Can you become a dietitian by going to a liberal arts college? What are the most important majors to study?
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I want to attend a 4-year liberal arts college and they typically include majors such as biology, biochemistry, and psychology. If I want to become a dietitian, would this be the right route to take?
Lisa recommends the following next steps:
Although, I have yet to become a registered dietitian (RD), I have to complete my internship in step 2 below, I highly recommend the field!! I completed my BS in Dietetics at a large university, at the time not many smaller universities or colleges were offering programs. You will, as Cynthia stated, need to find a University or College that offers a BS in Dietetics. This is a very specific requirement, because without it, you will not be able to complete the required internship to sit for the exam. Here are the step to becoming a RD.
1. Graduate with BS in Dietetics, usually referred to a Didactic Program (Things to consider: High GPA is favored, but varied work and volunteer experience is a big plus)
2. Complete a Master Degree and Internship
3. Take RD Exam
Additional advice I would share is that when it comes time for your internship/master degree, it can be very competitive. Make sure you do your best to put yourself out there, apply to be the TA for the class or the research assistant on a Doctoral Student's program. Those things will go far and help you to stand out among your fellow nutrition students!
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Ideally you want to find a Liberal Arts College that includes being able to major in Nutrition Studies. A few city colleges do include this major, for example, Hunter and Lehman. You will be required to have a Master's in Nutrition by 2024 ( I believe) therefore, it would be ideal to attend a college that is able to accommodate. I believe the college's I mentioned do. But overall, look at your options...
To answer your 2nd question, once you are majored in Nutrition, you will have the curriculum laid out for you. At least that is how the curriculum was given to me. And although they provide your curriculum, there is still some flexibility in deciding classes for the semester. The courses you listed are some of the required courses in order to graduate and meets Nutrition required courses as well.