Registered Dietitians make life better through nutrition. They:
To become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.), you must:
Our graduates succeed:
UA’s School of Nutrition and Dietetics in the College of Health Professions offers three academic paths to earn a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics:
One of only four in Ohio, UA’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) enables students to complete a 1,200-hour supervised internship along with their regular academic work. Students are placed in a variety of supervised settings, including medical centers, long-term care facilities, school nutrition programs, health departments, and wellness centers. These students are then eligible to take the national Dietetics Registration Examination immediately after they graduate.
Students in the Didactic Program (DPD) must complete a dietetic internship after they graduate in order to be eligible to take the national Dietetic Registration Exam.
A postbaccalaureate option is available for students who already have an undergraduate degree and only need to complete a core of courses before applying to either a dietetic internship or the Coordinated Program in Dietetics.
This degree program addresses strong national demand for expertise in food and nutrition, employment needs of food manufacturers and related businesses, and the growing interest in sustainability and locally grown food resources. Students learn such vital skills as understanding the science of food production, developing and analyzing recipes, creating product information labels, and marketing recipes and food products using cutting edge information and technologies.
The Nutrition Center integrates nutrition education, training, services and research. As a result, UA students gain market-driven practice skills for the workplace — preparing them to meet emerging health care needs and changing demands of the profession.
The Coordinated and Didactic programs at The University of Akron are granted accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of The American Dietetic Association.
The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences has accredited UA’s nutrition/dietetics programs.
Completion of an internship is required before a student can take the national Dietetics Registration Examination.
Students in UA’s Coordinated Program complete their internship through supervised programs at more than 80 sites in Northeast Ohio, including:
Interact with other nutrition and dietetics students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:
Student Dietetic Association
Kappa Omicron Nu
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Career opportunities for Registered Dietitians are excellent. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, employment of dietitians is expected to grow because of increased emphasis on disease prevention, a growing and aging population, and public interest in nutrition.
Once you become a Registered/Licensed Dietitian, you can:
The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to: