If you are curious about the connection between nutrition and health or would enjoy assisting people regain their health after an illness, then a career in the broad and dynamic field of dietetics might be for you.
The registered dietitian is the recognized, credentialed food and nutrition expert qualified to provide information designed to improve diet and prevent diseases with dietary risk factors as well as to provide medical nutrition therapy to individuals with diseases/medical conditions that require a dietary component in treatment.
A bachelor’s degree in dietetics from an accredited program is the first step in becoming a registered dietitian. Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply for a supervised practice experience (dietetic internship). Nicholls offers an undergraduate/didactic program in dietetics.
The Nicholls undergraduate/didactic program is the only accredited program in southeastern Louisiana and the greater New Orleans area. The curriculum prepares students for post-baccalaureate programs and the work force with academic, laboratory and clinical education experiences.
Watch this video to see all the possibilities this career has to offer: Registered Dietitians: Imagine the Possibilities
If you are interested in seeing what a Registered Dietitian can do for you. Watch this video from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Teach Others to Live Healthy
With a growing emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion through healthy dietary habits, career opportunities for registered dietitians are expected to increase at the same rate as other health care professions. A growing and aging population will require the services of dietitians in:
- school systems,
- community/public health agencies,
- retirement facilities,
- home health care agencies and
- the food industry.