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Nutritional Sciences AS, Dietetics Option

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Program Description

The Nutritional Sciences program prepares students to work in a wide range of settings in the public and private sectors and assume an array of challenging responsibilities in health care and wellness. Career opportunities for a registered/licensed dietitian include: health care dietitian and administrator, nutrition or food science researcher, fitness/wellness consultant, public health nutritionist, entrepreneur in dietetic programs and services, and corporate dietitian /nutritionist.

The dietetics option prepares students for diverse and dynamic professions that integrate human nutrition, food service administration, food science, chemistry, physiology, management and interpersonal skills. Students will be able to transfer to an Oklahoma university and complete course work in a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, ph. 312.899.0040 ext 5400. When students successfully complete the academic requirements (DPD) and experience component (Dietetic Internship), they are eligible for the Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Application to ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internships is very competitive. Individuals who are successful on the CDR examination become registered dietitians and are entitled to use the initials “R.D.” to signify professional competence. Many states including Oklahoma also require a license to practice dietetics in the state.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Integrate biological, social and/or nutritional sciences to promote healthy nutritional practices.
  • Identify the cultural, psychological, ecological, and/or socio-economic factors surrounding availability and consumption of nutrition.
  • Apply mathematical calculation to the computation of basic nutrition formulas.
  • Apply physical (chemistry) and biological sciences as relate body functions.
  • Describe the role nutrition plays in health and disease.
  • Explain the education requirements for becoming a Registered Dietitian.
  • Define medical terminologies as they relate to the health profession.


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Degree Requirements

View a semester-by-semester course plan of study and information on how this degree transfers to other colleges and universities on the Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics Option Degree Map.  

General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 44

Specialized Course Requirements Credit Hours: 17

Total Credit Hours: 61

To receive an A.A. or A.S. degree, students must demonstrate computer proficiency. 
Transfer admission requirement: 2.5 GPA.

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