OSRHE Program Code: 153
CIP Code: 513101
Major Code: 8420
- 8421 - Dietetics
- 8422 - Allied Health
Dietetics is the high-tech science of applying food and nutrition principles to personal and community health.The field of dietetics has something to offer all health care consumers. The Registered Dietitian is the only nationally recognized credential in foods, nutrition, and dietetics, and is recognized as the nutrition expert in health care, nutritional counseling, food production, sales, and the media. Most employment in the health care industry requires the R.D. credential. Jobs with the most potential for advancement are closed to nutritionists, who are not registered dietitians.
Allied Health option students complete prerequisites courses needed to apply to a wide variety of healthcare professional programs or graduate school. Students receiving a degree in Nutritional Sciences - Allied Health option will be competitive because their educational experience brings a special dimension to their overall knowledge of the relationship of nutrition to health. The Allied Health option within the Nutritional Sciences program will allow students to utilize this bachelor degree to meet prerequisites for a variety of health professional programs, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, radiologic technology, dental hygiene, and physician assistant.
The Northeastern State University Didactic Program in Dietetics (Nutritional Science: Dietetics, B.S.) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the American Dietetic Association (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800-877-1600 ext. 5400); www.eatright.org/acend.
Students in the Nutritional Sciences - Dietetics option complete the requirements to apply to ACEND-accredited supervised practice programs and take the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) exam. The NSU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is the first in the three-step process of becoming an RDN. The second step is the successful completion of an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. The third step is passing a national registration exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Some states require a state licensure to practice within the state. Oklahoma does require application for licensure through the Oklahoma Medical Board. Additional fees apply for both testing and licensure. Students are encouraged to talk with their faculty mentor about the steps to become a registered dietitian.
Students in the Nutritional Sciences - Allied Health option are encouraged to talk with NSU’s pre-health advisor about graduate school applications and the steps to reach their professional goals.