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Old 06-21-2010, 01:37 AM
 
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I'm wanting to go to college to be a registered dietitian. I've seen some schools have Dietetic Technician associate's degrees, but not a Bachelor's for a Registered Dietitian. What I'm wondering is if it's possible to get a Dietitian Technician associate's degree, and then go to another college for 2 more years that does have the registered dietitian courses and if they would accept them as part of your 4 year Bachelor's? I haven't heard or read anything about if anyone else has done this, so I'm not sure if it's possible. Thank you to anybody who might know.

P.S. I do know I could receive a Bachelor's without all this transferring involved with an associate's, but I'm just curious if it could be done this way.
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:40 PM
 
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I think the ADA has a list of approved four year programs - usually they are a BS in Nutrition or Dietetics.

You basically complete the program and also have to complete other requirements (last I checked, and it has been a while the requirement was an unpaid internship) to be eligible for the RD. Its like nursing where you do the program but you are not an RN until you actually pass the NCLEX. For RD I don't think there is an exam but the internship, but you can have a degree in nutrition without having the RD.

I don't know if any 2+2 programs exist and you might waste credits doing the 2 yr program first b/c the professional courses would be lower level for that versus upper level. Usually your first couple of yrs in the 4-yr program is science and core prerequisites to prepare you for the upper level nutrition coursework.

Good luck!
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:19 PM
 
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I think the ADA has a list of approved four year programs - usually they are a BS in Nutrition or Dietetics.

You basically complete the program and also have to complete other requirements (last I checked, and it has been a while the requirement was an unpaid internship) to be eligible for the RD. Its like nursing where you do the program but you are not an RN until you actually pass the NCLEX. For RD I don't think there is an exam but the internship, but you can have a degree in nutrition without having the RD.

I don't know if any 2+2 programs exist and you might waste credits doing the 2 yr program first b/c the professional courses would be lower level for that versus upper level. Usually your first couple of yrs in the 4-yr program is science and core prerequisites to prepare you for the upper level nutrition coursework.

Good luck!
There is an exam for an RD, that's why it's called Registered Dietician.

Commission on Dietetic Registration - Certifications and Licensure (http://www.cdrnet.org/certifications/rddtr/rddefinition.htm - broken link)

Commission on Dietetic Registration - Certifications and Licensure (http://www.cdrnet.org/certifications/rddtr/rdindex.htm - broken link)

The first is a link within the second link.
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Old 06-24-2010, 08:16 PM
 
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What state are you in, or what state would you like to attend college?
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:58 PM
 
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What state are you in, or what state would you like to attend college?
I'm in Tennessee, but I'd like to go pretty much anywhere but here for college. None of the colleges here are that great, especially in the dietitian area. =/ I'm looking at ones in the other english speaking countries too, but in the U.S. I'll probably be somewhere in the midwest. I'm still looking at a fair amount of colleges overall, mostly just one college per state that I'll list; California, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Washington, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Nebraska, Florida, Kansas, and New Jersey. I know you can do 4 year programs, but I was just curious if the Dietetic Technician's associate degree could go towards a Bachelor's for Dietitian's, so it could've maybe kept my options open a little more, but I've got enough options anyway lol. Now I'm just getting to the tough part of narrowing it down more so I can choose.
I can list the individual colleges if you'd like?
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:27 PM
 
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I'm in Tennessee, but I'd like to go pretty much anywhere but here for college. None of the colleges here are that great, especially in the dietitian area. =/ I'm looking at ones in the other english speaking countries too, but in the U.S. I'll probably be somewhere in the midwest. I'm still looking at a fair amount of colleges overall, mostly just one college per state that I'll list; California, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Washington, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Nebraska, Florida, Kansas, and New Jersey. I know you can do 4 year programs, but I was just curious if the Dietetic Technician's associate degree could go towards a Bachelor's for Dietitian's, so it could've maybe kept my options open a little more, but I've got enough options anyway lol. Now I'm just getting to the tough part of narrowing it down more so I can choose.
I can list the individual colleges if you'd like?
Have you considered nursing school with a Masters in nutrition and dietetics? Vanderbilt appears to have a good program. A degree from Vanderbilt carries weight over state Universities. It is considered the foundation of the Ivy League of the South.

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing - Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:33 PM
 
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Have you considered nursing school with a Masters in nutrition and dietetics? Vanderbilt appears to have a good program. A degree from Vanderbilt carries weight over state Universities. It is considered the foundation of the Ivy League of the South.

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing - Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
Yes I know Vanderbilt is one of the top schools in the world just like some of these others I'm looking at. Plus my cousin was going there for the nursing, he just finished it up. I'm not interested in nursing, because I wanna help people lose weight and be healthier. Vanderbilt does offer a Dietitian Internship, but that only matters after I've gone to college elsewhere, so for at the moment that's not as helpful for me until I get to that stage. I sorta wish they offered a Bachelor's though, it's a pain that they don't. Same thing with a Master's ^ I'd have to get a Bachelor's elsewhere first.
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Old 06-25-2010, 05:15 AM
 
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The University of MN offers a program in nutrition and dietetics. One thing to keep in mind is that many places now want someone with a Masters Degree but getting a bachelors is a good start.
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Old 06-25-2010, 05:29 AM
 
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The University of MN offers a program in nutrition and dietetics. One thing to keep in mind is that many places now want someone with a Masters Degree but getting a bachelors is a good start.
seriously? if that's the case then why do so many offer more Bachelor's than Master's? Yea I've looked at a ton of colleges so that included University of Minnesota. I mostly didn't think the curriculum suited me, but I am getting my other choices narrowed down as we speak. If I decide to get a Master's later on, I've got a few places in mind, like Vanderbilt for example, University of Michigan, University of Seattle, and University of Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Just to name a few main ones. As I would've gone to any of these right now if they had a Bachelor's.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:38 AM
 
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OP have you looked at this list?

Becoming an RD or DTR - Accredited or Approved Education Programs

and this page?

http://www.eatright.org/students/edu...starthere.aspx
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