“My goal is to improve lifestyles and diet.”
Dennis E. Bueso plans to make a difference with a career as a registered dietitian.
His goal is to optimize healthy lifestyles and diets, so after an exhaustive search, he chose the Union M.A. in Applied Nutrition & Dietetics degree program.
“I searched many programs, and Union offered the best curriculum,” Bueso said. “I work part-time and had to have online didactic coursework. Also important was the opportunity to use real-world applications with supervised experiential learning. Union offered me exactly what I was looking for.”
One requirement of the Applied Nutrition & Dietetics program is supervised experiential learning (SEL). SEL applies knowledge of nutrition and dietetics in nutrition practice settings under the guidance of professional preceptors.
Dr. Lisa Akers, Chair of the Applied Nutrition and Dietetics program, explains the importance of combining theory and practice.
“Our SEL is incorporated and interwoven with classroom-based activities and off-site collaborative projects, including rotations with local food and nutrition agencies and organizations. Competency-Based Education, which includes concurrent classroom learning and supervised experiential learning, helps students make the connection between theory and practice.”
Bueso recently completed experiential learning at an elementary school’s central kitchen and warehouse.
“This was my first time working with children. I learned to be creative to interact with the young ones. I dressed as a carrot on Halloween to demonstrate the importance of eating vegetables. I had so much fun.”
Bueso looks forward to being a leader in food and nutrition.
“I started college to be a doctor. Then I discovered my passion for positively influencing people with healthy lifestyles and nutrition, like preventative medicine. Because of Union’s rigorous curriculum and knowledgeable faculty, I will be ready to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).”
You too can fulfill your dream to optimize healthy lifestyles and diets. Learn how the Union Institute & University Applied Nutrition and Dietetics Program can prepare you to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Learn more today.