Bachelor of Science, Dietetics
The UAA Bachelor 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), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, (800) 877-1600.
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.