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Anonymous asked in HealthMental Health · 9 years ago

Applied Human Nutrition at University?

I am interested in applying to an applied human nutrition program and becoming a dietitian. I was diagnosed with and hospitalized for anorexia nervosa over a year ago, and am currently recovering and decided that becoming a dietitian is what I want to do because I would like to help people who have issues around food as I did, and to better understand health. I feel that this would be an excellent coping mechanism for myself. However I was informed that I likely will not even be accepted into the program. Does anyone know how long you have to be "recovered" from something like that before they allow you to take that type of program?

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  • 9 years ago
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    I wanted to first congratulate you for being in recovery! It's best to have been in recovery for quite a while (it's all relative as far as time) so that you would be able to objectively treat patients. A school, however, is unable to not accept students based on illness or disability. Those types of questions are illegal on a job or school application and during an interview (or, in general). The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 permits that everyone with some type of illness has equal rights for employment as long as the individual doesn't place "undue hardship" on the company or business.

    If you're interested in a nutrition/dietetics course of study, please only consider programs accredited by the American Dietetic Association. It seems as though a lot of Registered Dietitians (RDs) have a master's degree, but there are bachelor's degree level programs. The student would need to successfully complete a clinical fieldwork component under supervision and pass a registration examination in order to possibly find a job.

    This site is supposed to have accredited programs in dietetics: http://www.eatright.org/Students and then can click "Accredited Programs" or such.

    For general career information: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos077.htm#training

    U.S. colleges: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ

    This site has more information and resources pertaining to eating disorders: http://www.something-fishy.org

    This other site has additional information re: (regarding) eating disorders: http://www.helpguide.org/topics/eating_disorders.h...

    Wishing you much wellness and continued recovery.

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