Dietetics research

As a dietetics student at the University of Dayton, you'll have the opportunity to practice applying your nutrition and dietetics knowledge within the university, local, national, and global communities in order to develop yourself holistically during your time at the university. 

The Dietetics program uses a challenging curriculum, incorporating courses in foundational sciences (chemistry, biology and biochemistry), nutritional sciences (food science and medical nutrition therapy for specific disease pathology) and community and research. Integrative and functional nutrition, as well as sustainability concepts, are also integrated throughout the curriculum. Courses in the behavioral and social sciences (psychology, motivational interview, social sciences and organizational behavior) prepare our students to engage in nutrition counseling, coaching and education, and to serve in leadership positions and collaborate on multidisciplinary teams within the profession.

Program accreditation

Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL  60606-6695; 800-877-1600, ext. 5400). Reaccreditation was granted in 2014.

What can I do with this degree?

Upon successful completion of the bachelor's program and a graduate degree program (required by Jan. 1, 2024), graduates are eligible to sit for the dietetic nutritionist credentialing examination to become registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN).

Depending on the state in which you'll practice, an RDN may be required to apply for state licensing to practice medical nutrition therapy (nutrition therapy for the treatment of disease). The State of Ohio requires licensing of all registered dietitian nutritionists to practice MNT. The Ohio Medical Board of Licensing issues the license for RDNs.

The RDN credential allows you to work in a variety of settings to provide medical nutrition therapy. RDNs can work in public health and community nutrition to provide both population-based and individual-based interventions. Many of our program's alumni who have earned the RDN credential practice in the following professional settings:

  • Adult intensive care settings
  • Digestive care nutrition practitioner
  • Integrative and functional medicine
  • Long-term care dietitian
  • Neonatal intensive care setting
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Oncology nutrition practitioner
  • Pediatric hospitals
  • Private practice
  • Research dietitian for nutraceutical companies
  • Research dietitian in hospital setting
  • Social media dietitian
  • Sports nutrition for college athletes

Becoming a Registered Dietitian

The process to become a registered dietitian nutritionist includes:

  • Completion of the bachelor degree from an ACEND-accredited dietetics program
  • Awarding of the verification statement upon the conferral of the degree from an ACEND-accredited dietetics program
  • Successful completion of an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program
  • Passing the RDN credentialing exam

Note: In January 2024, completion of a graduate degree with the ACEND-accredited supervised practice program will be required to earn the verification statement to sit for the RDN credentialing exam.

All students pursuing the RDN credential should plan to attend graduate school with an ACEND-accredited supervised practice after graduation. 

Acceptance into a post-baccalaureate accredited supervised practice program is very competitive. The national acceptance rate to an accredited supervised practice program for the years 2008-15 has held steady at 53%. The University of Dayton acceptance rate to supervised practice has remained above the national average with a 10-year average of 82%. While no dietetics program can guarantee a student’s acceptance into an internship, UD dietetics students are provided career counseling throughout their four years in the program to prepare to be a competitive match. Students are encouraged to fully engage in academic learning, attainment of work experience, and engagement in professional advocacy and support to prepare for a competitive match.

Historically, University of Dayton dietetics students successfully match when the following criteria are achieved:

  • Earn and maintain a 3.2 GPA or higher (average GPA for the UD dietetics class during the past 5 years has been 3.52, with a range of 3.2-3.9)
  • Didactic program in dietetics professional coursework “B” or higher
  • Didactic program in dietetics science coursework “B-” or higher (it is not uncommon to see a “C” or “C+” in one or two 300- or 400-level science courses).
  • Obtain and maintain paid work experience in a nutrition- or food service-related field for at least 2 years (equivalent to 200-hours of paid work experience).
  • Seek out long-term volunteer nutrition related experience (not to be substituted for paid experience).
  • Committed active involvement in Student Dietetic Association and/or to the dietetic program.
  • Develop leadership skills through extracurricular activities or engagement in dietetics or HSS projects or leadership positions by the end of the 3rd year of study.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, ability to be a team player, shows respect to professors and peers, and takes responsibility for actions and decisions.



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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2968