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.
Applying to the Didactic Program in Dietetics
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). Learning outcomes for students in the program are shown here.
2014-2015 Catalog curriculum information
2013-2014 Catalog curriculum information
2012-2013 Catalog curriculum information
2011-2012 Catalog curriculum information
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.
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.
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:
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