Pre-Nutrition Science (PNS)

Pre-Nutrition Science (PNS)

The Pre-Nutrition Science program prepares students for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in nutrition science, dietetics with emphasis on business or exercise, or other dietetics-related programs. Students who complete the Pre-Nutrition Science program earn an Associate of Science degree and are well prepared to enter a four-year degree program at various institutions in the region.

The Pre-Nutrition Science program includes 105 hours of directed practice. Students are also required to complete an additional 31 hours of professional meetings, food shows, and wellness and program support activities.

Course requirements and application of transfer credits to bachelor's degree programs vary, so students should work closely with their Cincinnati State academic advisor as well as the advisor at the institution where they intend to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Students who complete a bachelor’s degree program are required to complete an internship before they can take the credentialing exam given by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

For more information, please contact the Business Technologies Division at (513) 569-1620.

To apply for this program at Cincinnati State, visit the Admissions section of the College website.

Pre-Nutrition Science (PNS)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
BIO 151Anatomy and Physiology 1 324
DT 110Community Nutrition 223
DT 120Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle 303
DT 190Dietetic Professional Practices 101
ENG 101English Composition 1 303
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective  101
Semester 2  
BIO 152Anatomy and Physiology 2 324
DT 115Cooking for a Healthy Lifestyle 132
DT 125Nutrition Through the Lifecycle 303
CUL 115Food Service Sanitation 101
DT 135Sports Nutrition 303
Semester 3  
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology 303
ENG 10X English Composition Elective  303
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective 1  303
MAT 151College Algebra 324
Semester 4  
CHE 110Fundamentals of Chemistry 334
COMM 110Public Speaking 303
DT 205Cultural Food Production 063
MAT 131Statistics 1 223
Semester 5  
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective 2  303
XXX XXX Natural Science Elective  233
XXX XXX Social/Behavioral Science Elective  303
Total Credits:  522563


First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Success Strategies: Overview1
FYE 105College Success Strategies: Overview and Application2
FYE 110College Success Strategies: Practice and Application3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues3
ENG 103English Composition 2: Writing about Literature3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3
Arts/Humanities Electives
Any Ohio Transfer 36 course from ART, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, THE, or COMM 1303
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
Any Ohio Transfer 36 course from ECO, GEO, HST, LBR, POL, PSY, SOC3
Natural Science Elective
BIO 220Microbiology3
CHE 111Bio-Organic Chemistry4

Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number-- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

  • This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
  • The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.

Pre-Nutrition Science (PNS)

  • CNDT 1.1: Access data, references, patient education materials, consumer and other information from credible sources. 
  • CNDT 2.1: Adhere to current federal regulations and state statutes and rules, as applicable and in accordance with accreditation standards and the Scope of Dietetics Practice, Standards of Professional Practice and the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Dietetics.
  • CNDT 2.2: Use clear and effective oral and written communication.
  • CNDT 2.3: Prepare and deliver sound food and nutrition presentations to a target audience.
  • CNDT 2.4: Demonstrate active participation, teamwork and contributions in group settings.
  • CNDT 2.7: Participate in professional and community organizations.
  • CNDT 2.12: Participate in advocacy on local, state or national legislative and regulatory issues or policies impacting the nutrition and dietetics profession.
  • CNDT 3.2: Perform specific activities of the Nutrition Care Process as assigned by registered dietitian nutritionists in accordance with the Scope of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice for individuals, groups and populations in a variety of settings.
  • CNDT 3.3: Provide nutrition and lifestyle education to well populations. 
  • CNDT 3.5: Develop nutrition education materials for disease prevention and health improvement that are culturally and age appropriate and designed for the educational level of the audience.


Program Chair/Advisor

Candice Jones, M.Ed., RD, LD, CDE, FAND

Business Division Advising

(513) 569-1620