Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Schools & Job Training  > Becoming a Dietitian

Becoming a Dietitian Cost


How Much Does Becoming a Dietitian Cost?

 
low costLicensing: $100-$300average costBachelor's Degree: $5,000-$20,000+ Per Yearhigh costMaster's Degree: $15,000-$61,000
post Post    

Dietitians prevent and treat illnesses through public education on healthy dietary choices. For example, dietitians might plan food and nutrition programs for specific patients based on the needs for a low-fat or low-sodium diet. They may work for hospitals, schools and government agencies. The American Dietetic Association[1] distinguishes dietitians from nutritionists based the specific education and certification received.

Typical costs:

  • A bachelor's degree ranges from $5,000 per year at a state college to $20,000 or more per year at a private college. The Bureau of Labor Statistics[2] recommends that dietitians earn a bachelor's degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, food service systems management, or a related area. A specific undergraduate degree is not always required, but many schools such as the University of Kansas[3] say coursework in biology, chemistry, physiology, and nutrition are prerequisites. Eastern Michigan University[4] 's online bachelor's in dietetics is 58 credit hours and costs $14,300.
  • A master's degree in dietetics costs $15,000-$61,000, and can help dietitians seeking careers such as research, public health or advanced clinical work. At the University of Kansas[5] , a master's degree in Dietetics costs $10,000 for in-state tuition and $24,000 for non-resident tuition for the 33 credit program. A Master of Science in Public Health/Registered Dietitian (MSPH/RD) degree at John Hopkins University[6] in Baltimore costs $61,120. This degree program takes 18 months to complete and has an emphasis on public health nutrition.
  • Licensure, certification or registration requirements vary by state and cost $100-$300. Unlicensed individuals may be able to practice as a dietitian in certain states, but may not use certain titles. Minnesota[7] charges licensing fees of $100-$200 for the application (depending on desired registration), $165 for the license, and $50 for annual renewal. In New York, certification for a dietitian costs $294. In Oregon[8] , certification costs $50 for the application, $75 for initial certification, and $75 for annual renewal. Applicants must obtain a passing score on the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) test and hold a four-year degree in a related field.
Related articles: Becoming a Nutritionist, College

What should be included:
  • A degree in dietetics should include coursework in foods, nutrition, foodservice management, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, anatomy, business, and communication according to the American Dietetic Association[9] .
Additional costs:
  • Cost of living and other fees can add $10,000-$35,000 per year to a student's tuition cost. For example, John Hopkins University[10] in Baltimore, MD, estimates additional fees of $12,000-$22,000 per year for housing, $3,000-$12,000 per year for meals, and $2,400 in www.hopkinsbayview.org/nutrition/MSPH>additional fees like transportation, uniforms, health insurance and textbooks.
Discounts:
  • Scholarships from organizations and colleges may be available to help pay for training in dietetics. The American Dietetic Association[11] grants scholarships of $500-$3,000. Marywood University in Scranton, PA, offers various scholarships specifically through the nutrition and dietetics department, as does Iowa State University in Ames, IA.
Shopping for becoming a dietitian:
  • Students should attend a coordinated program in dietetics, as recognized by the American Dietetic Association[12] .
  • The Commission on Dietetic Registration lists licensing, certification, or registration requirements for dietitians by state. In the 33 states requiring licensure, like Alabama and Maryland, it is illegal to practice as a dietitian without that license. In the 12 states requiring certification, such as Connecticut and Indiana, a dietitian can still practice the occupation, but state rules limit the use of particular titles. Registration is the least common among state guidelines, and is specific to California. It is the least restrictive in the use of titles and adherence to qualifications.
post Post    
CostHelper News


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013


Fix-it Favorites: Duct Tape and WD-40
My mother taught me that all home fixit-projects can be accomplished with either duct tape or WD-40. If something shouldn't move and it does, use duct tape. If something should move and it doesn't, use WD-40. || Posted September 30 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Becoming a Dietitian
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Program: School: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.eatright.org/HealthProfessionals/content.aspx?id=6859
  2.  www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Dietitians-and-nutritionists.htm
  3.  www.dietetics.kumc.edu/masters-eligibility.html
  4.  www.emich.edu/sbs/tuitionfeesoutline.php
  5.  www.kumc.edu/student-services/office-of-the-registrar/current-students/tuition-and...
  6.  www.hopkinsbayview.org/nutrition/MSPH
  7.  www.dieteticsnutritionboard.state.mn.us
  8.  licenseinfo.oregon.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=license_seng&link_item_id=1552
  9.  www.eatright.org/BecomeanRDorDTR/content.aspx?id=8143
  10.  www.jhu.edu/~hds/oncampus/rates.html
  11.  www.eatright.org/BecomeanRDorDTR/content.aspx?id=8133
  12.  www.eatright.org/BecomeanRDorDTR/content.aspx?id=8471
More Schools & Job Training Topics
Check Out All Costs for Schools & Job Training How Much Does Middle School Cost? How Much Does Becoming a Photographer Cost? How Much Does Veterinary School Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Toilet Flange Replacement/ Toilet Reset
Paid: 5294.00
(Break down of pricing was not initially provided and I had to call to speak with a manager to get exact pricing)... [more]
-Gray
Replacing a Toilet Cost
ER visit for ear achech
Paid: 2250.00
I was there in hospital only for 15 minutes. due to Covid Urgent care was closed near my house. Doctor came and prescribe me anti biotic ear drops and pills. Got a rude shock when they charge me with huge bill... [more]
-Deepa
Emergency Room Visit Cost
Overspent?
Paid: 312.00
$312 per pet.Exam39.25Waste disposal 2.99Heart worm 48.30Fecal 25.29DA2P 101.99Lepto 21.50Sentinel 69.34I always feels overcharged when I go here... [more]
-Rebekah
Dog Vaccination Cost
Root tips
Paid: 845.00
Speechless, total ripoff, I have been going to Dr. L. Tabor for many years, I assisted him a few years... [more]
-Terri P
Tooth Extraction Cost
Ignition coils, spark plugs & valve cover gasket
Paid: 107.00
Check engine light came on, code was P0303, third cylinder. Googled causes of code found ignition coil and spark plugs most likely. Ordered parts from Amazon and my husband and I changed them after watching some YouTube videos... [more]
-JLC
Ignition Coil Replacement Cost
A/C repair
Paid: 670.00
Decided to to replace the 35 year old aging AC system. New compressor, accumulator, orifice tube, refrigerant hoses, condenser. Flushed the evaporator. Charged with ozone friendly 12a refrigerant... [more]
-citydragon
Car Air Conditioning Cost