A lot! A career in nutrition and dietetics holds a lifetime of opportunity for interesting and diverse employment. We encourage nutrition students to pursue the registered dietitian (RD) credential. This is typically a three step process:
program graduates who do not pursue the RD credential most often seek
employment in community health, food service management, and medical sales. All
graduates of the UNF DPD/nutrition program are eligible to take the examination
to become a dietetic technician (DTR). Dietetic technicians typically work
under the direction of an RD in hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics.
Hospitals, health departments, home health agencies,
wellness centers, nursing homes, school districts, food companies, dietary
supplement companies, clinics, grocery stores, universities, diabetes centers, community
agencies and mental health centers all employ RD’s. Many RD’s have their own
private practices as well. Other RD’s hold challenging positions in government
agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department
Depending on their place of employment, RD’s may do the
following: assess the nutritional status of diverse populations and help people
implement healthful lifestyle changes; manage health/nutrition programs and
supervise staff; manage and direct food service operations; conduct research;
teach; manage university nutrition programs; develop and market food and
supplement products; oversee school food service operations; and author books
are typically scheduled during daytime and evening hours Monday through Friday.
There are no online degree options at this time. However, individual courses
may be offered in an online format. Many program courses are offered only once
a year, therefore it’s imperative that students follow the proper sequence of
Yes, many community colleges offer the required prerequisites. You must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all nutrition program courses including program prerequisites. Effective August, 2013, students must earn a grade of "B" or higher in three program prerequisite classes: HUN2201, BSC2085C, and BSC2086C. You may contact a Brooks College of Health advisor for additional information regarding course transfers.
Yes, we encourage students to participate in the campus
community and to become active and engaged citizens. There are opportunities
for membership and leadership positions within the UNF Student Nutrition Club,
the Jacksonville Dietetic Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,
and the Florida Dietetic Association. Campus and community volunteer
opportunities are plentiful. Students are encouraged to seek part-time
employment, particularly in the areas of health care or food service.
master’s degree is not currently required for entry-level practice. However, the
profession is moving towards requiring a master’s degree in any area for entry
level practice. This will become effective in the year 2024 and will be in
addition to the 1200-hour accredited internship. About half of all registered
dietitians currently have a master’s degree.
The MS/DI is an ACEND accredited combined master's degree and dietetic internship for persons who have a verification form from an ACEND accredited DPD program. These persons are not Registered Dietitians but wish to become one.
The ISPP is an internship program for persons who applied but were not matched to an internship and want to plan one on their own. The ISPP program is not linked to graduate level coursework.
The MS/AP Thesis and Non-Thesis program is an accelerated (8-week courses) master's program for persons who want to complete a master's degree. This may include graduates of an ACEND accredited baccalaureate Nutrition program or Registered Dietitians.
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