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Nutrition and Dietetics

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Dietetics is the high-tech science of applying food and nutrition to health. It is a vital, growing field open to creativity and opportunity. A Bachelor of Science in dietetics, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), is designed to prepare students to apply for a supervised practice experience (dietetic internship) and ultimately sit for the national registration exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Courses in the basic and behavioral sciences prepare students to apply the science of nutrition for the promotion of health and prevention of disease. Throughout the program, students get hands-on experience in community nutrition and foodservice production and learn the science behind medical nutrition therapy.

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Nutrition & Dietetics B.S.    Nutrition & Exercise Science M.S./Ph.D.    Online Dietetics M.S.    Nutrition & Dietetics Internship    Nutrition Minor

A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a nutrition counselor who can provide medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education as well as foodservice operations. The possible employment settings for an RDN are numerous and include hospitals, health promotion programs, nursing homes, public health agencies, industries, schools, universities, the armed services, and state, national and international organizations. RDNs may also be involved in sports nutrition and corporate wellness or research. The opportunities for entrepreneurship as an RDN are extensive as well. A Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) has completed dietetics coursework and must pass a national registration exam. These individuals generally work in foodservice operations, healthcare, and emerging wellness education areas. (reference

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Career Opportunities

  • Clinical dietitian
  • Community dietitian
  • Health educator
  • Management dietitian
  • Independent consultant

Recent Employers

  • Avera Health
  • Sanford Health
  • South Dakota State Extension
  • Veterans Affairs Hospital