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.
Course work in your first semesters is a combination of general education and introductory courses. General education courses include:
- English composition
- Physiology and anatomy
‘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:
- 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
- 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.
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.