B.S. Dietetics

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The first step to becoming a registered dietitian is a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics at UW-Stout! Our faculty of experienced registered dietitians will prepare you for the second and third steps: an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited internship and passing the National Registration Examination for Dietitians.

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Our graduates work as professional dietitians and practitioners in health sciences, sports, food industry, and foodservice areas of nutrition at hospitals, community agencies, and various government and private organizations. UW-Stout's dietetics program challenges you with experiential learning in the classroom and 320 hours of field experience. Our students graduate with skills and knowledge in:

  • Clinical and community nutrition
  • Food science and production
  • Lifespan and sports nutrition
  • Nutrition counseling and education
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Advance physiology and behavior
  • Food service administration

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Successful completion of our undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics will result in receipt of a verification statement if all verification criteria are met, and eligibility to apply to an accredited dietetic internship in pursuit of becoming a registered dietitian. Dietitians who are employed in the state of Wisconsin are also eligible to become a Certified Dietitian (CD) under current state licensure.

Dietitians have become an integral part of the wellness movement as people become more conscious of diet and exercise. If you enjoy working with people and are interested in sciences and food, you may find a home in the field of dietetics. UW-Stout’s program prepares you to meet the challenges of this growing field.

Admissions Requirements

New Freshmen

  • There are no additional requirements for new freshmen.

Transfer Students

Applicants must transfer the following courses:

  • MATH-120: College Algebra
  • CHEM-125 or 135: College Algebra-based Chemistry
  • BIO-234: Physiology and Anatomy

If you do not transfer these course, you will be admitted as Pre-Dietetics until these courses have been completed at UW-Stout.

Preparing for Dietetics

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.

Objectives & Outcomes

The Dietetic Program goals are:

  1. Provide education in a hands-on learning environment that prepares graduates to demonstrate foundation knowledge and skills resulting in competency for dietetic registration. This goal meets the program goal standard because it reflects the program’s mission to prepare competent who will be successful dietitians through evidenced-based, applied learning activities, infused with technology.

  2. Graduates of the program will participate and contribute to the profession.

  3. Graduates who complete our program but do not complete a supervised practice, obtain meaningful employment in a dietetics-related field.

Program outcomes data are available upon request from the director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, Karen Ostenso PhD, RD, CD at ostensok@uwstout.edu 

Additional Program Costs

  • Lab Coat  »  Approximately $25
  • Course Fees (FN 105, FN 461, FN 312, HT 234)  »  Approximately $258 total
  • Immunizations, TB tests and titers  »  Variable, maybe required by certain field experience facilities
  • Background Checks  »  Variable, depends on requirements of field experience facility
  • Drug Testing  »  Variable, may be required by certain field experience facilities
  • DICAS Internship Applications  »  $40 first site, $20 for each additional site when applying for an internship
  • D&D Digital Computerized Matching  »  $50 when applying for an internship
  • Professional Lability Insurance  »  Approximately $25, maybe required by some field experience facilities
  • WAND (Annual state dietetics conference)  »  Approximately $200, not required but suggested
  • Stout Student Dietetic Association Membership  »  $10, not required but suggested
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership  »  $50, not required but suggested
Career Opportunities

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 year/$26.56 per hour (2012 data).  Learn more online

Public/Community Health

  • Women, Infants Children Program (WIC) » Eau Claire County, Wis.
  • Office on Aging » Polk County, Wis.
  • Lactation Specialist, WIC Program » Trempeleau County, Wis.
  • Indian Health Services » LaCrosse, Wis.

Clinical Nutrition

  • Diabetes and Nutrition Center » Riverview Hospital, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
  • Clinical Hospital Dietitian » Fresno, California
  • Gunderson Lutheran Hospital » LaCrosse, Wis.
  • Regions Hospital » St. Paul, Minn.
  • Hospital Dietitian » Stockton, Calif.
  • St. Cloud Hospital » St. Cloud, Minn
  • Sacred Heart Hospital » Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Norton Community Hospital » Norton, Virginia
  • Vail Valley Medical Center » Vail, Colo.
  • Outpatient Services » Marshfield Clinic, Wausau, Wis.

Food Service Administration

  • St. Joseph’s Hospital » Chippewa Falls, Wis.

Research and Development

  • Nestle Corporation » California
  • St. Mary's Hospital » Rochester, Minn.
Dietetics Advisory Board

2018 Dietetics Advisory Board

  • Karen Ostenso, Program Director
  • David Challe, Clinical Dietitian, Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire
  • Aaron Fonder, Past Graduate
  • Ann Parsons, CSTEM/Biology
  • Kerry Peterson, CEHHHS/Food and Nutrition Chair
  • Judy Kennedy, Hudson School District
  • Jessica Deringer, WIC Nutritionist Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Denise Goers, UW-Stout Advisement/Dietetics
  • Brian Bergquist, CEHHHS/Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
  • Kiersten Severude, Graduate Student/Intern
  • Sarah Bedford, Recent Graduate
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