Dietetics Program Description
Dietitians establish nutritional care plans, help prevent and treat illnesses
through the promotion of healthy eating habits, assess and evaluate clients'
nutritional needs, and oversee institutional food service systems. They
also counsel individuals and groups on nutritional practices, supervise
food service personnel and large scale meal planning and preparation in
health care facilities, industrial cafeterias, prisons and schools, oversee
food purchases, and participate in dietetic research and education.
To become a Registered Dietitian (RD), a four-year degree in Dietetics/Nutrition
is required. The dietetics course of study at Illinois Central College
allows students to readily transfer into the junior year at a four-year
institution. After completion of the bachelor's degree, students must
apply for an internship, which is approximately 6 to 12 months long. These
internships are highly competitive and therefore require the student to
maintain a good grade point average to make himself/herself more marketable.
Once the internship is completed, the student is then eligible to take
the American Dietetics Association registration examination.