BS in Dietetics

BS in Dietetics

Dietetics Program

Registered Dietitians are shaping the world through the power of a healthful diet in various clinical, food service, and community-based fields. Our two nationally accredited Dietetics Program Pathways, prepare graduates for careers in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Community Dietetics, Food Systems Management, Nutrition/Product Research, Nutrition Counseling, Business, Entrepreneurship, and more. Explore the two pathways, the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and the Accelerated Coordinated Program.

The programs Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program and the Accelerated Coordinated Program are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600, ext 5400,

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Shape the World with Nutrition

Presented by Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors, this video explains what registered dietitian nutritionists do and how they help people improve their health with food and nutrition.

Fast Facts


Program Pathways

Choose from two pathways through our Diadactic or Accelerated Coordinated Programs on your path to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist


Research Opportunities

Gain experience in the world of research to expand your future opportunities or prepare for graduate and professional schools


Expected Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dietetics will be one of the fastest growing fields in the nation over the next decade

Dietetics Program Pathways

Option A: Didactic Program Pathway

  • Students complete 4 years of academic coursework needed to apply for a Masters Degree and/or a dietetic internship

Coursework and Timeline

Option B: Accelerated Coordinated Program

  • Students complete academic coursework as well as a supervised practice experience while earning a BS in Dietetics and a MS in Nutrition and Food Systems. Students must apply for entry into this selective admissions program.

Coursework and Timeline


Exploratory Courses

DHN 101: Human Nutrition and Wellness

DHN 212 Introductory Nutrition (section for non-majors)


Future Opportunities

Possible Careers

Graduates function as dietetics professionals with opportunities for practice in community nutrition, non-profits, food systems management, business and entrepreneurship, nutrition/product research and wellness.

Possible Employers

Hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, non-profits, insurance companies, food manufacturing companies, school systems, health departments, corporate wellness centers and outpatient clinics.

Advanced Education

Many students advance their education in the field with a Masters of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems from our department. We offer three options for seeking your MS. Review the Graduate Degrees page for more information.

Connect With Us

Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition

204 Funkhouser Building
Lexington, KY 40506


Aaron Schwartz

Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Senior Academic Advisor

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Contact Information

Dr. Tammy J. Stephenson, PhD, FAND
Department Chair & Professor

202 Funkhouser Building Lexington, KY 40506-0054

+1 (859) 257-3800