About the Dietetics Option
Choose this program option if you want to become a Registered Dietitian, a credential required for jobs involving nutrition counseling. You’ll be prepared for a career in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice, athletic clubs, and wellness centers. You can also provide consulting services to sports teams and restaurants. Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in public health, health communication, and the food industry.
The dietetics option* provides a thorough understanding of nutrition theory and dietetic practice. Through a structured series of academic coursework, laboratory experiences, and practica, the curriculum emphasizes the development of critical and innovative thinking skills that will enable graduates to best serve the health care needs of society. The dietetics option focuses on professional practice.
To successfully complete this option, students must earn a minimum grade of C- in all Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) food and nutrition courses.
Upon completion of this option, you will be awarded a DPD Verification Statement. The DPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; 312-899-0040, ext. 5400.
After completing the dietetics option, you will be eligible to participate in the national computer matching process for Dietetic Internships of the AND. Upon successful completion of the Dietetic Internship, students are eligible to take the Registration Examination of the AND. Students attaining a passing score on the Registration Exam will earn the credential “Registered Dietitian.”
Courses: The curriculum includes basic courses in the biological and chemical sciences. Courses in nutrition include life cycle nutrition, community nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, applied nutrition care, applied nutrition counseling, and nutrition research.
To enter the Junior Year: 66 credits
- minimum GPA of 2.0
- gateway criteria: minimum grade of C+ in each of four courses, BI 107/108, CH 171/174
- completion of all required freshman and sophomore courses
To enter the Senior Year: 100 credits
- minimum GPA of 2.5
- completion of all required junior courses
To graduate: 128 credits
- minimum GPA of 2.5
- no more than 12 credits of D
- completion of all required senior courses
A student may repeat a course only once to meet the above requirements.
*Please note that external transfer students can enroll in the Nutrition and Health option or the Nutritional Science option, but not in the Dietetics option due to professional accreditation requirements.