Dietetics and Nutrition BS
Work with people of all ages, cultures, and economic means to apply nutritional science to help their clients address health, nutritional, and wellness needs.
- 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 InformationCo-op: $11.65 $10.00 - $14.79
Student Skills & CapabilitiesThe 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.
AccreditationThe 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 & FacilitiesFully equipped state-of-the-art kitchens and labs. Field experiences including hospitals, long-term care facilities, food manufacturers, camps, colleges and universities.
Job TitlesClinical Dietician, Registered Dietician, Clinical Nutritionist
- 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 UsWe 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 https://www.rit.edu/careerservices.
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY 14623-5603