Dietetics Blog

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Ashland University's Dietetics Program Recognized as One of the Top 50 Programs in the Country

Ashland University’s Dietetics Program, which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND), has been selected as one of the top nutrition programs in the United States.  

“Ashland’s undergraduate degree program in dietetics offers a very challenging curriculum and is a program designed for the more serious student,” Vanata said. “There are only about 10 accredited programs in the state and we are one of only four private schools in Ohio offering this type of accredited program.”

Vanata said the accreditation certifies that the University is offering a top-notch program and also means that graduates of Ashland’s program will be eligible to apply for a ACEND-accredited dietetic internship following graduation. “These postgraduate internships are very competitive and will require an impressive GPA and work-related summer experiences, but once completed the student can sit for the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration,” he said.

The complete ranking of the Best Nutrition Programs of 2015-2016 can be seen at

Some of our Dietetics Students - 2017


In today’s world more people are having health-related issues that are directly associated with their nutritional intake.  Becoming a Registered Dietitian will provide you the educational knowledge and credentials to help people and to truly “make a difference” in their lives.

What is Dietetics?

Dietetics is the major, field of study and profession that combines nutrition, health and science knowledge to help individuals and communities address their nutritional well-being.

What is a Registered Dietitian (RDN)?

A Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential "RDN." The majority of RDNs work in the treatment and prevention of disease (administering medical nutrition therapy, often part of medical teams), in hospitals, HMOs, private practice or other health-care facilities. In addition, a large number of RDNs work in community and public health settings and academia and research. A growing number of RDNs work in the food and nutrition industry, business, journalism, sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs.

Is Dietetics for You?

Do you see yourself counseling individuals about nutrition and eating behaviors to improve their health and well-being?

Would you enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, athletes or seniors?

Would you enjoy learning about the science of nutrition, how the body utilizes nutrients and how to medically treat diseases with nutrition therapy?

Would you like a major and a career path that is challenging, rewarding and growing in opportunities?

Then becoming a Registered Dietitian could be exactly what you are looking for.


First Graduating Class of 2013

Graduating Class of 2013

Our first group of dietetics students graduated in 2013 and have moved on to supervised internships and employment opportunities. These included Vanderbilt University, Syracuse University, Bowling Green University, Fontbonne University, Cedar Crest College and Clemson University.

AU Dietetics Program Graduates have a 100% Pass Rate on the RDN Exam!

Ashland University Dietetics

Dietetics classes you will take

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4-year sequence of courses

Rotation of Required Courses

Here is the scheduled teaching rotation for the required courses for a major in Dietetics.

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