Nakamura Gakuen University

Nakamura Gakuen University



Faculty of Nutritional Sciences, Department of Nutritional Sciences

This Department trains registered dietitians who are equipped with advanced nutrition science knowledge and practical capabilities, who possess wide-ranging perspectives, high ethical standards, and a sense of missions, and who will lead the next generation of a healthy society in fields including health, medical care, and welfare.


1Top-class performance in passing the National Examination for Registered Dietitians

The number of students who passed the 36th National Examination for Registered Dietitians was 218, one of the highest showings in the nation. The Department maintains this capability through thorough guidance possible only at Nakamura, which boasts strength in obtaining qualifications.

Performance in passing the 36th National Examination for Registered Dietitians
2Acquisition of nutrition teacher’s and home economics teacher’s licenses

This is of the few Departments offering a curriculum that enables acquiring a junior high school/high school teacher’s license (home economics), as well as registered dietitian and nutrition teacher licenses. Students can also aim to become home economics teachers who promote food education through expertise in foods.

3Abundant opportunities to acquire practical skills at the Nutrition Clinic and Health Promotion Center

On campus are the Institute of Preventive and Medicinal Dietetics, which analyzes the relationship between food and health; the Health Promotion Center, which investigates and researches lifestyle-related diseases; the Animal Center, which researches pathophysiology; and the Nutrition Clinic, which provides guidance on nutrition to local residents.

4Subjects that touch on the basics of sports nutrition

The Department offers subjects related to sports nutrition. These include “Lifelong Sports Theory,” which teaches effective exercise skills for maintaining and improving health, and “Applied Nutrition Studies,” which teaches exercise and nutrition matched to life stages, letting students encounter the basics of sports nutrition. Students can learn more specialized theory and practice in “Seminar on Exercise Physiology.”

Employment and career support

Stages for active roles

  • Nutritional management in hospitals and welfare facilities
  • Health promotion support at health centers, municipal health centers, etc.
  • Quality control and R&D in food companies, the food service industry, etc.
  • Elementary and junior high school nutrition teachers
  • Junior high school/high school teachers (home economics)
  • Higher education/research (universities/junior colleges, public/private research institutes, etc.)
  • Advancement to higher education (graduate school, etc.)

Licenses and qualifications that can be earned

  • Dietitian’s License
  • Category 1 Junior High School Teacher’s License (Home Economics)
  • Qualification for candidacy for the National Examination for Registered Dietitians
  • Food Sanitation Supervisor Qualification (qualification for appointment)
  • Category 1 Nutrition Teacher’s License
  • Food Sanitation Inspector Qualification (qualification for appointment)
  • Category 1 High School Teacher’s License (Home Economics)

Educational objectives

The Department of Nutritional Sciences aims to train registered dietitians capable of contributing to health maintenance and improvement in subjects, prevention of onset and aggravation of illness, enhancement of quality of life, etc. In particular, it fosters human resources who are able to contribute to society through scientific viewpoints and thought, to help achieve appropriate nutritional condition and dietary habits matched to subjects.

Three policies

Admission Policy

The Division seeks persons who are equipped with knowledge, skills, capabilities, sense of purpose, and ambition as follows.

  1. Persons who possess high school graduation-level liberal arts knowledge, language skills, and basic scientific knowledge
  2. Persons who wish to contribute to society in the fields of foods, nutrition, and education
  3. Persons who possess robust intellectual curiosity, an interest in food preparation, and a desire to play active roles as food specialists
  4. Persons who understand the feelings of others, are rich in human qualities, and have a sense of ethics
  5. Persons who take active pains to acquire knowledge and skills
  6. Persons who possess communication skills, a spirit of continuous self-improvement, and the ability to demonstrate leadership

Curriculum Policy

The Department sets a curriculum that allows students to systematically study specialized education subjects consisting of “General Education Subjects,” “Basic Subjects,” and “Specialized Subjects,” as well as “General Seminar” and “Clinical Practice” that integrate these subjects. The Department also offers practical studies through introductory education, technical education for food preparation and development of foods, and unique programs that assume varied clinical situations.

Diploma Policy

The Department awards a Bachelor’s degree (Nutritional Sciences) to persons who are equipped with specialized knowledge and technical skills in nutritional sciences and communication capabilities, as well as practical leadership ability as persons supporting the improvement of dietary habits, promotion of health, and prevention of illnesses, and who, based on a sense of ethics and sense of mission as professionals, are able to contribute to society with high aspirations in the domains of health, medical care, welfare, long-term care, and education.