There are several nutrition degrees available online -- bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and nutrition certificates. No matter which program you choose, look for an online course that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics or another accrediting body that is accepted by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Accreditation ensures that the program is acceptable to future employers.
Online bachelor's degrees in nutrition can be obtained through Kaplan University and Arizona State University. Online nutrition certificates can be earned from Brandman University, Ashworth College and Penn Foster. Several schools offer online master's degrees in nutrition, such as Liberty University, Arizona State University, University of the Southwest, Saybrook University and Northeastern University. As with any schools, aspiring nutritionists have to apply to the program, be accepted and complete all required coursework to earn their online degree. Online nutrition programs include courses such as food science, clinical nutrition, biology, anatomy and dietetics.
Before choosing a program, research your state's requirements for your desired career. Each state has different requirements for registered nutritionists and dietitians. While one state may accept a nutrition certificate, another may require a bachelor's degree, an examination and an internship before permitting someone to practice as a registered nutritionist. However, a certificate may be sufficient for a job such as caretaker.