Dietetics is the practical application of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease. Dietetics is an exciting and challenging profession because there are many diseases that are related to nutrition. These include coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. We offer a supportive environment with relatively small class sizes, individual attention from well-qualified faculty, and opportunities for elective courses. This program is only offered on campus. Additional opportunities for faculty-student interactions are available through student organizations and research projects. Our Student Dietetic Association (SAND) features many interesting meetings, trips, and activities. 

Educational & Professional Requirements

Central Michigan University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) provides a curriculum that is based upon the foundation knowledge requirements and learning outcomes specified by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This program is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) through June 30, 2022. For additional information, please review the dietetics handbook.

Upon completion of this required coursework, the student is awarded a bachelor's degree. Students are then issued a Verification Statement, signifying that all DPD degree requirements have been met and the student is eligible to apply for dietetic internships. After completion of an internship, the student will then be eligible to take CDR's Registration Examination for Dietitians to become credentialed as an R.D.N., Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

A master's degree will be required in 2024 to sit for the RD exam.
Dietetic courses to be taken for this major.

Highlights of the program
  • Gain 30 hours of hands-on experience in the community putting all of the knowledge and skills you have learned into practice. Many other programs do not have this type of fieldwork embedded in their curriculum.
  • Program and internship experiences that are both accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the only accreditation providing eligibility to take the exam to become a Registered Dietitian.
  • Receive personal attention and develop mentoring relationships with 7 full-time faculty, with class sizes averaging 35 students or less.
  • Nearly 70% of Dietetic students place into post-baccalaureate internships within the first year of graduation; the national average is 50%.


"Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor's degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement, visit CDR's website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited dietetics program at Central Michigan University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN."

Learn about sports nutrition at CMU in this presentation by faculty member Dr. Leslie Hildebrandt.

CMU's current tuition rates and fees.

CMU Academic Calendar.

Scholarships available.

Program outcomes data available upon request.