I have been asked time and time again if it’s worth it to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I LOVE my role and want to provide some insight on the journey to getting there. This post will tell you all about the prerequisite courses that will set you up for success in your future journey of becoming a dietitian.
Today, we are going to talk about the prerequisites required for a dietetics program in my second post about my journey to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist. If you missed the first post about choosing the program for you, click here to check it out!
If you are going back to school to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, you most likely have quite a few prerequisites to take. In my first undergraduate degree, I studied music and arts administration so I was literally starting from scratch with the courses I had to take.
From what I understand, many prerequisites for dietetics programs are very similar. That being said, you will want to make a list of the specific prereqs you will need for the program you are working towards.
The courses I find are necessary for most programs are:
Some other courses that may be required
The courses I had to take prior to beginning my program:
The courses I took while completing my nutrition program:
I completed all of these courses through online programs that were accepted through my school so that I had flexible hours allowing me to work part time and so that when we moved for Brian’s residency I didn’t have to worry about being done with my coursework. I could easily take it with me wherever we moved!
While it has been very convenient to take these courses online, I’ll admit that it is very challenging because I feel as though I am teaching myself almost all of the material. Some of the courses have powerpoints and lectures, but it’s not quite the same as sitting in an actual lecture or having a conversation about the topic with your professor. Basically, all of the courses require a lot of reading. a lot of hours, and a lot of organization. It’s not impossible, but if I could choose to take some of these courses again I would probably choose to take them in the classroom setting.Checkout my guide with prereqs needed to become an #RDN Click To Tweet
Some online programs I have taken courses through are:
When thinking about what order to complete the courses, I would recommend starting with Chemistry 1 and Biology 1. These classes are very general, but many of the more advanced courses (organic chemistry, biochem, microbio, etc) refer to material that you learn in these courses, so it’s good to get them out of the way.
OK! That’s a lot of information, but hopefully, it’s a starting point for those that are interested in going back to school for nutrition.