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Dietitian - Pre Dietitics Transfer Program

Pre-Dietetics Associate Degree Transfer Program (3050) - Harrisburg
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Description of Occupation - Dietitians are highly skilled qualified professionals with in-depth training in food and nutrition. They can be found in a wide variety of work settings and are responsible for personnel management, menu planning, budgeting and purchasing when employed in health care institutions, schools, cafeterias and restaurants. Clinical dietitians are a vital part of the medical team in hospitals and nursing homes, health maintenance organizations and other health care facilities. They work with physicians, nurses and therapists to help speed a patient’s recovery.

Dietitians plan nutrition programs and supervise the preparation and serving of meals. They help prevent and treat illnesses by promoting healthy eating habits. They scientifically evaluate clients’ diets and suggest modifications. In other job settings they will use their knowledge of nutrition and food management for a wide variety of reasons.

Individuals who enjoy working with people and have a strong interest in food and nutrition, possess good judgment and understanding of human nature, motivation and initiative to work independently, and the ability to identify and solve problems are well suited to a varying and challenging career in dietetics.

College Program Admission Requirements
- High school diploma or GED; high school biology, chemistry, mathematics, health and home economics; HACC placement tests. Additionally, submission of a criminal record check and/or child abuse history clearance may be required for employment.

Length of Program and College Degree Conferred - The pre-dietetics transfer program is 68 credits, sequenced in 5 semesters, with the awarding of an associate in arts degree upon successful completion. Completion time can vary depending on a candidate's background and need for identified preparatory skills and coursework and the student's rate of study. The complete program is available at the Harrisburg Campus. Some required courses are available at the Gettysburg, Lancaster and Lebanon campuses and at other sites.

This career requires a bachelor's degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, food service systems management or a related area. Graduate programs are available for those interested in research, advanced clinical positions, public health, management or business. Dietitians possess a wide variety of advanced degrees.

Places of Employment 
Over half the positions for dietitians are in health care facilities, but dietitians may be employed in restaurants, fitness facilities and government agencies.

Salary Ranges for Geographical Area
$54,522 median salary using zip code 17110 February 2014 -

Related Websites For Additional Information About The Career
Career Infonet with salary and job outlook statistics, career video and licensing requirements
American Dietetic Association

If you have specific questions about the Dietitian program, contact (not in Health Careers department):
Mary Fourlas 717-780-2407

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