Career – what can you do with a dietetics degree?
With rising obesity and our diet’s larger role in preventing and managing disease, careers as dietitians and nutritionists are growing much faster than the national average for other occupations.
Most graduates of our bachelor’s degree program go on to an internship program and graduate school to become registered dietitians.
Some choose to get clinical, paid experience as dietetics technicians or dietary managers before moving on to a master’s program. To be eligible for these positions, you must pass the Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) exam or the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) exam after obtaining a bachelor’s degree from an ACEND-accredited program.
You will take courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, nutrition and food science.
Coursework will include supervised hands-on experiences with on- and off-campus nutrition professionals[CS1] . You will learn to use critical-thinking skills that will prepare you for a career in a variety of settings:
- Clinical – hospitals, medical facilities, etc.
- Community – sports teams, public health departments, etc.
- Management or leadership positions
You are strongly encouraged to obtain paid or volunteer experiences in the food and nutrition field. Dietetics students often complete service at:
- Wood Haven Health Care
- Wood County Hospital
- Wood County Public Health Department
- Wood County Senior Center
- Other regional healthcare facilities
- Experimental Foods
- Introduction to Human Nutrition
- Medical Nutrition Therapy
- Advanced Nutrition
- Exercise Physiology
- Nutritional Assessment
- Food and Culture
Becoming a registered dietitian
To become a registered dietitian, you must:
- Complete a bachelor’s degree and earn a verification statement from an accredited dietetics program
- Earn a master’s degree
- Complete an accredited dietetics internship
- Pass a national registration exam
BGSU has master’s and internship programs.
After completing master’s and internship programs and passing the national exam, graduates are eligible for licensure in most states. In Ohio, graduates also must obtain licensure with the Ohio Board of Dietetics to practice.
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Updated: 12/15/2023 01:26PM