Outstanding Dietetics Student Award - Coordinated Program
Jessalyn Wilson - Viterbo University
Jessalyn is a student at Viterbo University and has served as the WAND Western Region Elect in the 2021-2022 year, and has since become the Western Region Representative for the current year. On campus, Jessalyn has been the Secretary of Viterbo’s Student Dietetics Association where she organized and supervised their annual apple pie fundraiser.
About the Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics (MSCMD) Program
The Viterbo University coordinated program provides didactic and supervised practice experiences aligned with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics 2022 Accreditation Standards. It prepares entry level registered dietitian nutritionists for faithful service and ethical leadership.
Growing health care demands mean opportunities for Registered Dietitians (RD) to promote health through nutrition. Dietitians assess nutritional needs, apply management skills in control and prevention of illness and utilize communication and education skills to help individuals and groups live healthy lives.
To become a registered dietitian, one must earn a master’s degree from an accredited university and perform 1,000 hours of supervised practice. Viterbo University is one of only 61 programs in the U.S. to offer coordinated programs that meet both requirements during your undergraduate studies, so no additional internship is required.
With a nutrition and dietetics degree from Viterbo University, graduates are eligible to take the Commission on Dietetics examination to become registered dietitian nutritionists. Program graduates are ready for rewarding careers in a variety of roles in food service management, healthcare, and community nutrition.
A master’s degree will be required by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) in order to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) after January 1, 2024.
The Community-Medical Dietetic Program at Viterbo University is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 800-877-1600.
Interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?
This video will give you the background information on the steps you need to take- completing a bachelor’s, master’s, and supervised practice hours- before you can sit for the RDN national exam. Viterbo University will prepare you for this career venture!