The Top Ranked Dietician Colleges


Dietitians plan food and nutrition programs and promote healthy eating habits, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of dietitians is projected to rise 9 percent between 2008 and 2018. Median annual wages of dietitians and nutritionists in May 2008 were $50,590. The nation's top dietitian colleges are approved by the American Dietetic Association and offer classroom instruction and preparation for clinical training, according to, a guide to top accredited medical and vocational schools.

Kansas State University

  • Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, offers both a coordinated bachelor's degree program in dietetics and a didactic program in dietetics. The didactic program teaches the academic portion a student needs to become a dietitian, while the coordinated program incorporates an internship into the classroom studies. The university's programs are considered among the top for dietitians because both programs meet the requirements of the American Dietetic Association and work with specific colleges to accept credits from a two-year dietetic degree. After students in either program complete an internship, they can complete the national Registration Examination for Dietitians of the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Dietetic courses include the basics of nutrition, the science of food, nutrient metabolism, the principles of food production management and financial management in dietetics. Students also can take courses online. Kansas State University was founded in 1863, according to

    Kansas State University
    College of Human Ecology
    119 Justin Hall
    Manhattan, KS 66506

California State University--Long Beach

  • California State University in Long Beach, California, offers a bachelor's degree program in dietetics and food administration with an option in nutrition and dietetics. Students studying nutrition and dietetics take classes on nutritional science, medical nutrition therapy, food production and chemistry. This is a didactic program in the department of family and consumer sciences that prepares students for internships and work in the field. The university is considered a top dietitian school because its didactic program fulfills the American Dietetic Association requirements to become a registered dietitian with the appropriate electives. The university also has an accredited dietetic internship that lasts nine months and allows students to create a professional network. With this degree, students can work for community nutrition programs, hospitals/clinics, private consulting groups, research facilities and government agencies. California State University at Long Beach was founded in 1949.

    California State University--Long Beach
    1250 N. Bellflower Blvd.
    Long Beach, CA 90815

Florida International University

  • Florida International University in Miami, Florida, offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in dietetics and nutrition. Both didactic and coordinated programs are available at the bachelor's degree level. Master's degree students learn how to use scientific methods, interpret and apply findings to address community nutrition issues and also can complete a practicum in the coordinated master's program. The doctoral program is suitable for professionals and physicians who want to influence nutrition policy and programs or work in research or academia. The university is considered a top dietitian school because it offers a plethora of degrees at various levels as options for students who are interested in this field, and the opportunity to do research makes it an especially good choice for students who are interested in the clinical or scientific side of dietitics. Florida International University was founded in 1965, according to the

    Florida International University
    Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
    11200 S.W. Eighth Street, HLS 595
    Miami, FL 33199


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