Dietetics

Dietetics is the science and art of applying the principles of food and nutrition to health — a field for those with inquisitive minds who enjoy science as much as they do people. Registered dietitian nutritionists help others learn about food, nutrition and lifestyle choices to keep them healthy. The course work is challenging, and the career possibilities are exciting and numerous. The Bachelor of Science in Dietetics curriculum provides a broad and balanced foundation in all of the core areas of dietetics.

NOTE: Effective Jan. 1, 2024, a graduate degree will be required to sit for the registered dietitian nutritionist credentialing exam.

Dietetics Program Highlights

  • Program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Development of culinary skills, as well as the knowledge of how to alter foods and meal patterns for health promotion and disease prevention and treatment.
  • Extensive training in the development and delivery of nutrition information to the public.
  • Numerous field-based learning experiences built into the curriculum in a variety of settings: health care; community and social service agencies; foodservice establishments.
  • Opportunities for leadership skills development and service-learning.

View the Dietetics student handbook

In-Field Learning Experiences

  • In the spring of the junior year and the fall of the senior year, students gain experience in a medical center by shadowing their clinical instructor.
  • Students complete community nutrition education in schools and/or social service agencies such as homeless shelters and food banks.
  • The application of principles and practices in management occurs in school foodservice establishments in a local school district.

Dietetics Course Samples

  • FCS 221

    Food Science Theory and Application

    4 credits

    Study of the physical and chemical properties of food in relation to quality, safety, selection, preparation, and standards. Laboratory experiences, including the integration of computer applications, are integral to this course.

  • FCS 415

    Medical Nutrition Therapy I

    4 credits

    Study of the roles of the dietitian in the nutrition care process, focusing on nutrition assessment, documentation, counseling, and appropriate nutrition intervention in selected disease states.

  • BIO 240

    Microbiology for Health Professionals

    4 credits

    Catalog description to be used: An introductory course covering the basic principles of life, with an emphasis on and examples from the microbiological world. Content covered will include the scientific method, cellular structure and function, metabolism, genetics, and reproduction in the context of pathology, pathogenicity, and immunology related to health-related microbes.

Fontbonne University's Dietetics Graduate Successes

  • Graduates work as clinical dietitians at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters, DePaul Health Center, St. Anthony’s Medical Center, Touchpoint and Healthcare Services Group.
  • Our students interested in working in wellness and health promotion find careers in community nutrition education and work for public health clinics (e.g., Betty Jean Kerr Peoples Health Center) and community nutrition education centers (e.g., St. Louis District Dairy Council, Maplewood-Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center Seed to Table Program, Ritenour School District).
  • Boundless opportunities exist for dietitians in foodservice establishments (e.g., St. Anthony’s Medical Center, Chartwell’s, Touchpoint and Healthcare Services Group).

Dietetics Career Opportunities

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.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact our Office of Admission: 314-889-1400 or 1-800-205-5862 | fbyou@fontbonne.edu

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