University of Vermont

Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Dietetics (DNFS) Degree

Field of Growth...Guaranteed

Dietetics is a growing profession as health care moves from treatment to prevention. Health-care reform and policies discussed in Washington and across the country all include prevention related components. Although many health professionals are interested in prevention, Registered Dietitians are at the cutting edge of prevention because so many preventable diseases and conditions are tied to food and nutrition. Placeholder image

With UVM's dietetics major you'll graduate wiith a background in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, food service management, research, nutrition education and professional behavior. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (dietetics major) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics(AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040 ext. 5400.

Registered Dietitians (RD) are credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration(CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics(AND). Requirements for being a Registered Dietitian include the following:

  • Completed a minimum of a bachelor`s degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by Accreditation Council for Education and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR`s Web site at
  • Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

Your dietetics major provides you with a bachelor`s degree and accredited coursework to become a Registered Dietitian, which is the first step mentioned above. Students in the dietetics major may apply to supervised practice in their senior year or after graduation and then complete the national examination. The dietetics program provides students with guidance for application to supervised practice but cannot guarantee acceptance or admission to these programs. As demographics change with increased numbers of students graduating with bachelor`s degrees from dietetics programs the competition for supervised practice programs has greatly increased.

For an example of the Dietetics Major Academic Plan click here: Dietetics Major Academic Plan (pdf)

To view the Didactic Program in Dietetics Mission, Goals and Objectives click here: DPD Mission, Goals and Objectives (pdf)

For information on the dietetics program mission, goals, objectives, core knowledge for the RD as well as other information about the program please review our Dietetics Student Handbook: Didactic Program in Dietetics Student Handbook (pdf)

Current Dietetics Students to view Dietetic Internship Information click here: Dietetic's Internship Information (pdf)

For information regarding program objective assessment contact Dr. Jane Ross, Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics

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