The Dietetics major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. The program combines theory in the classroom with supervised practice in clinical dietetics, community nutrition, and food service sites off campus to prepare students to sit for the National Registration Examination for Dietetics and earn the credential of Registered Dietitian. In 2024, entrance into the profession will be at the Master’s level. A minimum of a Master’s degree must be earned to sit for the national examination. Dietitians assess nutritional needs, plan individualized dietary plans, provide counseling and evaluate nutritional care for individuals and groups.
The Dietetics major is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6695, (800) 877-1600. Students in the Dietetics Coordinated Program will graduate in May of their senior year, but must also complete a 6 credit externship immediately thereafter in order to receive a verification statement certifying that all coursework and supervised practice requirements have been completed. This statement qualifies the student to sit for the national registration examination, which they must pass in order to become a Registered Dietitian. The externship entails 6 weeks (40 hours/week) of intensive supervised practice experiences. Students will register for the externship as a non-degree student and will incur an additional expense.
The course requirements listed below may also be used to satisfy the University’s General Education requirements.
Mathematics and Science Courses
One 1000-level or higher course in either psychology or sociology.
Writing in the Major
Competencies will be met through successful completion of program major courses.
The Dietetic Internship is a certificate program administered by the Department of Allied Health Sciences’ Dietetics major in collaboration with Hartford Hospital. The internship provides the student with the performance requirements for entry-level dietitians through a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice. The Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6695, (800) 877-1600. Students enrolled in this program are required to take six credits of didactic coursework at the graduate level to ensure competency. Upon completion of the Dietetic Internship, the student is eligible to take the National Registration Examination for Dietetics administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students must pass this examination in order to be a Registered Dietitian. In 2024, entrance into the profession will be at the Master’s level. A minimum of a Master’s degree must be earned to sit for the national examination. For information about the graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, see Gainful Employment Information on the Department of Allied Health Sciences website.
For information about admission, supplemental academic standards, and clinical placement requirements, see Allied Health Sciences Professional Majors.