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Are you interested in health and nutrition? Do you like to experiment with food? Have you thought about a career focused on helping others? Our dietetics program could be the perfect fit for you!
Dietetics is the science or art of applying the principles of food and nutrition to health. Registered dietitians help people learn about food, nutrition and lifestyle choices to keep them healthy. This is a discipline in which students combine creativity and scientific method to find answers that may help improve health. Dietetics is a field for those with inquisitive minds who enjoy science as much as they do people. The course work is challenging, and the career possibilities are exciting and numerous.
Why the Dietetics Program with Fontbonne?
Our curriculum provides a broad and balanced foundation in all of the core areas of dietetics — clinical nutrition, community nutrition and food service management. You will study and learn culinary skills, how to alter diets for health promotion, disease prevention and treatment, how to best communicate nutrition information to the public, and how to manage food service establishments. You will also be given the opportunity to receive hands-on experience in the field, working and assisting other professionals.
A unique aspect of our program is the opportunity to conduct independent active research projects. Students may also have the opportunity to publish and present their work at the state or national level. You’ll leave with an impressive portfolio and a competitive advantage in your career search or in graduate school. Additionally, The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) 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, 312/899-0040 ext. 5400, (www.eatright.org/acend).
What Can I Do with My Dietetics Degree?
Once you successfully complete your undergraduate degree in dietetics, you will be ready to apply for a dietetic internship, a necessary step toward becoming a registered dietitian. Employment opportunities exist in health clubs, hospitals or other health care facilities, food companies, schools, research labs and restaurants. You can work as a clinical dietitian, food service director, sports nutritionist, regional nutrition manager, nutrition educator, renal dietitian, bionutritionist or consultant dietitian, just to name a few.
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The academic requirements for a major in dietetics prepare students for entrance into an accredited supervised practice program following graduation.
The demand for Dietetic Internship positions is currently greater than the supply, resulting in approximately one out of every two candidates from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) not obtaining an internship position. Student grade point average (GPA) appears to be the best predictor of a student’s chances of obtaining a position, with students with the highest GPAs being the most likely to obtain one. For the past three years, dietetics students at Fontbonne with a GPA > 3.5 are more likely to receive a Dietetic internship match.
If you are considering enrolling in a DPD or are a currently-enrolled DPD student, please speak to the DPD Program Director about your GPA and how it will influence matching with an internship position.