Dietetics

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 at ICC 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.

Career Opportunities

The Dietetics program has great opportunity for career advancement. Your education will prepare you to work in these areas:

  • Food service systems
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Meal planning/preparation in health care facilities, industrial cafeterias, prisons, and schools
  • Dietetic research and education

Advisors and Faculty

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Degree

Associate in Arts (Transfer Program)
Total Credit Hours: 60

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
ENGL 111 COMPOSITION II   3
COMM 110
or
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY 
or
3
COMM 212 PUBLIC SPEAKING  3
PSY 110 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY  3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 6
MATHEMATICS * 3
LIFE SCIENCE * 3 to 4
PHYSICAL SCIENCE * 3 to 4
FINE ARTS * 3
HUMANITIES * 3
HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
FCS 120 PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION  3
BIOL 210 MICROBIOLOGY  4

Elective Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
APPROVED ELECTIVES ** 15

*  See specific requirements for Associate in Arts Degree and seek the assistance of an advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.
** Electives should be chosen with the help of an advisor.

The student is encouraged to select electives that will provide additional expertise in math, business, economics, marketing and accounting. (Only transferable courses numbered 110 or higher will apply towards the 60 credit hours graduation degree requirements.)
Along with or after completion of the bachelor's degree, students must apply and obtain an internship which may be an additional 6 to 12 months long. These internships are highly competitive and require the student to maintain a good grade point average to make herself/himself more marketable. Once the bachelor's degree and internship is completed the student is then eligible to take the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's registration examination.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1ENGL 110; COMM 110 or COMM 212; PSY 110; Mathematics; Physical Science
Spring Semester 1ENGL 111; Humanities; Social Science; Life Science, FCS 120
Summer SemesterElective
Fall Semester 2BIOL 210; Humanities/Fine Art; Electives
Spring Semester 2Fine Arts, Social Science, Electives
Summer Semester

Program Contact Information

Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Department

Dietetics Program

ICC East Peoria Campus,  AIT Building, Room 118

Telephone: (309) 694-5496

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Teaching/Training

Related Programs

Family & Consumer Sciences