Online Dietetics Bachelor’s Degree

Overview

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Dietitians are experts on food and nutrition. They study how food relates to processes in the human body and advise clients on proper diet and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dietitians are licensed professionals who may also work with patients with diseases and other health issues to alter their diet and improve health outcomes.

Considering that dietitians play such an influential role in their clients’ lives, it’s no wonder that 77 percent say their job makes the world a better place, according to a survey by PayScale, an online salary database.

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Course Work

Example courses
Nutritional biochemistry
Nutrition education for the community
Introduction to statistics
ICU and nutrition support
Nutrient metabolism
Nutrition throughout the life span

An online dietetics bachelor’s degree program’s core course work consists of a combination of health sciences and nutritional sciences courses. Example courses include nutrition therapy, inorganic chemistry, nutritional physiology and preventive nutrition.

Students cannot complete a dietetics bachelor’s degree entirely online, as the Commission on Dietetic Registration requires students to complete an accredited and supervised clinical program before they sit for the registered dietitian exam, the test required to become a registered dietician, a licensed dietician or both. Most states and employers require state registration or licensure for dietitians, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many online degree programs require students to find a registered dietitian to act as their supervisor during their clinical rotation prior to the program.

Job Outlook

Highest-paying industries*
Management, scientific and technical consulting services $75,000
Federal executive branch $68,500
Home health care services $62,000
Health and personal care stores $61,000
Medical and diagnostic laboratories $60,000

*annual mean wage per the BLS

Dietitians find work in a variety of facilities, with the highest levels of employment at general medical and surgical hospitals, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, and local government and personal care services, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The job outlook for dietitians and nutritionists is very stable, with an expected 20 percent employment growth by 2020, according to the BLS. Median salaries range from nearly $51,000 for registered dietitians to more than $63,000 for chief clinical dietitians, according to PayScale.

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