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Dietetics

Dietetics is an exciting health care profession! If you have an interest in food and nutrition this might be the career choice for you. Dietetics prepares you to become the food and nutrition expert.

Becoming a registered dietitian/nnutritionist is a three-step process:

  • Didactic Coursework
  • Supervised Practice
  • Pass the national registration examination


UConn has three Dietetics programs:

 

  • Didactic Program* (Department of Nutritional Sciences): This program is ACEND accredited and students complete the Didactic courses (DPD).  Students must complete an Accredited Dietetic Internship (A minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice in an accredited program) after program completion to be able to sit for the national registration examination).  This is considered a 5th year of education usually at an additional cost.  Programs are throughout the country.
  • Coordinated Program* - Undergraduate or Post-Baccalaureate (Department of Allied Health Sciences):  These programs are ACEND accredited and provide didactic coursework and 1200 hours plus of supervised practice. The programs are two academic years Plus a 6-week 6-credit externship.  After successful completion, graduates are eligible to sit for the national registration examination.
    • For the undergraduate program, students must be able tocomplete all prerequisite courses prior to the fall semester.  Students normally apply in January of the sophomore year.  It is a competitive application process.
    • For the Post-Baccalaureate Program, students may apply after completion of the DPD Program in the Department of Nutritional Sciences or if many of the DPD courses are complete. Students normally apply in January of the sophomore year.  It is a competitive application process.
  • Dietetic Intenship* - Post-Baccalaureate (Department of Allied Health Sciences):  This proram is ACEND accredited and provides students with 1200 hours plus of supervised practice.  The DICAS application in the spring semester is used.  It is a competitive application process. After successful completion, graduates are eligible to sit for the national registration examination.

The State of Connecticut has Certification of a dietitian/nutritionist.  Once registered, application is through the State Department of Public Health to become certified in the state

A description describing routes to becoming a dietitian may be found at the The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources website.   

Who is the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist?

  • Clinical dietitian in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities
  • Community dietitian working with food programs
  • Director of dietetics at hospital, nursing homes, and in schools
  • Working in wellness programs
  • Supermarket RDNs
  • Self-employed in private practice
  • Working with athletes
  • And much more!

 

* The University of Connecticut Didactic Program, Coordinated Program, and Dietetic Internship are currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, (800) 877-1600 extension 5400.

 

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Graduates go on to health professions and pursue advanced degrees such as physical therapy, physician's assistant, public health and others.

Dietetics Home Coordinated Program Post Baccalaureate Internship Contact

Department of Allied Health Sciences
College of Agricutlture and Natural Resources
358 Mansfield Road, Unit 1101
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1101
Telephone: (860) 486-2834
Fax: (860) 486-5375