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The Department of Nutritional Sciences advances health and quality of life of individuals and communities and prepares professionals through discovery, education and application of scientific knowledge.

Graduates are prepared to apply nutrition knowledge in dietetic internships, healthcare professional schools, and food and nutrition-related professions. Six degree options and a minor are offered through the department.

The human nutrition/premedical sciences option includes the prerequisites for admission to most medical, dental and pharmacy schools. The human nutrition option is ideal for students desiring greater depth in the physiological and biochemical sciences in preparation for medical and other professional schools, graduate study and research in human nutrition. The allied health option provides required course work for most nursing schools, physician assistant’s programs, schools of physical and occupational therapy and other health professions.

The mission of the OSU Didactic Program in Dietetics is to promote human health and quality of life by preparing students for future roles in dietetics and dietetics-related professions. The dietetics profession is diverse and dynamic, integrating human nutrition, food service administration, food science, chemistry, physiology, management and interpersonal skills. The dietetics option and the dietetics and exercise option provide the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework required to apply for competitive dietetic internships (DI). When students successfully complete the academic requirements (DPD) and supervised practice component (DI), they are eligible for the national Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Individuals who successfully complete the examination become Registered Dietitians and are entitled to use the initials “RD” to signify professional competence. Many states including Oklahoma also require a license to practice dietetics in the state.

Nutrition professionals work in a wide range of settings, in both the public and private sectors and assume an array of challenging responsibilities. Career opportunities for a registered/licensed dietitian include: health care dietitian and administrator, nutrition researcher, fitness/wellness consultant, public health nutritionist, school nutrition director and Cooperative Extension educator, entrepreneur in dietetic programs and services, and corporate dietitian/nutritionist. Graduates who do not enter dietetic internships may work in related fields which do not require the RD credential such as school food service, Cooperative Extension, pharmaceutical or food sales, food service management and government programs; take the certified dietary manager (CDM) exam; or enter related graduate programs such as Master of Science in Public Health. Upon earning the DPD “verification statement,” students may take the CDR exam to become registered dietetic technicians (DTR).

The dietetic internship (DI) at Oklahoma State University requires a bachelor’s degree and prior completion of the DPD requirements and meets Academy's 1200 hour supervised practice requirements for registration eligibility. Its mission is to advance health and quality of life of individuals and communities by preparing dietetic professionals for competent practice through education, discovery and application of scientific knowledge. The internship provides experience in clinical, management, and community practice settings where interns develop entry-level practice competence. Entry into the dietetic internship is competitive, requiring an application to the OSU DI and NSCI Master’s Degree and participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics computer matching or pre-selection process. All students admitted to the Dietetic Internship must earn the departmental Master of Science degree or enter with at least an MS in a nutrition-related field.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics and the Dietetic Internship at OSU are currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 312.899.0040 ext. 5400.

The nutrition and exercise and community nutrition options are for students who desire to work in the field of food and nutrition but do not plan to become registered dietitians. The nutrition and exercise option is for students who desire to work in the fitness/wellness setting and includes courses in exercise science. The community nutrition option provides emphasis on improving the health of populations through nutrition programs, such as Cooperative Extension, school nutrition, government agencies, wellness programs, and international work.

University teaching and research and some specialized careers require additional course work or advanced degrees.

Available Options
- Allied Health, B.S.H.S.
- Community Nutrition, B.S.H.S.
- Dietetics, B.S.H.S.
- Human Nutrition/Pre-Medical Sciences, B.S.H.S.

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