About Dietetics

DIETETICS
DIDACTIC PROGRAM IN DIETETICS

The Didactic Program in Dietetics provides the knowledge and skills required for students who want to pursue a dietetic internship resulting in the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential. Course requirements are designed to meet ACEND accreditation requirements. 

Steps to Becoming a Registered Dietitian and Licensure Law
To become a Registered Dietitian (RD), you must earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or complete requirements for an accredited dietetics program (resulting in a DPD verification statement); complete an ACEND-accredited post-baccalaureate dietetic internship (including a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice); and pass the CDR credentialing exam for registered dietitians. Licensure for the RD may also be required depending on the state of practice. Those seeking to become employed as a registered dietitian should check state regulations prior to beginning practice. 

Careers

Dietetics is a diverse field, with practitioners employed in a variety of settings.  The primary areas of practice include clinical dietetics, community nutrition, nutrition and foodservice management, and education and research.  Current information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates growth in all areas of nutrition and dietetics.  The Workforce Demand Study completed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration indicates an increase in need for credentialed Registered Dietitians from 2010-2020.  The report projects an annual increase in demand for all dietetics services.  The Didactic Program in Dietetics is specifically designed to not only meet accreditation requirements, but the knowledge and skills incorporated into the program meet the needs of the workforce.

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical dietitian in hospital or other health care facility
  • Consultant dietitian
  • Community dietitian with the Women, Infants
    and Children Program
  • Public health dietitian
  • Dietetics educator
  • Researcher with food or pharmaceutical companies
    or university
  • Sports nutritionist for college and professional teams
  • Corporate wellness dietitian
  • Cooperative extension agent
  • Public relations and marketing in food and nutrition related
    businesses
  • Product development in food and nutrition-related
    businesses
  • Food service director in a hospital, school district,
    day care, etc.
  • Caterer
  • Food buyer or distributor
  • Food and drug inspector

Occupational Profile