Bachelor of Science (BS) in Dietetics
About the Program
The major provides a foundation in nutrition, food science, medical nutrition therapy, health promotion and wellness. Completion of the Dietetic major curriculum meets the academic requirements for Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This option provides students with the didactic requirements necessary to apply for an accredited post-baccalaureate dietetic internship and ultimately become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
What is a RDN?
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, RDNs translate nutritional science into personalized nutrition plans for individuals of all ages. RDNs are qualified to provide medical nutrition therapy in hospitals, private practice or other health care facilities. A RDN may also work in community and public health settings, universities, food industry, research, fitness centers, corporate wellness centers, and a wide variety of other settings.
Within the major, students can choose to concentrate their studies in Sports Nutrition or Clinical and Community Nutrition according to their individual interests and career goals within the field of dietetics.
Concentration in Sports Nutrition: Specialized coursework in health science, exercise physiology, and kinesiology prepares students interested in a career as an RDN in the field of exercise and sports performance.
Concentration in Clinical and Community Nutrition: Coursework in public health in addition to clinical nutrition courses prepares students interested in a variety of careers as an RDN in healthcare facilities and community and public health settings.
Completion of coursework in either concentration provides students with the didactic requirements necessary to apply for a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship. Upon completion of the BS in Dietetics and an accredited dietetic internship, students are required to pass the national registration exam to become a RDN. While the national first time pass rate was 85% in 2012, the average first time pass rate for University of Cincinnati DPD graduates averaged 92% over the past five years.
Program length: The DPD program is a traditional 4-year degree and requires completion of 121 semester credit hours.
Placement rate in dietetic internships: The average national placement rate for students applying to dietetic internships in the last five years was approximately 46%. The placement rate for the DPD program who applied for dietetic internships in the last five years was 77%.
The DPD at UC is currently granted initial accreditation by ACEND. ACEND is located at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040 ext. 5400.