Dietitian

At a Glance

Years in School (after high school graduation):

4 or more

Hourly Wage:

$28.73-$32.31 (Mean:$30.52)

One-page Description (PDF):

Dietitian

Professional Activities

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) provide nutritional advice and training to individuals and groups. They promote sound nutritional practices to improve health and treat disease. RDNs may specialize in administration, clinical therapeutics, education, community nutrition, and research.

In rural Alaska, most dietitians have some clinical, administrative, and educational responsibilities. Many work in hospitals where they manage the food service and provide consultation to physicians and patients on the special nutritional needs of patients. Others work for regional health corporations or governmental agencies and develop educational plans to improve the nutritional habits of the community, especially schoolchildren.

In Alaska, dietitians work in hospitals, tribal health organizations, school districts, clinics, health clubs, private practices, nursing homes, WIC offices, and public health departments.

Educational Requirements

Individuals considering a career in dietetics should have an interest in food, including food preparation, food science, agricultural science, education, and food-related health issues.

  • Graduation from high school with coursework in math, science, and English.
  • Completion of a four-year Bachelor’s degree in dietetics or nutrition in a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • Students then complete a six to twelve month clinical, food service and community nutrition internship program in dietetics accredited by ACEND. This internship prepares them to take the national registration exam.
  • Some students enter a coordinated program that combines a four-year Bachelor’s degree with the internship.
  • Some students combine the internship with graduate school. These programs are generally at least 18 months in length and lead to a Master’s degree.
  • A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is an individual who has met the education and experience requirements of ACEND and has passed a registration exam.

Academic Programs

The University of Alaska Anchorage has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. This degree is an ACEND-accredited program and prepares students to complete the Dietetic Internship and then take the National RD exam. The program has limited enrollments with a competitive application progress. For more information, contact:

University of Alaska Anchorage
School of Allied Health
Dietetics and Nutrition Program
Phone: (907) 786-1276
Email: dn@uaa.alaska.edu
Website: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/alliedhealth/academics/dieteticsandnutrition/bachelorofscience.cfm

The UAA Dietetic Internship prepares pre-professionals for eligibility to take the National Registered Dietitian exam. The UAA Dietetic Internship offers unique experiences through its concentration in “Alaska Native Culture and the Alaska Healthcare Delivery System.” For more information, contact:

University of Alaska Anchorage Dietetic Internship
Amanda Walch
Phone: (907) 786-1362
Email: akwalch@uaa.alaska.edu
Website: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/alliedhealth/academics/dieteticsandnutrition/internship.cfm

Contacts

State Contact:

The Alaska Dietetic Association
PO Box 241351
Anchorage, AK 99524
Email: AKDA@EatRightAK.org
Website: http://www.eatrightak.org/

National Contact:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 899-0040, extension 5400
Email: education@eatright.org
Website: http://www.eatright.org

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