Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics

For students interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

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The major provides a foundation in nutrition, food science, medical nutrition therapy, health promotion and wellness. Completion of the Nutrition & Dietetics major curriculum meets meets the academic requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND). The 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).

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 nutrition & dietetics.

Nutrition & Dietetics professionals work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, supermarkets, private practice settings, eating disorder centers, with athletes, academia, research, health departments, business corporations, health clubs, and many other areas.

An individual who wishes to become a:

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) must complete the didactic coursework in dietetics (Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics), an accredited post-baccalaureate dietetic internship, and pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for RDNs. This credential enables the RDN to perform nutrition risk assessments and prescribe medical nutrition therapy to remediate or prevent disease.

Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) must complete the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics and then they can take the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for NDTRs. This credential enables a NDTR to work in partnership with the RDN to screen, evaluate and educate patients on topics related to nutrition.

Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM) can take the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers credentialing exam after completing the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics. This credential recognizes experts in managing dietary operations.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Being a student at the University of Cincinnati means that you get to enjoy the perks of a top research university with a unique urban campus with a diverse and vibrant student life experience.

The student life experience is enriched by the University of Cincinnati’s  over 600 student organizations.There is truly something for everyone here.

In the College of Allied Health Sciences, each major has at least one academic student organization. These organization’s allow students to get more engaged with the profession, attend conferences and get involved in the community.

Dietetics majors are able to join the following academic student organizations.  

Admissions Information for....

High School Students

Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a high school student (also applies to students who have yet to attend a college or university). 

Transfer Students

Students who have earned a high school diploma or GED and have attended a college or university other than the University of Cincinnati since earning their high school credentials are consdiered transfer students.

Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a transfer student. 

Transition Students

Students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate programs in other University of Cincinnati colleges (including UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont), but want to change their program (transition) to the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) are considered transition students.

Please visit Academic Advising for more information on applying to one of our programs as a transition student

The University of Cincinnati has a vareity of scholarship opportunitites: 

You can also visit UC's Financial Aid Office for additional questions about tuititon, loans, and other opportunities. 

The BS in Nutrition & Dietetics is a traditional 4-year degree and requires completion of 121 semester credit hours. This includes all coursework required to be eligible for a dietetic internship. Students will be able to choose programs in two areas: sports nutrition or clinical and community nutrition.

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.

Completion of coursework in either programs provides students with the didactic requirements necessary to apply for a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship. Upon completion of the BS in Nutrition & Dietetics and an accredited dietetic internship, students are required to pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a RDN. Many states require certification or license in order to practice as a RDN. While the national first time pass rate was 87% in 2016, the average first time pass rate for University of Cincinnati DPD graduates averaged 92% over the past five years.

Upon completion of the BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, graduates are eligible to take the national registration exam to become a nutrition and dietetics technician, registered (NDTR).

Program length:  The BS in Nutrition and Dietetics is a traditional four-year degree and requires completion of 121 semester credit hours.  This includes all coursework required to be eligible for a dietetic internship.

Placement rate in dietetic internships: The average national placement rate for students applying to dietetic internships in the last five years was approximately 50%. The placement rate for the DPD program who applied for dietetic internships in the last five years was 77%.

 

Accreditation


University of Cincinnati's didactic program in dietetics and coordinated program in dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800/877/1600 ext. 5400. http://www.eatright.org/ACEND

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Lindsey Mills, MS, RD, LD

Program Director, Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise & Nutrition Sciences

3202 Eden Ave | Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394

(513) 558-7506