Turn your passion for nutrition and wellness into a career.

Dietetics is a rapidly growing career field. As a registered dietitian, you can help people apply the principles of nutrition to their everyday lives so they can live a better, healthier life.

Mount Mary University is a recognized leader in dietetics education in southeastern Wisconsin. Our programs, accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, combine the required 1,200 hours of supervised experiential learning with the coursework to prepare you to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians and become a registered dietitian.

 

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3+2 Program

Dietitians are expected to perform at a high level of practice, much like their healthcare partners in nursing, medicine, occupational therapy and more. As of January 2024, all entry-level dietitians must hold a master's degree or higher.

Incoming Mount Mary undergraduate students (high school students and transfer students) complete a Bachelor of Science (Human Biology: Pre-Dietetics concentration or Psychology: Pre-Dietetics concentration) which flows into the Integrated M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics program. These students earn 20 graduate credits during their senior year, which apply toward the M.S.

  • Accelerated time to completion: Since courses taken in the student's fourth year count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree, students will save one year of study compared to competitor programs.
  • Budget-friendly: Students in the program save significantly on tuition costs by paying undergraduate tuition in their fourth year (which includes generous financial aid and scholarships), while earning graduate credits.

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Direct admission for high school and transfer students

High school students and transfer students who are in good academic standing can receive direct admission to Mount Mary's Integrated M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. Simply apply to Mount Mary; no additional application is required to be considered for direct admission. This means that you'll have a guaranteed spot* in the graduate dietetics program.

*Note: Students must meet progression standards to maintain this guaranteed spot.

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Other pathways

Students entering with a non-nutrition bachelor's degree:

Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree and are seeking a degree in dietetics can earn an Integrated Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics from Mount Mary. Click here for details.

Students entering with a dietetic or nutrition science degree and with or without a verification statement:

Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree in dietetics or nutrition and are seeking a degree in dietetics can earn an Integrated Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics from Mount Mary. Click here for details.

If you are looking to enroll in Mount Mary's Dietetics Internship Program, please click here for more information.

Registered dietitians:

Registered dietitians seeking a master's degree can click here for information on our Post-Professional Master of Science in Dietetics.

Current students enrolled in Mount Mary's Coordinated Program:

Students currently enrolled in this program can click here to access the student handbook. Note: The Coordinated Program in Dietetics will close in May 2022, as current students complete the program.

More about Mount Mary's Dietetics Program

Dietetics courses cover areas such as biology, chemistry, nutrition, human physiology, food preparation and management, food safety, psychology, sociology and counseling strategies.

Complete degree requirements and a listing of courses are available in the following:

Faculty

The School of Natural and Health Sciences and Education at Mount Mary is rich with talented faculty who care about their students.

High school & transfer students:

To pursue a dietetics bachelor’s degree, you must first apply online to Mount Mary University. The dietetics application process includes a review of your GPA and course history to determine if you will also receive direct admission into our Integrated Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics. If you receive direct admission, this means that you will have a guaranteed spot in Mount Mary's graduate dietetics program provided you meet the department's progression requirements. Students who are not directly admitted can still apply to the M.S. program under standard admission in the second semester of their junior year.


Students entering with a non-nutrition bachelor's degree:

Click here for information on how to apply to our Integrated Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics.


Students entering with a dietetic or nutrition science degree and with or without a verification statement:

Click here for information on how to apply to our Integrated Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics.
Click here for information on how to apply to our Dietetics Internship Program.


Registered dietitians:

Click here for information on how to apply to our Post-Professional Master of Science in Dietetics.

Mount Mary’s Integrated M.S. in Nutrition & Dietetics includes the 1,200 hours of supervised experiential learning you need to be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians upon graduation. This means that you do not need to complete a separate internship experience.

The supervised experiential learning is performed during your senior year. Documentation of a physical examination, immunizations, drug testing and a background check are required to participate in supervised experiential learning.

Initially, your supervised experiential learning hours will be accomplished with Mount Mary faculty on-site. In your final year, your supervised experiential learning hours will be completed with a preceptor (a dietetics professional who is dedicated to working with students). Your supervised experiential learning hours will focus on:

  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Community/consumer nutrition
  • Foodservice management

Practicum site locations include hospitals, outpatient clinics, school districts, nursing homes, businesses, public health departments, food service companies and social service agencies.

Become a Registered Dietitian

The Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, administers the Registration Examination for Dietitians to individuals seeking the professional distinction and credential of Registered Dietitian (RD).

Successful completion of the Integrated M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics prepares you for the RD exam and for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We encourage you to talk with your faculty adviser prior to taking the RD exam to ensure you are fully prepared. You will meet with your academic advisor in the dietetics department each semester to ensure that all requirements are met.

Registered Dietitians are eligible for certification in the State of Wisconsin.

Through a career in dietetics, you can help people apply the principles of nutrition to their everyday lives so they can live a better, healthier life.

Dietitians who work in clinical dietetics assess, educate and counsel individuals to help manage or prevent medical conditions. They can also manage large foodservice departments or provide nutrition services to the community. The median annual salary for dietitians is about $61,270, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

As a dietitian, you may counsel people to help them manage obesity, diabetes, heart disease, eating disorders or other conditions requiring a modified diet, manage a large foodservice operation, or provide nutrition services to the community. You could work for organizations such as:

  • food product corporations
  • food service companies
  • government agencies
  • grocery stores
  • hospitals
  • nonprofit or social service agencies
  • nursing homes
  • private practice
  • restaurants
  • schools

You can get involved in several service learning activities or student clubs and organizations at Mount Mary. Join the Nutrition and Dietetics Club or help in the community garden which donates 100% of the harvest to area food pantries.

Scholarships for Dietetics Majors

The Jim and Claire Grammling Scholarship is designated for students majoring in dietetics. Contact the dietetics department director for more details. Learn about other scholarships available at Mount Mary.

Scholarships for Dietetics Majors

Accreditation

Mount Mary’s well-respected Dietetics programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600, ext. 5500.

Outcomes data for our Dietetics programs is available on request.

Commission on Dietetic Registration Requirements

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's -website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree.

In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited undergraduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics program at Mount Mary University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.

In order to address this need, the Mount Mary University Integrated Masters of Science Program in Nutrition and Dietetics will begin in Fall 2021. Students will achieve not only the Master’s degree, but also the required coursework and supervised experiential hours, in order to be verified to take the Registered Dietitian examination. The Coordinated Program in Dietetics will close in May 2022, as current students complete the program. For more information, please contact the Dietetics Department at (414) 930-3167.

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