Nutrition and Dietetics

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The Nutrition and Dietetics degree pathway at Bakersfield College provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the field of nutrition and dietetics. The program includes courses in nutrition, chemistry, psychology, and anatomy, among others. Graduates of this program can go on to pursue careers as dietetic technicians, nutrition assistants, or transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor's degree in nutrition or dietetics.

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What is Nutrition and Dietetics?

Nutrition and Dietetics is a field focused on the study of the relationship between food, nutrition, and human health. It encompasses the science of nutrition and the application of this knowledge to promote health and prevent and treat diseases. Nutrition and Dietetics professionals work with individuals, families, and communities to assess nutritional needs, develop individualized nutrition plans, and provide education on healthy eating habits. They may work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, schools, public health agencies, and private practice, among others. Nutrition and Dietetics is an important field as good nutrition plays a critical role in maintaining health and preventing chronic diseases.

Is Nutrition and Dietetics for Me?

A Nutrition and Dietetics associate degree program would benefit individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of nutrition and dietetics. This program is ideal for individuals who are passionate about health and wellness, and who want to learn how to apply the principles of nutrition to help others. A Nutrition and Dietetics associate degree may also be a good fit for individuals who are looking for a career change or who want to supplement their existing skills and knowledge with a foundation in nutrition and dietetics.

There are several key traits and skills that would make someone a good fit for studying Nutrition and Dietetics. Here are some examples:

  • Strong interest in health and wellness
  • Strong listening and communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Strong work ethic

Nutrition and Dietetics Degree and Certificate

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Students will learn about chemicals and nutrients in food and their effects on the human body and the world. The study of nutritional science contributes to preparing students for careers as nutritionists, registered dietitians (RD), food scientists, or other dietetics professionals.
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Program provides training for students planning employment in the food service department of a health care operation. Courses in this program meet State of California Department of Health Services certification requirements.

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Nutrition and Dietetics Careers

An associate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics can lead to several rewarding careers. Here are some examples:

  1. Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR): Dietetic Technicians work under the supervision of registered dietitians to develop and implement nutrition plans for individuals and communities. They also educate clients about healthy eating habits, monitor their progress, and evaluate the effectiveness of the nutrition plans.
  2. Nutrition Assistant: Nutrition Assistants work in various settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, and public health agencies, such as WIC, to help educate clients on nutrition information, manage food inventory, and ensure compliance with dietary guidelines.
  3. Food Service Manager: Food Service Managers are responsible for overseeing the daily operations of food service facilities, including menu planning, food preparation, and staff management. They also ensure that the facility complies with food safety regulations and dietary guidelines.
  4. Community Health Worker: Community Health Workers work with individuals and communities to promote health and wellness, provide education on healthy eating habits, and help individuals navigate the healthcare system. They may also provide referrals to other healthcare professionals as needed.
  5. Health and Wellness Coach: Health and Wellness Coaches work with clients to set and achieve health and wellness goals, including weight loss, disease management, and stress reduction. They provide education on healthy eating habits, exercise, and other lifestyle changes to improve overall health and well-being.
  6. Wellness Program Coordinator: Wellness Program Coordinators design and implement workplace wellness programs to promote healthy behaviors and prevent chronic diseases. They may develop nutrition education programs, organize fitness challenges, and provide resources to help employees improve their health.

Overall, a Nutrition and Dietetics associate degree provides a solid foundation for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Graduates of this program can expect to find rewarding careers that allow them to help individuals and communities live healthier lives.

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Beyond BC

Transfer to a University

Graduates with an Associate Degree from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Some students may want to further their education and obtain a Masters Degree in Nutrition to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). More information on careers in Nutrition and Dietetics  and how to become an DTR/NDTR or an RDN.

Academic Department: Family and Consumer Education

Career & Learning Pathway: Agriculture, Nutrition, and Culinary Arts

Courses: Nutrition (NUTR)


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