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.
During the spring 2017 semester, Morgan Campbell '18 developed low-cost recipes using easy-to-find ingredients.
“Cooking healthy can seem expensive and people are shying away from cooking at home,
but they’re spending a lot of money on fast food. I’m letting people know you can
cook fast at home. It doesn’t have to take one hour or two hours. You can spend 15
minutes putting it together and have it done and ready to be served.”
>>> Morgan's story
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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