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What You Will Learn
The Dietetics program is the only degree program that includes the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework required to apply for competitive dietetic internships (DI). You will take courses that integrate human nutrition, food service administration, food science, chemistry, physiology, and management.
Once you successfully complete the academic requirements (DPD) and a supervised practice component (DI), you are eligible to sit for the national Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Individuals who successfully pass the examination become Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists and are entitled to use the initials "RD" or "RDN" to signify professional competence. Many states, including Oklahoma, also require a license to practice dietetics in the state.
This degree program prepares individuals for careers as Registered Dietitians, as well as other dietetics and dietetics-related professions.
Career opportunities for a registered/licensed dietitian include: health care dietitian and administrator, nutrition researcher, fitness/ wellness consultant, public health nutritionist, school nutrition director, Cooperative Extension educator, entrepreneur in dietetic programs and services, and corporate dietitian/nutritionist.
Graduates who do not enter dietetic internships may: work in related fields which do not require the RD credential such as school food service, Cooperative Extension, pharmaceutical or food sales, food service management, and government programs; take the certified dietary manager (CDM) exam; or enter a related graduate program such as a master’s degree program in public health.
Upon earning the DPD "verification statement," students may take the Commission on Dietetic Registration exam to become dietetic technicians, registered (DTR).
The OSU Distinction
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and the Dietetic Internship (DI) at OSU are both currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Chicago, IL).
The Nutritional Sciences Club is a departmental club which assists students in getting a start in their profession. Club members develop professional and social competencies, establish networks, and provide services to the department, campus, and community.
The program requires a pre-professional experience of job shadowing an experienced dietetics professional.
- Kim Bandelier, Therapuetic Nutrition Specialist at Abbott Nutrition (Austin, TX)
- Lauren Bradley, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Specialist - Union Public Schools (Tulsa, OK)
- Amy Branham, SNAP-Ed Multilevel Specialist - University of Massachusetts (Boston, MA)
- Melissa Church, Registered Dietitian - Chickasaw Nation Nutrition Services (Purcell, OK)
- Monica Davis, Registered Dietitian - Oklahoma Cancer Specalist and Research Institute (Tulsa, OK)
- Colony Fugate, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics - Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (Tulsa, OK)
- Emily Kennedy, Registered Dietitian - Portland VA Medical Center (Portland, OR)
- Riley Larson, Registered Dietitian - Women, Infants and Children program (Minneapolis, MN)
- Jackie Nickel, Registered Dietitian - Indian Health Care Resource Center (Tulsa, OK)
- Josh Nooner, Registered Dietitian - Sac and Fox Nation (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Megan Parks, Registered Dietitian - It's All About Kids program at the Tulsa Health Department (Tulsa, OK)
- Bradyn Powell, Registered Dietitian & Nutrition Education Specialist - Union Public Schools (Tulsa, OK)
- Anna Sartin, Registered Dietitian & Manager of Nutrition Operations at the American Heart Association (Killeen, TX)
- Kaitlin Scepanski, Renal Dietitian at Fresenius Medical Care North America (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Shelby Shelley, Registered Dietitian - Scenic Mountain Medical Center (Big Springs, TX)
- Deborah Taylor, Registered Dietitian & Director of School Nutrition Services - Shawnee Public Schools (Shawnee, OK)
The department's Laboratory for Applied Nutrition and Exercise Science (LANES) is devoted to examining the interaction between human nutrition and exercise. Equipment is available for assessing metabolic rate (VO2 max), exercise capacity (treadmill and cycling ergometer), and vascular functioning (flow-mediated dilation test).
While there are no national rankings available for this area of study, among those who entered the matching process for a Dietetic Internship, over 80% were matched.