Nutrition and Dietetics
What is Nutrition and Dietetics?
Dietetics is a profession firmly based in the biological and behavioral sciences. The major provides a foundation in human nutrition, food science, medical nutrition therapy, health promotion, and wellness. Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics curriculum meets the academic requirements for the 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 (AND). This option provides students with the didactic requirements necessary to appy for an accredited post-baccalaureate dietetic internship and ultimately become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
For a complete description of the DPD Program’s mission, goals, and objectives, visit our Undergraduate Program.
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 accredited dietetic internship. Upon completion of the BS in 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 licensure in order to practice as a RDN. While the average 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.
Program length: The BS in 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.
Placement rate in dietetic internships: The average national placement rate for students applying to dietetic internships is approximately 50%. The placement rate for DPD Program graduates who applied for dietetic internships in the past five years was 77%.
Program outcome data is available upon request.
Please visit the department website for program costs, financial aid, and scholarship information.
The University of Cincinnati has established academic success criteria for first-year applicants to bachelor's degree programs. UC admits students based on academic and non-academic factors and all students are encouraged to apply. For more information about first-year student admission requirements, please visit the UC Admission Requirements website.
Attributes that contribute to success in this major include strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent math comprehension and critical thinking skills, ability to interact well with a diverse population, enjoyment of helping others, and commitment to lifelong learning.
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 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 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 Dietetics. This credential recognizes experts in managing dietary operations.
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The program has an active student organization for undergraduate students called the Student Dietetic Association (SDA). The purpose of the SDA is to provide students interested in dietetics, food, and nutrition with opportunities to serve the community, develop relationships with other students who have similar interests, and increase student knowledge of food and nutrition career options.
Program Completion Requirements
To remain in the program, students must:
- Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA with no less than C- in any nutrition course,
- Adhere to policies and procedures, and
- Conduct themselves in a professional manner, adhering to the Student Code of Conduct.
To complete the program, students must:
- Complete all didactic course requirements,
- Complete all general education and elective requirements pertaining to the major,
- Have a minimum 2.5 GPA in the major,
- Complete a Professional Capstone Portfolio, and
- Have no outstanding financial or other program obligations.
Students transferring from another college or university or transitioning from another major must have a GPA of at least of 3.0 in all previous college work and have completed a one semester general chemistry course sequence (CHEM1030) with lab (CHEM1030L). Students must have earned a C- or higher in all college level science courses.
A 3.0 GPA is required to transfer into the Dietetics program.
View application deadlines on the UC Admission's page.
The 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.