Careers in Dietetics
Becoming a dietitian
All graduates of the Missouri State Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) must successfully complete a 1200 hour supervised practice program (commonly called an internship) at an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) approved program before they can take the National Registration Examination for Dietitians. Completing the internship and passing the examination are required to become a registered dietitian (RD). Visit the AND website for a list of accredited ACEND programs.
In the state of Missouri, after passing the RD exam, dietitians must be licensed to be able to practice. Click here for more information on licensure in Missouri.
Visit the AND Student Center for more information on getting started on your path to becoming an RD and for information on student membership in AND!
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Areas of practice in dietetics
There are many different areas of practice for registered dietitians. Dietitians are needed in any capacity that involves planning and educating others about the importance of incorporating a healthy diet into our everyday lives. Practice areas include the following:
- Administrative/Food Service Management
Students who choose to not complete an ACEND accredited internship after graduation are eligible to sit for the Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) exam and the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) exam. While most positions in health and wellness do require an RD, there are careers that do not required you to be a registered dietitian. Our strong science coursework enables graduates to obtain jobs in various fields including but not limited to a nutritionist with WIC (Women, Infants and Children), public health, pharmaceuticals, health education and food safety. Graduate work is also an excellent option for many of our graduates.