BS IN DIETETICS
WHAT IS THE DIETETICS MAJOR?
The Dietetics major is the first step leading to the credential of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD or RDN). UD’s program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the credentialing agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Completion of a post-undergraduate accredited dietetic internship is the second step towards becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Students may apply to the University of Delaware’s Dietetic Internship or another accredited program.
WHY STUDY DIETETICS AT UD?
Graduates from our program applying to Dietetic Internship programs have a higher success rate than the national average. Additionally, 96.6% of UD Dietetics alumni pass the national Registration Examination for Dietitians on their first attempt.
Experiential opportunities in Dietetics at UD are available in and out of the classroom. Students may gain skills in nutrition education, counseling, management, resource development and research. Courses include hands-on labs and real world experiences in food service, community and simulated medical settings.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONISTS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists work in a wide variety of practice settings. RDs and RDNs work in:
- Health-care and medical settings such as hospitals and clinics as part of the interprofessional health-care team.
- Communities and public health to help Americans achieve and maintain good health; they may also advise government on population-wide initiatives to improve the health of the public.
- Hospital foodservice departments and/or run and manage kitchen staff and foodservice production in schools, nursing homes, restaurants, industrial plants, military bases, and other institutions.
- Private practice, operating their own consulting businesses. They may work with a variety of clients or focus on a specific group such as athletes, those with eating disorders, or children.
- Collaboration with private companies like supermarkets, food manufacturers or pharmaceutical industries.
- Media and communication, including television and print/web-based journalism like magazines.
- Universities and research areas, teaching students about nutrition or conducting research to answer important scientific, clinical and policy questions. Many Dietitians continue their education by going to graduate school for nutrition, public health or other allied advanced degrees.
ADMISSIONS TO DIETETICS
All students interested in the Dietetics major are initially enrolled as Applied Nutrition. To apply to the Dietetics major, students must meet the following requirements:
- Completion of 40 credits (12 of which must be at UD), including the following courses:
- NTDT 200 (Nutrition Concepts)
- NTDT 250 (Intro to the Nutrition Care Process)
- CHEM 101 and 102 (General Chemistry I and II)
- CHEM 213/215 (Organic Chemistry Lecture and Lab)
- BISC 205 (Biology for Health Sciences)
- GPA of 2.75 or higher
Students who do not meet admission requirements or do not wish to become an RD/RDN continue in Applied Nutrition.
To earn a Bachelor of Science degree, students must complete 120 credits and meet specific requirements, as outlined in the University of Delaware Catalog. Each semesters’ courses will vary, depending on the student’s background and academic preparation. The following plan is only one example: not every student will take every course in the same order. The average number of credits per semester ranges from 12 to 17. Winter and summer sessions can help lighten the loads of regular semesters.
Students in Dietetics take foundational sciences like biology, chemistry and physiology early in their academic career. In Junior and Senior year there is a greater focus on nutrition-specific courses including Nutritional Assessment, Nutrition Counseling, Medical Nutrition Therapy and Quantity Food Production. For more information regarding Dietetics major requirements and suggested course sequence, please see the Dietetic Checksheet below.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
How can you improve your chances of getting an internship? Maintain a high GPA and get involved through work, volunteer and community service opportunities. For more tips and suggestions for increasing the odds of being accepted to a Dietetic Internship program, check out the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ suggestions.