Bachelor of Science, Dietetics
The UAA Bachelor's of Science degree in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and is the first step to meeting the eligibility requirements to take the national registered dietitian nutritionist exam. The degree provides individuals with the didactic requirements needed to complete a Dietetic Internship and then be eligible to take the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam. To be successful in their field, RDNs 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.
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement, visit CDR's website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
Future Education Model
UAA has applied to reorganize our current DPD program to a Future Education Model Program to prepare Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered. Additionally the program will provide a solid foundation to apply to graduate programs in Dietetics and Nutrition including the UAA MS in Dietetics and Nutrition.
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (see www.eatrightpro.org/FutureModel).
These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice. UAA demonstrated its leadership in education by submitting an application to be part of the third cohort of programs to be accredited by ACEND under these new standards. The ACEND Board has approved our phase 1 application and will make a final accreditation decision on the program in the fall of 2020 after review of our phase 2 report.
If successful, following the phase 2 report review by the ACEND Board, we will begin implementing these new standards with the fall 2021 class.
The mission of the Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics is to guide the future of dietetics in Alaska by preparing students for supervised practice.