Nutrition/Dietetics or is other Medical or Admin type job place to go?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by StangFan77, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. StangFan77

    StangFan77 New Member

    Hi everyone. I am hoping someone here may be able to offer some assistance in my search for a legit, accredited online degree program.

    I would love to work with animals, but not as a veterinarian. My search for a zoology degree online proved to be impossible :(

    I am also interested in nutrition/dietetics as I would love to help people who have medical problems such as thyroid problems, diabetes, ect. I am having no luck finding a online degree through a traditional school (aka no Penn Foster or U of Phoenix) that offers this either without some requirements that I just don't meet such as already working in the field or already having a Bachelors degree.

    I do have some college credit, but have not earned my Associates yet and would like to earn my Bachelors. I was always under the impression that you did not have to have an Associates degree to get into a Bachelors program, but my search for a college program to get into has made me realize that it isn't the case at all.

    I am currently an Administrative Assistant and although I do love my line of work, I am not sure how relevant it will be in the future although it seems Health Care Administration and or administration degree programs are the easiest degree programs to find online.

    I am prior service and will be taking advantage of my husbands GI Bill (post 9/11) so a military friendly school is very important. I know I probably seem all over the place in my career choices, but I have been moving around so much (even 2 yrs due to husband being in Active Army) and that we have a young child who will be entering kindergarten soon- my main concern is hopefully finding a career that doesnt require a lot of over time and long work hour days. Although it would be great to make a decent wage/salary, the type of pay really doesn't play a part in the decision of what I will ultimately go to school for. For instance, I have a working background in Quality Control & Supply and although I am sure the career would pay well if I got a degree for either, I would not be happy regardless of pay due to the work hours many jobs in QC/QA & Supply require- even as an auditor.

    If anyone here has some advice for me, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you so much
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Are there any DL nutrition Bachelors degrees? None that I know. You need a Masters degree to get licensed and the license is the golden key. The problems with zoology/biology Bachelors is the lab courses. Here's a link to another thread where this is discussed a bit.

    Maybe a Bachelors in Healthcare? Look at the program offered at Arizona State.

    Bachelor of Applied Science Health Science | ASU Online | Online Degree Programs | Arizona State University

    Otherwise, yeah, you seem a little scattered. It's OK, I don't know what I want to do when I grow up either.

    I suggest that you take some time and browse through a few pages of threads here at degreeinfo. Many of our members are in very similar situations and perhaps hearing their thoughts may help you think a bit differently about your own situation. In any case, best of luck. Let us know if you have more questions. We're just loaded with DL experts, all of whom love to help others.
  3. The_Professor

    The_Professor New Member

    Keiser University Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition

    Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition
  4. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Nice grab Professor. I'll have to remember that one.
  5. The_Professor

    The_Professor New Member

    My wife was considering enrolling at one time. Regionally accredited and can be done online or at their B&M campus in Ft Lauderdale (not sure about availability at other Keiser campus locations, but I'm sure this can be ascertained thru their website or by giving them a call). The alternative in the B&M world in South Florida is FIU. More prestigious, perhaps, but only a handful of courses can be completed online. Both, I believe, will qualify you to sit for the ADA's Registered Dietician exam.
  6. StangFan77

    StangFan77 New Member

    Thanks Kizmet. Yeah, I have found a few DL BS Nutrition programs but I don't meet the requirements for either of them unfortunately.

    Sad thing is, I AM a grown up and still don't know what I want to do with my life. A lot of it is because since we move around all the time and still have 5yrs left of moving around and still are undecided where DS will retire at, hard to figure out what career is going to be doing well in where ever we will be at.

    I was Supply in the active Army and worked for the State of Hawaii as a Material handler while in the National Guard (Still MOS of supply) and then did Army Reserves. Moved onto Quality Control for Daktronics and then later Harry London/Fannie May. Although I was great in those career field/line of work- was rather boring so I don't think I want to do that for the rest of my life.

    Being an Administrative Assistant is nice, but I don't think the career is going to grow and may eventually cut back. Also, if it does happen to stay around, I think there will be more people to fill the positions than there will be opened positions.

    Doesnt working in Health Care Administration require working an awful lot of hours? That is the one thing I am worried about- working way too much. My husband already works way too much and I don't want to do that to our child with both of us since we are financially in the position for me to not have to work if I chose not to, but I do want to find a career doing something fulfilling and rewarding- it is important for me to get a degree because competition in almost any career is getting tight.

    My husband thinks I should go to school to become an arbitrator (prior to joining the service, I had a full-ride to college for Criminal Justice, but joined the Army a few weeks before college started) However, looking into Arbitration, not only do you need a law degree, you need working experience as a lawyer. I am 33yrs old- a little late to get a degree in law then add some working experience as lawyer so I could work arbitration.

    What would be great, since my husband is Active Army and I am prior service and currently working as a contractor, I would ultimately like to get a degree that will better my chances working as a Civilian for the Govt (boooo, I know) but I already have my foot a little bit in the door with my veterans preference and spouse preference, so why not knock the door down, right??

    And so sorry for this long book. I greatly appreciate the replies so far. Professor, I will definitely look into Keiser- I haven't heard much about the school before.

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