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June 01, 2008 05:04PM
My name is Jilliana and I'm 17. I want to go to college for dance, and dietetics. Or if the dance doesn't work out, just dietetics. Since everyone in the chat here tells me that I should talk to Tatiana, I found out you run this group. I wondered if you could be any help to me! Like finding colleges or some advice. It would be so greatly appreciated!

-Jilliana =]
Re: college
June 02, 2008 08:30AM
You know, this is the second time around that someone has asked nutrition-related degrees. Last time I responded and closed the thread later, but if there is an interest, I think it would be worthwhile to keep one around.

Jilliana - I've gotten quite a few board members message me and whatnot asking about information on dietetics and whatnot. Hopefully I can help you out some!

A couple start off questions for you:
-Do you want to stay in the area you are currently or would you like to move? If you'd like to move, any preferences as to where?
-Any specific area of dietetics you are interested in specifically?
-What would you like to get out of dietetics, do you want to be a Registered Dietitian (that may end up being a follow up question, a lot of people aren't sure about this one, if not, just let me know!)
Re: college
June 02, 2008 12:33PM
I'd like to stay in PA, because state schools are usually much cheaper. I didn't know that there were different areas of dietetics! But I know I would like to be a registered dietitian. One of the schools I'm looking at is Indiana U. of Pennsylvania. They have both dance and dietetics programs. Thanks for helping me out with this stuff!
Re: college
June 03, 2008 09:31AM
Jilliana,

Here are some references that you may find worthwhile:

Info sheet on becoming an RD:
[www.eatright.org]



Flowchart:
[www.eatright.org]



Here is the contact info for the college you mentioned, I'd highly suggest contacting that RD listed there, who is the contact for the program:

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Department of Food and Nutrition
Ackerman Hall 14
911 South Drive
Indiana, PA 15705-1087


Accredited
Next Review: 1/1/2011

Rita M Johnson, PhD, RD, LDN, FADA
724/357-4440
Fax: 724/357-3007
E-Mail: rita.johnson@iup.edu
[www.hhs.iup.edu]

Enrollment: 90
Degree Granted: BS
Estimated Annual Tuition: Resident = $6654 Non Resident = $14508
Alternate Education: Evening didactic courses
Articulation: Agreement to transfer some course credits from DT programs or 2-year Colleges

and also the link for all the schools you can go to, alphabetical by state:
[www.eatright.org]


And of course after you finish your Bachelor's Degree you'll need to do your internship. The school you mentioned looks like it does offer an internship program, but there is an emphasis on Nutrition Education (it should still meet requirements but it has this specialty) so I'd look more into that and see if you want an emphasis or a general internship. Here's the info from this internship:

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Department of Food and Nutrition
Ackerman Hall 14
911 South Drive
Indiana, PA 15705-1087


Accredited
Next Review: 1/1/2011

Stephanie A Taylor-Davis, PhD, RD
724/357-4440
Fax: 724/357-7582
E-Mail: stdavis@iup.edu
[www.hhs.iup.edu]

Full Time Non Degree
Annual Enrollment: 12
Enrollment: July
Program Length: 12 Months
Emphasis: Nutrition Education
Estimated Total Tuition: Resident = $12652 Non Resident = $17087
Graduate Credit Offered: Some graduate credit
Computer Matching: April

and all the other internships available:
[www.eatright.org]


I hope that gets you started, please feel free to ask any questions you'd like, I'll answer them best I can!

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Re: college
June 29, 2008 05:26PM
Thanks so much for helping me out. That really helped. I haven't really had time to look at it until now, but thank you! Is that RD exam really difficult?
Re: college
June 30, 2008 09:10AM
Yes, the test is pretty hard. If you study hard for a few months you should be fine (make sure you study all the different areas). I know people who took it lightly and failed the test. Once you fail you have to wait before you can take it again.

No need to freak out, you just have to make sure you are fully prepared before trying to take it.
Re: college
July 11, 2008 04:25PM
Another thing; I'm a dancer and I originally wanted to just major in dance. But then I thought I really need something solid, and thats when I came up with majoring in dietetics. Do you think it would be incredibly hard to double major? I'm kinda getting that vibe that it would be. For me at least. I don't have an amazing work ethic.
Re: college
July 14, 2008 03:15PM
It kinda depends on what each major consists of, but you'd be taking two completely different sets of classes, I can't imagine there would be much, if any, overlap. I'd suggest sitting down with a counselor and ask them to help break it down for you. I'd think it will be quite a bit more difficult.
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