Explore the dietetics bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage
UAA’s nationally accredited Bachelor of Science in dietetics will help you fulfill
eligibility requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN)
Many states require dietitians and nutritionists to be licensed. In order to take the RDN exam, you must:
- earn your bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in dietetics;
- complete a dietetic internship; and
- sit for and pass the national Registered Dietitian Nutritionist exam.
Apply course credit toward dietetics degree program requirements from previous academic experience, and earn your bachelor’s degree faster.
Student advising for pre-majors and full dietetics majors
Work with dietetic program advisors to plan your personal program of study, arrange to take placement tests and fulfill other application and degree program requirements.
Did you know..
A dietetic internship, which is usually highly competitive, is the next step in qualifying to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist exam for professional licensure.
What can you do with a dietetics degree from UAA?
After graduation, UAA dietetics alumni typically complete a graduate-level dietetic
internship to gain additional hands-on training and fulfill requirements to take the
national Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam.
Dietetics graduate programs
- Graduate certificate in dietetic internship
- Master of Public Health
Registered dietitian nutritionists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, cafeterias and state and local government agencies. UAA dietetics alumni have built successful careers throughout Alaska and the U.S. with employers
Dietetics bachelor’s degree program highlights
As part of the UAA College of Health, you will have access to advanced technology and resources that enhance your education and support your career pathway to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.
- Engage with students and faculty. Even with online courses, the bachelor’s degree in dietetics program at the University of Alaska Anchorage offers small class sizes and student-centered faculty that allow you to build connections and relationships in and out of the classroom.
- Learn from dietetics program faculty who are highly productive and widely published. Their specialties include practice-based research, food security, food assistance systems in Alaska and nutritional genomics.
- Conduct undergraduate research. Dietetics program faculty actively help you lay the foundation for graduate-level research in master’s and doctoral degree programs and practice-based research in the health care profession. As a dietetics major, you can also develop independent research projects or join faculty research. For example, undergraduate students worked with Professor Walch to study how subsistence foods play a role in food security.
- Get on-the-job training in a local practicum placement. In select dietetics program courses, you can work with RDNs in their communities and earn credit toward degree program requirements.
Dietetics bachelor’s degree program curriculum
Combining the nutrition care process with counseling techniques, the University of
Alaska Anchorage’s Bachelor of Science in dietetics degree program prepares you to
work with diverse populations, including infants and children, adolescents and adults,
pregnant and nursing women and the elderly.
You will complete coursework that provides a strong foundation in science, food science, clinical and community nutrition, therapeutic nutrition, nutrition for the lifespan, counseling, communication and management.
Top classes for dietetics majors
- Research Methods in Nutrition and Dietetics
- Survey of Alaska Native Nutrition
- World Food Patterns