The Dietetics track is for students who wish to apply for an internship to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.). Registered Dietitians are registered and licensed health care professionals who work in hospitals and other health care facilities such as nursing homes. Hospitals require that their nutrition health care professionals be RD’s. Dietitians in hospitals are responsible for ensuring that patients receive the diet most suitable to their conditions. A hospital dietitian’s duties range from the therapeutic aspects of dietetics (helping the patient understand how specific diets can influence their disease and how they can best modify their eating habits) to the administrative aspects (such as supervising food production, planning of special diets, and management of food service systems). The hospital dietitian also acts as a source of nutrition information for outpatients and the community.
Additionally, RDs are also qualified to work in the food development and food service industries, in the supplement industry, in community service agencies, in educational and research institutions, and in private practice as consultants to individuals, corporations, medical care groups, and nursing homes.
The Dietetics track is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The track fulfills the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements, and is the first step towards becoming a Registered Dietitian. Dietetic Registration requires the successful completion of a Dietetic Internship following graduation from the Dietetics track, and the passing of a national Registration Examination. Admission to Dietetic Internships is very competitive with the national acceptance rate at about 50%. Students interested in following the Dietetics track, begin as Nutrition majors with an undeclared track. In order to be admitted into the Dietetics track, students must earn at least a B in Nutrition 230 and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. This GPA must be maintained to remain in the Dietetics track.