Dietetics Program

Society-Ready Graduates
Research Year: 
2000
Issue: 

The demand for registered, credentialed dieticians has increased in the United States, largely because the public is more interested now in general nutrition, disease revention, and the health of the aging. According tofigures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Dietetic Association, “employment of dieticians is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2005,“ at competitive salaries. Registered dieticians work in health care facilities, sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs, food and nutrition-related businesses and industries, private practice, community and public health settings, at universities and medical centers, and in research.

Description of Action: 

The Department of Nutritional Sciences offers a Didactic Program in Dietetics which is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. To earn an RD credential, students undertake the bachelor’s degree program of study in dietetics, complete an approved, supervised internship program at a healthcare facility, community agency, or a food service corporation, and pass a national examination.

Impact: 

Students completing the UA’s dietetics coursework have a 90 percent placement rate for internship programs, compared with the national average of 60 percent. This experience gives them the skills and abilities they need to pass the national registered dietician (RD) exam. As of the year 2000, none of the UA dietetics graduates has ever failed this exam, yielding a 100 percent pass rate.

Funding Agencies: 

The University of Arizona; UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Conact Name: 
Wanda Howell
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Address: 

Shantz Bldg, Room 309

PO Box 210038

The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721

Telephone: (520) 621-1619, FAX: (520) 621-9446