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Dietetics

Associate in Science (Transfer Program) - 60 Credit Hours

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Program Information/Mission:
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.

Admission to the Program:

The student enrolling in this curriculum should have academic placement test scores for reading at a college level. Completion of high school algebra and geometry, and/or placement test scores into MATH 110 or 115 at Illinois Central College are favorable.

High school recommendations include 2 to 3 years laboratory science, including biology and chemistry; 3 to 4 years English; 1 year algebra and 1 year geometry with grade averages of "C" or better in each of these high school courses.

Program Note:
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 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's registration examination.

Recommended Course Sequence:

Fall Semester 1:
ENGL 110; COMM 110; PSY 110; Mathematics; BIOL 140

Spring Semester 1:
ENGL 111; Humanities; BIOL 210; Mathematics; Social Science

Fall Semester 2:
CHEM 120; Social Science; Fine Arts; FCS 120

Spring Semester 2:
CHEM 122; Humanities/Fine Arts; Electives

Summer Semester 2:


Course Information:
Required General Education Courses
CourseNameCredit
FINE ARTS *3
HUMANITIES *3
HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS *3
MATHEMATICS **3
MATHEMATICS **3
SOCIAL SCIENCE **3
SOCIAL SCIENCE **3
BIOL 210MICROBIOLOGY 4
CHEM 120PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I 4
COMM 110COMMUNICATION: PROCESS AND PRACTICE 3
ENGL 110COMPOSITION I 3
ENGL 111COMPOSITION II  3
PSY 110INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3
Required Program Courses
CourseNameCredit
BIOL 140HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 4
CHEM 122PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY 4
FCS 120PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION 3
Elective Courses
CourseNameCredit
APPROVED ELECTIVES ***8 to 9

* See specific requirements for Associate in Science Degree.
** Mathematics and Social Sciences should be chosen with the help of an advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.
*** Electives should be chosen with the help of an advisor. Suggested courses: BIOL 111, 160, BUS 110, CMPSC 120, ACCTG 120.

The student is encouraged to select electives that will provide additional expertise in medical terminology, math, business, economics, marketing and accounting. (Only transferable courses numbered 110 or higher will apply towards the 60 credit hours graduation degree requirements.)

For Program Information Contact:

Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Department

Dietetics Program

ICC East Peoria Campus, Room 118

Telephone: Last name (A-L) (309) 694-5117; (M-Z) (309) 694-5496