Prospective Students

Preparing for UW-Stout

If you are interested in the Dietetics program, you are encouraged to take three years of high school math, chemistry and biology. This preparation, although not a requirement for entrance, is helpful when making the transition into the program.

Starting Out

Course work in your first semesters is a combination of general education and introductory courses. General education courses include:

  • English composition
  • Psychology
  • Physiology and anatomy
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics 

‘Dietetics as a Profession’ serves as an introductory course to the field. The program director - or your program advisor - provides assistance with course selection and career choices. Help is also available through academic advisers, the Counseling Center, and Career Services.

Becoming involved in the Stout Student Dietetic Association is a way to expand your interest and knowledge of dietetics. The organization encourages you to participate in committees, program development, research projects, and field experiences.

As You Progress

The program uses courses from more than 15 departments to give you background in communication, food service administration, clinical and community nutrition, and analytical and natural science.

Communication block courses:

  • Writing
  • Speech and presentation

Food and food service coursework::

  • Multicultural foods
  • Food science
  • Food service sanitation
  • Quantity food production
  • Finance and cost control
  • Menu planning
  • Food service administration

Clinical and community nutrition courses include:

  • Community nutrition
  • Nutritional issues in gerontology
  • Advanced nutrition
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Nutrition education
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Sports nutrition
  • Maternal and child nutrition

Courses in the sciences include:

  • Physiology and anatomy
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Advanced physiology

Career awareness courses: 

  • Preprofessional development
  • Field experience
  • Dietetics as a profession

All dietetics students are required to complete a 320-hour field experience. Usually this is done during your sophomore or junior year. Field experience is paid or unpaid work done in the area of dietetics and is independently sought by the student with approval from the program director.

Dietetic Internships

Completing your B.S. degree in Dietetics at UW-Stout is the first step required to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).

The second step is completion of a ACEND-accredited internship. Acceptance into a dietetic internship is competitive and completion of the B.S. degree in Dietetics does not guarantee a dietetic internship. UW-Stout prepares you for the internship application process with a course titled ‘Preprofessional Development.’

The third step to becoming an RD is successful completion of the National Registration Examination for Dietitians. The exam is taken after completion of the dietetic internship.

Entry Positions

Upon graduation, most students become dietetic interns, entering formalized on-the-job training at one of approximately 290 institutions across the country. Others prefer to pursue a graduate degree in Food Science and Nutrition. The ultimate goal of the program is for you to become a registered dietitian by earning a bachelor's degree, completing an internship from a ACEND-approved site, and passing the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the mean average wage for Dieticians in Wisconsin is $53,000 (2014). The U.S. Department of Labor reports in the 2014-15 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, that Dieticians and Nutritionists  earn median pay of $55,240 per per year/$26.56 per hour (2012 data).  Learn more online.


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B.S. in Dietetics