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Outcomes - Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

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The Messiah College nutrition and dietetics major  is approved by ACEND as the  first step towards becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist (RD or RDN).    To achieve the RDN credential, graduates  must successfully apply to and complete ACEND accredited dietetic internships and pass a national registration exam.  RDNs provide nutrition education, counseling, and medical nutrition therapy in a wide variety of health care and business settings.  

Graduates who do not begin ACEND-approved dietetic internships after graduation are able to take the national dietetic technician, registered (DTR) exam and work as dietetic technicians in health care settings, nutrition counselors in community nutrition programs, and food service managers in health care institutions, schools and industry.  Additionally, graduates may choose to continue their education by applying to graduate school in areas such as nutrition science, public health, nutrition education, or international nutrition.

Where they work

  • Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Fresenius Medical Care
  • Giant Food Stores
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Hamilton Health Center
  • Harrisburg Hospital
  • Holy Spirit Hospital
  • James J Peters VA Medical Center
  • Manheim School District
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Medifast
  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network
  • Philadelphia Food Trust
  • Redstone Highlands Health Care
  • Shephard Pratt Hospital
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC)

What they do

  • Assistant Food Service Director
  • Clinical Dietitian
  • Dietetic Intern
  • Dietetic Technician
  • Food Service Manager
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Nutrition Counselor
  • Registered (DTR)
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN)
  • Renal Dietitian
  • Research Dietitian

Graduate school

  • Brooklyn College
  • Cedar Crest College Dietetic Internship
  • College of St. Elizabeth Dietetic Internship
  • Immaculata University
  • Inspira Health Dietetic Internship
  • James J Peters VA Dietetic Internship
  • Messiah College Dietetic Internship
  • Morrison Chartwells Dietetic Internship
  • Penn State University
  • Sodexo Dietetic Internship
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • University of Washington
  • West Virginia University
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95% of Messiah College graduates are employed full-time or in graduate or professional programs six to nine months after graduation.