Applied Nutrition - Dietetics
About the Program
One of three concentrations in the Applied Nutrition program, dietetics graduates receive a bachelor of science. The applied nutrition program with a dietetics concentration is for those interested in dietetics, nutrition counseling, public health nutrition, community nutrition, wellness, food, and food service management careers. The program (dietetics concentration) is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) (formerly Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) [formerly American Dietetic Association (ADA)], 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312.899.0040 extension 5400. Completing the dietetics concentration of the applied nutrition program qualifies you to sit for the examination to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) examination offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for AND/ADA, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312.899.0040 extension 5500. Completion of the dietetics concentration is also the first step to becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). To become a RD/RDN, you must complete a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and course work approved/accredited by ACEND, followed by a ACEND-accredited supervised practice program, which typically lasts 9-24 months, at a health-care facility, community agency and/or a food service corporation (may be combined with undergraduate or graduate studies at a college or university). Finally, you must pass a national examination administered by CDR. More information about the field of dietetics, AND/ADA, ACEND, and CDR can be found at http://www.eatright.org.
Note. Admission to post-graduation dietetics supervised practice or graduate programs can be very competitive, with most programs requiring a minimum accumulative GPA of 3.25 or better. Completing the graduation requirements of Ohio University and the applied nutrition program (dietetics concentration) does not guarantee that you will be accepted into post-baccalaureate programs for professional experience after graduation. You must apply to and be granted acceptance into such programs.
Overview of Coursework
Students pursuing any of the nutrition programs can expect to take courses that cover the topics below. For the most up to date details on curriculum and credit hours, go online to Ohio University's Undergraduate Catalog. For the academic calendar as well as tuition and fees go online to Ohio University's University Registrar.
- Introduction to food systems
- Science of food
- Experimental foods
- Quantity food production
- Professional development
- Lifespan nutrition
- Nutrient metabolism
- Medical nutrition therapy
- Nutrition in the community
- Nutrition counseling
- Biological sciences
- Human anatomy and physiology
Admission requirements to the dietetics programs are the same as those for admission to Ohio University in general. No special prerequisites need to be met prior to declaring a major in Applied Nutrition-Dietetics. Candidates are encouraged, however, to begin the program early in their college careers. High school chemistry and biological science courses also are strongly recommended. For information on admission to Ohio University for both freshmen and transfer students, go online to Ohio University Admissions.
Graduation and Internship Requirements
Students enrolled in the dietetic track must earn and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher to complete the degree conferral process. For students applying to dietetic internships programs, a GPA or 3.25 or higher is considered competitive. Post graduate options for dietetic graduates include A) completion of verification statement and B) application for the dietetic technician examination. (see cdrnet.org) and C) application to the dietetic internship and/or D) application to graduate school.
Cost to Students
Total costs for the Ohio Resident Student is $26,108/year and for the Non-Resident Student is $35,072/year. Ohio University introduces The OHIO Guarantee, a unique new initiative—both for Ohio University and within the state of Ohio—that enables students to pay a single fixed rate that covers tuition, room and meal plan, and fees for four years. Fall 2015–2016 costs will remain steady across a student's four years at OHIO. Further elaboration on student expenses can be viewed on the Admission page under Fees and Expenses. Additional costs incurred by dietetic students for the completion of the dietetic field experience is $150.00 which covers TYPHON subscription, background check and medical examination.
Dietetics Program outcome data available upon request.
For information about dietetic licensure in Ohio, contact the Ohio Board of Dietetics.
Nutrition Programs Contact
Deborah Murray, MS, RD, LD.
Grover Center E329
David Holben, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics