Dietetics

Students study many fields in dietetics

Dietetics is a profession concerned with the science and practice of human nutritional care. A registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is an allied medical professional who puts into practice the science and art of food and nutrition in the service of people, individuals, families, and communities. In Ohio, a registered dietitian must also be a licensed dietitian (LD).

The RDN credential is required for most employment in the health care industry and preferred for many other careers in foods and nutrition. The credential is especially important when nutrition assessment and counseling is part of the job requirements.

The first step in becoming a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist is to complete a baccalaureate degree in an accredited dietetics curriculum. The Bluffton University program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL  60606-6995, 800-877-1600).

After graduation, as a dietetics student, you are eligible to apply for an accredited internship program. Following completion of this 10-12 month internship, you a eligible to take the national registration examination, which in Ohio is also the state licensure exam. Upon passing this exam, you are a registered and licensed dietitian.

The Bluffton University dietetics program has maintained a high success rate. 

    • 85% of our graduates have been placed in ADA internship positions within a year of graduation.
    • 95% of our graduates have passed the registration examination on their first attempt (100% on second attempt).

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