Dietetics

Dietitians are nutrition experts who strive for optimal health and nutrition of individuals and the population.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly named the American Dietetic Association.)

The curriculum for the dietetics program as well as the diet and exercise program meet the academic requirements of the Didactic Program in Dietetics and prepare students for a career in the field of dietetics.

As of Fall 2014, all freshman and transfer students will enter the university as pre-dietetics students. Students will apply to the Didactic Program in Dietetics during their spring semester of their second year.  

Applying to the Didactic Program

For all new admissions (freshman and transfer) starting Fall 2014, students will enter the university designated as pre-dietetics students. During spring semester of the second year, interested students apply to the Didactic Program in Dietetics.

Admission to the program is based on overall GPA (3.0 or above required), completion of required coursework, and completion of the application with interest in becoming a Registered Dietitian. Students then progress toward earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and receive a Verification Statement upon graduation, which is needed to enter an accredited dietetics internship.

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to accredited dietetic internships/supervised practice programs. Upon successful completion of the experience program, graduates are eligible to take the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). 

Course requirements

Careers and internships

Read about career opportunities and salary information for registered dietitians.

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for admission to accredited/approved dietetic internships/supervised practice programs. Upon successful completion of the experience program, graduates are eligible to take the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to become a Registered Dietitian (RD) and to practice in the field of dietetics. Learn more about becoming an RD.

Accreditation

The Dietetics and Diet and Exercise programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to accredited dietetic internships/supervised practice programs. Upon successful completion of the experience program, graduates are eligible to take the national exam to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).

Accreditation Status

ISU’s Didactic Program in Dietetics has been granted initial accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800/877-1600.

Get involved

Students are encouraged to develop leadership and professional skills and abilities through involvement in student organizations and other extra-curricular experiences. Work and volunteer hours are valuable for enhancing professional potential as well as study abroad experiences and Honors Program membership.

Student organizations/clubs

Student Dietetic Association

Nutrition Club

Professional associations/organizations

Students are also encouraged to become student members of professional associations/organizations and network with professionals within the career field. Students may choose to become members of the following:

American Association of Diabetes Educators

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

American Institute of Wine and Food

American Public Health Association

American Society for Nutrition

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

School Nutrition Association

Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

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