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Overview: Dietitians plan and manage nutritional medicine service operations and also provide clinical dietetic activities. They directly supervise food selection and preparation within hospitals and other medical facilities and consult on diet programs for flying personnel. Dietitians also act as nutritional consultants within the community and with government and private agencies.
- Manage nutritional medicine activities including evaluation of food preparation and service
- Perform clinical dietetics activities including interviewing, evaluating and monitoring of patients
- Assist the Flight Surgeon on diet programs for flying personnel
- Act as community consultant in schools, childcare centers and other facilities or organizations
- For entry into this specialty, completion of a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university and coursework accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the AND is required. This must be followed by successful completion of one of the following AND-accredited supervised practice programs: dietetic internship with generalist (or military) emphasis or coordinated program in dietetics with generalist emphasis, and successful completion of the registration examination for dietitians, resulting in status as a Registered Dietitian. Entry into the US Military Dietetic Internship Consortium and Graduate Program in Nutrition requires completion of a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university and completion of a didactic program in dietetics approved by ACEND.
- For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Officer Training School Abbreviated. This five-week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.