses as a starting point for students interested in working in areas of nutrition care, dietary management, health, fitness, and wellness. The nutrition and dietetics degree consists of foundational courses in science, English, math, social sciences, humanities, dietetics, and nutrition. This degree is especially appropriate for individuals interested in transferring to a baccalaureate program in health or exercise science and for those who wish to pursue a professional degree as a Registered Dietician. Students pursuing a Nutrition and Dietetics degree may opt to complete a second major in Health Science or Culinary Arts. Acceptance into these programs is based upon application to the program and meeting minimum entrance criteria.

Additional Admissions Requirements

Please note that our Health Sciences programs have additional requirements. For more information, visit our Health Science Applicants webpage.

Your Degree Courses

SMCC offers an Associate in Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics requiring a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following courses are a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

  • Introduction to Dietetics Profession
  • Food and Beverage Purchasing
  • Principles of Food Preparation
  • Foodservice Sanitation
  • Health Care Delivery Systems
  • Nutrition Education and Counseling
  • Diet Seminar
  • Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Macro/Micro Economics
  • Biology with Lab
  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Normal Nutrition
  • Ethical Dilemmas
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Mathematics and Science electives

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

The program will prepare students with skills necessary to provide food and nutritional care for diverse individuals and groups in a variety of employment settings.

  • 80% of students will complete the program within five years.
  • 80% of graduates will receive a “satisfactory” rating on their competency attainment as identified by employers.
  • 80% of graduates seeking employment will report success in finding discipline-related employment within one year.
  • The program will enable students who desire advanced study to transfer coursework to other institutions and also motivate students to become lifelong learners.
  • 80% of graduates will evaluate their preparation as “satisfactory” or above on the competency-related statements from a graduate survey.
  • 80% of graduates will indicate they believe the program prepared them to assume the responsibilities of their current position as “satisfactory” or better.
  • Students who transfer to a four-year college in Maine will transfer 90% of their courses with a grade of C or better.
  • 80% of students will become members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or other professional nutrition or food service organization.

What skills will I have as a graduate of this program?

  • Use current technologies for information and communication.
  • Conduct nutrition screenings, assessments and interventions.
  • Apply principles of nutrition science for health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Participate in nutrition care of individuals across the lifespan and a diversity of people, cultures and religions.
  • Supervise production of food that meets nutrition guidelines, cost parameters and consumer acceptance.
  • Perform ethically in accordance with the values of the healthcare system

Estimated Degree Completion Time

64 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

Program Costs

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SMCC Graduates

92% of SMCC graduates gain employment or continue their education within 9 months of graduation