Earning a master’s degree as an RD can help to elevate your professional opportunities when looking to advance your career, positioning you to build better programs to serve patients. “It’s important for people to know that science is the underpinning to good nutrition,” says Fullenkamp, who earned her online Master of Science in Nutritional Science (Dietetics) from ASU. A love of learning new things coupled with the desire to branch out within health science led her back to school to earn her graduate degree.
Based on the scientific foundations of nutrition, the online MS in Nutritional Science (Dietetics) also reinforces essential skills in project management, interpretation of research literature, critical inquiry and problem-solving. This combination of the science and the skills needed to succeed in careers like dietitian and nutritionist helps students learn to assist in promoting health and controlling diseases. Available to RDs with at least one year of experience, this online degree program is ideal for individuals seeking to continue their education and advance their skills as practitioners.
A typical day in the life of a dietitian and nutritionist
As a pediatric dietitian, Fullenkamp’s typical day begins by reviewing patient information, checking to see if there are any specific needs for nutrition help or intervention. She then makes rounds, which she says is the “time when we get stuff done,” as she collaborates with doctors, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, other dietitians and a patient’s family. During this time, Fullenkamp strives to both speak up and advocate for nutrition.