Rochester Institute of Technology

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Dietetics and Nutrition BS

Program Overview

Work with people of all ages, cultures, and economic means to apply nutritional science to help their clients address health, nutritional, and wellness needs.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 50 students enrolled.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is mandatory for this program.
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 3 blocks, 12 weeks/summer and 14 weeks/semester
  • Co-op availability: Second Year summer through Fourth Year fall

Salary Information

Co-op:     $11.65                     $10.00 - $14.79
BS:           ID

Student Skills & Capabilities

The major leads to a BS degree that meets the educational requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The pre-professional phase (years 1 and 2) involves core courses in science, food science, basic nutrition, mathematics, liberal arts, and business. The professional phase (years 3 and 4) includes practicum experiences in various upper-division courses. Three cooperative work experiences, including one position in health care food and nutrition services, are a requirement of the major. Students also have the opportunity to acquire a certificate or minor in a variety of content areas, including exercise science.


The dietetics and nutrition major is accredited through June 2023 by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)

Equipment & Facilities

Fully equipped state-of-the-art kitchens and labs. Field experiences including hospitals, long-term care facilities, food manufacturers, camps, colleges and universities.

Job Titles

Clinical Dietician, Registered Dietician, Clinical Nutritionist

Significant Points

  • DI match rate (last year, 100%; this year 12/13 matched)
  • 100% first time pass rate on RD exam
  • Favorable student:faculty ratio (faculty are always accessible and closely involved in students success)
  • Students general move through the curriculum as a cohort. This allows students to develop supportive relationships with their classmates and lays the foundation for what will eventually become a professional network
  • Ample opportunity in the curriculum for real-world experience (i.e., co-op, community nutrition placements, visits for dietetic environment)
  • Four students presented posters at the New York State Dietetic Association conference this spring on the following topics:
  • “Residents of Rochester, NY food deserts: A descriptive study of socioeconomic characteristics”
  • “The impact of family meals through adolescence on the establishment of long-term dietary habits”
  • “Does music make mealtime more enjoyable for older adults in long-term care?”
  • “Influence of shape of fruit on preschool children’s consumption and perception”

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Abbott Nutrition, American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, American Heart Association, Food and Drug Administration, Foodlink, Gates-Chili School District, Heritage Christian Services, Hillside Family of Agencies, Jewish Senior Life, Genesee Dietetic Association, On Nutrition, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, RIT, Rochester Psychiatric Center, Rochester Regional Health, University of Rochester Medical Center, Wegmans, WIC, YMCA of Greater Rochester

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact  Kris Stehler, the career services coordinator who works with the Dietetics and Nutrition program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Kris Stehler, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5468
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603


Tuesday, 26 November 2019 Posted in Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences and Technology