At a Glance
Years in School (after high school graduation):
4 or more
$18.08-$45.91 (Mean: $31.91)
*based on 2016 Alaska DOL
One-page Description (PDF):
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.
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.
As of fall 2018 the University of Alaska Anchorage offers both BS and MS degrees in dietetics, as well as a minor in nutrition. The program is accredited by ACEND. For more information, contact:
University of Alaska Anchorage
School of Allied Health
Dietetics and Nutrition Program
Professor Carrie King
Phone: (907) 786-6597
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