Our programs feature faculty and staff who are student oriented and committed to excellence in teaching. Our caring advisors are ready to assist you in your learning endeavors. Each of our faculty and staff are specialists and possess advanced degrees and credentials in their respective discipline. Our faculty enjoy working closely with both undergraduate and graduate students on in depth research projects.

Mission of the Dietetics Program

To prepare competent graduates in dietetics, through an ACEND-approved didactic program in dietetics, who seek to service the dietary needs of patients, individuals, and the community.

Program Goals, Objectives and Assessment

Goal One

Prepare students for careers in dietetics and food related professions and/or advanced studies in health-related disciplines.


  • The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of their first attempt) on the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam for dietitians and nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • Over a five-year period, at least 80% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within six years (150% of program length).
  • Over a five-year period 80% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.

Goal Two

Provide students with knowledge regarding the impact that culture and socioeconomic status on food patterns of individuals and groups both nationally and on a global level.


  • Thirty percent of our DPD students in Community Nutrition FNS 480 (formerly 573) will have a field placement involving a lower Socioeconomic Status (SES) population.
  • Ten percent of our students will have participated in a study abroad program in Ghana or another country over a five-year period.

Program outcomes data available upon request.

Educational and Professional Requirements

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RD credential:

  • Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Completed an ACEND®-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR’s website.
  • Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

For further information, visit the ACEND website.