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What You Will Learn
The program emphasizes applying nutrition knowledge to human health in healthcare settings. Coursework includes a strong preparation for health fields with science courses including biochemistry, physiology, biology, and anatomy. The program also requires a pre-professional experience of job shadowing an experienced health professional.
This degree program prepares individuals for several health professional programs, including most physician assistant programs, schools of physical and occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, nursing schools, and other health professions.
The OSU Distinction
The program prides itself on available faculty mentors with clinical and health-care experience. Opportunities to conduct community and laboratory research under the guidance of highly qualified faculty are also available.
The Nutritional Sciences Club is a departmental club which assists students in getting a start in their profession. Club members develop professional and social competencies, establish networks, and provide services to the department, campus, and community.
The program requires a pre-professional experience of job shadowing an experienced health professional.
- Nate Foreman, President at Foreman Therapy Services, LLC (Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX)
- Whitney Ferguson, Physician Assistant at Jenks Family Physicians (Jenks, OK)
- Kelsey Hembree, Nurse at Mercy Hospital (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Laura Hogsett, Surgery Nurse at Integris Baptist Hospital (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Lora Horton, Registered Nurse at St. John's Medical Center (Tulsa, OK)
- Emily Key, Occupational Therapist at Absentee Shawnee Tribe (Norman, OK)
- Megan Lee, Physical Therapist at New England Pediatric Care (North Billerica, MA)
- Dr. Sara Madden, Optometrist at Glenpool Eye Care (Glenpool, OK)
- Linzie Roberts, Pharmacist at two independent pharmacies (Edmond, OK)
- Rachael Rodich, Physician Assistant at Utica Park Clinic (Tulsa, OK)
- Andrea Root, Family Nurse Practitioner at Mercy Hospital (El Reno, OK)
- Taylor Sharp, Nurse at OU Children's Hospital (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Taryn Smith, Physician Assistant at Mercy Hospital (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Ashton Want, Certified Physician Assistant at Orthopedic Associates of Dallas (Dallas, TX)
The department's Human Assessment Lab is devoted to clinical studies of human subjects. Equipment is available for body composition analysis, bone density testing, anthropometrics assessment, diet analysis, and subject interviewing.
The department's Laboratory for Applied Nutrition and Exercise Science (LANES) is devoted to examining how nutrition and exercise modify human health. Equipment is available for assessing body composition, metabolic markers (glucose, lipids, A1c), resting energy expenditure, muscle strength/function, aerobic fitness capacity (VO2max) on a treadmill and cycle ergometer, and vascular function using Doppler ultrasound.
While there are no national rankings available for this degree program, among individuals seeking admission to professional programs (chiropractic, PA, PT, OT, pharmacy, and nursing school), 85% were admitted on their initial round of applications.