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School of Health Sciences and Wellness Dietetics Degree

Major

Improve and maintain health through nutrition

The dietetics program at UW-Stevens Point provides the skills and information you need to become a professionally recognized food and nutrition expert and assist others to make food choices that will help prevent and treat illnesses. Our emphasis areas include: 

  • Clinical Dietetics 
  • Community Nutrition 
  • Food Service Management 
  • Nutrition Education 
  • Public Health 
  • Sustainable Food Systems 

Why study Dietetics at UW-Stevens Point?

Our program owns and operates the CPS Café that serves as our Food Service Management lab and challenges you to incorporate local foods into recipes. The CPS Café gives you the chance to learn all aspects of food-service operation and environmentally-friendly management.
5-year Program Options
Dietetics

5-Year Program Options

Students majoring in dietetics also have the opportunity to apply for early admission into two related graduate programs for a combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees (4+1) in just five years.
CPS Cafe Students
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CPS Café

CPS Café is a unique food service business open to the public. Dietetics students operate the CPS Café and experience all aspects of food service operation and management. CPS Café offers the best natural and organic foods. The menu focuses on healthy eating choices. The food is sourced from sustainable local farms and the café uses green-sustainable practices in the operation. Fair trade coffees and bakery from scratch are featured every morning. Vegetarian and handmade soups, organic ranged meats and roasted organic vegetables are offered for lunch.
Dietetics Internship Placements
Dietetics

Graduates matched with internships

It was a perfect match this spring as all seven dietetics students from UW-Stevens Point who applied for a dietetic internship were successfully matched for their 1,200-hour supervised internship that is a necessary prerequisite for becoming a Registered Dietitian.
Alumni Map
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Alumni Map

Where are they now?

UW-Stevens Point alumni live and work all over the world—so if you’re looking for networking opportunities close to a new home or contact info for fellow Pointer in another city, you’re in luck. Looking for a fellow Pointer near you or want to add your pin? Start with our map.
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Accelerated Bachelor’s + Master’s 5-Year Program Options

Students majoring in dietetics (B.S.) or sustainable food and nutrition (B.A.) have the opportunity to apply for early admission into either of the two graduate programs offered by the School of Health Sciences and Wellness:

Advantages of the 5-Year Option

  • Efficient curriculum: 8 credits count in both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees
  • Save time: complete both degrees in 5 years
  • Seamless transition to the M.S., which will be required starting in 2024 for those seeking the RD credential
  • Flexibility: M.S. courses are 100% online and can be taken from anywhere

In semester 6 of the undergraduate program in dietetics or sustainable food and nutrition, students can apply for acceptance into the accelerated tracks. Prior to submitting an application, students must discuss their suitability for the accelerated track with their academic adviser prior to submitting an application. Acceptance into an accelerated track requires completion of the bachelor’s degree.

What to Expect? 

Program and course requirements for the dietetics major can be found in our course catalog. The dietetics program follows the current academic calendar for program completion. Students/interns will need to have a master’s degree in order to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist after Jan. 1, 2024.  

Courses focusing on medical nutrition therapy, nutritional counseling, community programs, sustainable food systems and foodservice management will give you a broad base of knowledge. This accredited coursework is called the didactic program and successfully completing this program is the first step to prepare you to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR). After completing your degree and receiving a verification statement, to become an RDN you must complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice, also called a dietetic internship, then pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s dietetic registration exam. Some states, such as Wisconsin, also require state licensure before practicing. To become a NDTR after completing your degree and receiving a verification statement, you must pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s registration examination for NDTRs. 

RDNs and NDTRs have a range of career options in areas such as: 

  • medical nutrition therapy 
  • education 
  • community programs 
  • administration, consulting 
  • sustainable food systems 
  • public health 
  • research 
  • corporate wellness 
  • agribusiness 
  • food-service management 
  • food technology 

Get Involved on Campus

The Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) is designed for students interested in gaining practical experience in nutrition and dietetics. Membership gives you many opportunities to gain hands-on experience in hospitals, schools and the community. It also helps you build professional skills, and network with students, alumni and local professionals. As a SAND member, you may receive funding to attend annual conferences such as:

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

The faculty and staff members of the School of Health Sciences and Wellness are committed to developing professionals who study, promote and model lifelong wellness for individuals, families and communities, building a stronger, healthier community.
Jasia Steinmetz

Jasia Steinmetz

  • Professor – Food and Nutrition
  • Director – Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Coordinator – M.S. in Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems
715-346-4087
Deborah Tang

Deborah Tang

  • Senior Lecturer – Food and Nutrition
  • Program Director – Food and Nutrition
715-346-2749
Annie Wetter

Annie Wetter

  • Professor – Nutrition
  • Director – Graduate Programs
715-346-2108
James Witham

James Witham

  • Manager – CPS Café
715-346-4848

Accreditation

ACEND

ACEND Accreditation

The UW-Stevens Point dietetics program has a five-year pass rate of 79 percent on the national RD exam for those taking the exam the first time and 96 percent pass rate for everyone taking the exam during their first year (first time plus repeat attempts). The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), an affiliate for the professional organization, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 Chicago, IL 60606-6995 Phone: 312-899-0040 x5400. We continually assess our objectives to meet our goals and provide a quality education for our UW-Stevens Point dietetics students; please contact program director Professor Jasia Steinmetz, RD, CD to request program outcomes data.