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Oklahoma State University

Dietetics

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are qualified to practice nutrition counseling, community education, and medical
nutrition therapy. Dietitians apply up-to-date scientific research, culinary skills, and management principles in schools, hospitals,
clinics, industry, and government agencies. These professionals perform many roles to help individuals manage health outcomes
through improved nutrition and can specialize in a unique emphasis area. Dietitians complete an undergraduate science-focused
degree, participate in a post-graduate 1,200-hour internship, pass the RDN exam, and will be required to complete a masters
degree starting in 2024 to gain licensure as a RDN. The job market for dietitians in the United States is expected to grow 15
percent from 2016-2026. (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nationally accredited program through ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
  • Focused science sequence in chemistry, physiology, metabolism, and microbiology
  • Pre-professional experience component with an emphasis on shadowing
  • Community and laboratory undergraduate research opportunities with highly qualified faculty
  • Highly successful program with 100% RDN exam pass rate (2017)
  • Acceptance of OSU students into dietetic internships surpasses national average (85% vs. 50%)
  • Early selection eligibility for OSU’s combined master’s degree and dietetic internship program

ACCREDITATION STATUS

Both the OSU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and the OSU Dietetic Internship Program (postgraduate) are currently granted Continuing Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 899-0040 x 5400.

AFTER BACHELOR’S DEGREE

The undergraduate program prepares students to apply for competitive post-graduate dietetic internships (DI). ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internships include 1200 hours of supervised practice in clinical, management, and community settings. A DI may or may not require graduate studies. After completing a DI and passing the national registration exam, RDNs may practice as credentialed professionals and are able to provide patient care. Graduates who do not complete the DI may pursue jobs in food and nutrition which do not require the RDN credential and/or take the Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) Exam.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Health Care

  • Hospitals & outpatient clinics
  • Long-term care & rehabilitation
  • Disease management
  • Private consulting

Management 

  • Quantity foodservice operations
  • Food distribution & purchasing
  • Quality assurance & food safety
  • Human resources & finance

Community 

  • Nutrition & health education
  • Food assistance programs
  • Corporate wellness
  • Extension education

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