Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics graduates have careers in general medical nutrition therapy; specialty areas such as renal dietetics, diabetes care, nutrition support and sports nutrition; food service management for hospitals, schools, universities or corporations; and community nutrition agencies. Some graduates have used their entrepreneurial skills to develop their own nutrition-related businesses. Read our Success Stories to see what alumni have to say about their experiences.
Becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD) or Licensed Dietitian - Nutritionist (LDN)
To become a registered dietitian (RD), or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), you must successfully complete an education program or programs that provide required dietetics coursework and at least 1200 hours of required supervised practice experiences to meet the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics core knowledge and competency requirements to become a registered dietitian. A verification statement is issued to individuals who successfully complete the program as evidence of eligibility to sit for the national credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian. Some students meet these requirements by completing a didactic program in nutrition and dietetics and then applying to and completing an internship. However, Seton Hill’s accredited coordinated program provides you with both the dietetics coursework and supervised practice experience necessary for eligibility to take the exam. Upon completion of Seton Hill’s program you can take advantage of a wide array of opportunities in health care, medicine, community service, industry, science, business and education. After passing the national registration examination, you can decide whether to use the designation RD or RDN.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has defined requirements for obtaining the credential licensed dietitian-nutritionist (LDN). Much like the RD, individuals with the credential LDN have met specific dietetics education, experience and examination requirements. Seton Hill alumni who become registered dietitians can then apply for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Career & Professional Development Center Works With You Throughout Your Academic Career – and After You Graduate
As a Seton Hill student you have the opportunity to work with career advisors who are committed to supporting you throughout your education – and who will continue to do so after you graduate.
Career advisors can provide:
- Major & Career Exploration Advice.
- Resume & Career Document Development.
- Interview Preparation.
- Networking Information.
- Internship & Job Search Resources. Graduate & Professional School Planning.
Find out more at setonhill.edu/careerservices.