The Bachelor of Science in dietetics provides students with the didactic requirements needed to complete a dietetic internship and then be eligible to take the registered dietitian (RD) exam. The program aims to guide the future of dietetics in Alaska by preparing students for supervised practice. To be successful in their field, registered dietitians need a strong science foundation along with courses in management, clinical and community nutrition, food science, communication, counseling, therapeutic nutrition, and nutrition for the lifespan.
The Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Dietetics & Nutrition Division seeks to meet the growing needs of the dietetics industry by training entry-level registered dietitians.
The Bachelor of Science in dietetics provides the first step to meeting the eligibility requirements to take the national registered dietitian (RD) exam. Registered dietitians are health care professionals who provide medical nutrition therapy and consultative service in health care and wellness settings.
The degree has been designed in accordance with the 2008 Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
In order to complete the eligibility requirements for the RD exam, students must complete the coursework for a bachelor’s degree in a program accredited by ACEND in addition to completing a 1200 hour ACEND-accredited dietetic internship. There is a competitive application process for admission to the Bachelor of Science in dietetics.
The dietetics degree is a statewide program. The general education and prerequisite courses can be taken at UA campuses around the state. All dietetics and nutrition (DN) courses are offered online. Most are exclusively online. Most DN courses are offered one to two times per year. Please see the DN Course Rotation handout for more information.
All students begin the program as a pre-dietetics major while completing approximately the first two years of coursework. Please see the UAA Catalog for admission requirements for the pre-dietetics and dietetics majors.
For more information or advising for the dietetics degree, please call 907.786.1276 or email.
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