B.S. in Dietetics
Students earn a Bachelors of Science degree in Dietetics with a major in Dietetics. Students majoring in Dietetics will earn a DPD (Didactic Program in Dietetics) Verification Statement, which is required to apply to an internship and to take the RD exam. The Dietetics major is one of four majors in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences. The Dietetics program at FSU offers students a unique introduction to sport nutrition. Students complete a course in sport nutrition and may take electives such as Applied Exercise Physiology.
The mission of the Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences (NFES) Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to prepare competent individuals for entry-level positions in a variety of food and nutrition settings and for entry into post-baccalaureate dietetic internships and/or graduate school. The program will provide a curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree upon completion. The DPD graduate will have the requisite knowledge requirements as part of a rigorous science-based curriculum to successfully pursue and complete a Dietetic Internship and ultimately dietetic registration, pursue advanced education opportunities or work in food and nutrition settings. The learning environment is structured to promote service, effective problem solving and teamwork.
For requirements on applying to the program, curriculum, and academic map, visit the Admission Information for Dietetics.
Becoming a Dietitian
- Earn a bachelor's degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' (formerly ADA) Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, medical nutrition therapy, food service systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
- Complete a ACEND approved internship.
- Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
Find out more through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The FSU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:
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The Dietetics Program is a limited access program, utilizing selective admission criteria to limit program enrollment. Criteria for selective admission include indicators of ability, performance, creativity, or talent to complete required work within the program. Admission to such programs is governed by the Articulation Agreement and by the State Board of Education rules.
All students wishing to graduate with a degree in dietetics must declare Dietetics, Not Formally Admitted (NFA) as their major. Students will take coursework as outlined on the academic map and curriculum sheet. The application process to the dietetics major begins during the spring term of the sophomore year. The program accepts 35 students each year. Admitted students will begin core coursework the fall of their junior year. Students who are not admitted must meet with their advisor to determine an alternative major. The academic map, curriculum and additional information is available on the Dietetic Admission Information page.
We offer no distance learning or alternative course offerings for the dietetics program. Major coursework is only offered at the main FSU campus.
University Policies & Procedures
The DPD program adheres to all University policies and procedures including, but not limited to: student complaints, retention and remediation procedures and disciplinary/termination procedures as outlined in the General Bulletin.
Financing your Education
Students wishing to pursue graduate work in food and nutrition should also visit our graduate programs website. Students who have already completed a DPD program and are interested in the Dietetic Internship at FSU should visit the website. Please note that students must be accepted to an eligible M.S. program to pursue the internship.
Dietetics Advising Blackboard Page: All dietetics majors should have access this page; if you do not, please contact the DPD Director.
E-mail: Your FSU e-mail is the primary contact to let you know of workshops, meetings, scholarship opportunities, etc. Check your FSU assigned e-mail address regularly.
Student & Professional Organizations
- Student Dietetic Association
- Tallahassee Dietetic Association
- Florida Dietetic Association
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics