General Dietetics (B.S.)
Nutrition is a highly versatile field with a number of career paths. If your goal is to be an outreach diabetes educator, cancer dietitian, foodservice director, nutrition researcher, or fight world hunger; this program can provide a foundation to follow your dreams. You will study human nutrition and other sciences to understand how food affects overall well-being, and hands-on cooking classes teach you to prepare balanced meals for a healthy lifestyle. Our student-run café provides experience in quantity food production, restaurant management, and hospitality.
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The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800-877-1600 ext. 5400. Email ACEND.
The ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at EKU leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) in General Dietetics. The program requires 120 credit hours, including 37 hours of General Education and University requirements, 77 hours of Major course requirements, and 6 hours of electives. The Major course requirements include 56 hours of major core courses and 21 hours of supporting course requirements. The program is designed to be completed in eight semesters of full-time study. Here is a Suggested Curriculum Guide.
Information on DPD Mission and Goals
Program outcomes are available upon request.
Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
Upon graduation, DPD graduates will receive a Verification Statement, which verifies that the graduate possesses the knowledge and skills for application to a supervised practice program. Supervised practice programs, or Dietetic Internships (DI), must be ACEND-accredited. Upon completion of the supervised practice program, the graduate will be eligible to complete the national registration exam, administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), and become credentialed as an RDN*. In order to maintain the credential, the RDN must complete continuing professional education requirements. Many states, including Kentucky , require the RDN to obtain a license to practice as a dietitian within the state.
* effective 1/1/2024, a master's degree will be required in order to complete the registration exam.
Supervised Practice Programs
Application to supervised practice programs, or dietetic internships, is made through the centralized Dietetic Internship Computerized Application System (DICAS). A listing of ACEND-accredited supervised practice programs is available from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Currently, there is a shortage of dietetic internship sites. Thus, the process of application is competitive, and acceptance is not guaranteed for any student completing the BS in General Dietetics. Graduates may, however, apply multiple times.
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The costs to the student for the DPD program are those which would normally be incurred by an undergraduate at Eastern Kentucky University. Costs would include tuition and housing (see link below), health insurance (if not covered on another policy), books (~$500 per semester), campus parking permit ($140 per year), professional liability insurance ($21 junior year), food worker certificate ($7 junior year) and appropriate labe attire (~$30). Senior DPD students are required to show proof of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics student membership. The current student rate is $58 per year (June 1-May 31).
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Application and Admission Requirements
All students who are accepted by EKU’s Admissions Office and declare their major as dietetics are admitted to the University as pre-dietetics majors. Admission to the dietetics program is a separate process. To be considered for admission to the dietetics program the following criteria must be met: (1) complete a minimum of 45 semester hours; (2) attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; (3) earn a “B” or better in CHE 101/101L, CHE 102/102L, ACC 201, STA 215, and BIO 171 or their equivalents if taken at another school; (4) earn a “B” or better in NFA 121, 201, 202, and 317. A program application form must also be submitted. Should there be more qualified applicants than spaces available, applicants will be ranked according to an admission scoring rubric. Applications to the Dietetics program are received each spring semester for admission the following fall.
In order to graduate with a BS in Dietetics, and receive the Verification Statment, the following criteria must be met: (1) attain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; (2) earn a C or better in all major core and supporting courses (other than those prerequisite courses in which a B or better is required for program admission).
In order to pass NFA 404, a senior course, students must score at least 75% on the comprehensive exit exam.
Students who have already earned a Bachelor's degree or higher, and desire to earn the Verification Statement only, will be admitted to the program through the process and requirements described above. In order to earn the Verificaton Statement, these students must complete the supporting and core courses for the Dietetics major.
For further information on this program, contact:
Academic Advisor: (H-P) Dr. Rachel Harrington