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Dietetics

Bachelor's of Science in Dietetics

Dietetics is one of four undergraduate majors in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences. The program offers students a unique introduction to sports and clinical nutrition.

Students majoring in dietetics may earn a DPD (Didactic Program in Dietetics) Verification Statement (which is required to apply for an internship and registered dietician exam.) The DPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

About our program
About

The limited access program allows a unique dietetic education. Students must apply and be accepted into the major, therefore all students are dedicated to the common goal of becoming registered dietitians.

Students enjoy smaller, more intimate classes and form strong connections with classmates. Core dietetics courses have approximately 35 students and consist of group projects, presentations, case studies and practicum experiences. The curriculum at FSU also requires a sports nutrition course. Students may enroll in electives such as exercise physiology or exercise testing and prescription.

Once admitted to the program, students typically move through the program in a cohort – taking classes with the same classmates each semester and graduating with those same classmates. The smaller program allows for faculty to get to know their students and mentor them. Our faculty are committed to educating and graduating a knowledgeable and capable group of students who will become the next generation of dietitians.

Mission

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 will be structured to promote service, effective problem solving and teamwork.

Goals & Objectives

Goal 1. Prepare graduates for careers in dietetics

    • Objective 1: 70% of DPD graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
    • Objective 2: Over a five-year period 80% of those applying to a supervised practice program in the academic year they complete the program will be accepted.
    • Objective 3: The program’s one year passing rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of the first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
    • Objective 4: Supervised practice program directors will rank 100% of program graduates as prepared for supervised practice.

Goal 2. Retain, and graduate a highly motivated and diverse population of undergraduate dietetics students.

  • Objective 1: At least 80% of program students complete the program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
  • Objective 2: At least 75% of ethnically and/or gender diverse dietetics students will graduate with a DPD verification statement.
  • Objective 3: Of those students earning a DPD verification statement and not applying to a supervised practice program in the academic year they complete the program, 75% will apply for post-baccalaureate education or be employed in the field within three months of graduation.

Goal 3. Instill graduates with a commitment to community and professional service.

  • Objective 1: 80% of DPD graduates will have been a member of a related professional or pre-professional organization (such as: Student Dietetic Association, Tallahassee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic or Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) prior to program completion.
  • Objective 2: 80% of DPD graduates will have completed >20 hours of volunteer or philanthropic activities prior to program completion.

Outcome data available upon request.

2017-18
Item Amount
Tuition & Fees (In-State) $6,516
Est. Housing $6,620
Books & Supplies $1,000
Meal Plan $4,000
Total $18,136

Florida State University provides multiple types of financial aid for students who apply. From institutional, state, and federal awards, to private scholarships and loans, funding options are available for all. Please see the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Steps to becoming a dietitian
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1

Earn a bachelor’s degree with coursework approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, medical nutrition therapy, food service systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.

2

Complete a ACEND accredited internship.

3

Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

4

Become licensed – a number of states, including Florida, require licensure.


You can find out more through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Coursework
Minimum Program Requirements
Requirement Hours
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 57*
Collateral Coursework 34*
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills 0 (beyond collateral)
Oral Competency 0-3 (beyond major)
College of Human Sciences Core 0 (beyond major)
Electives varies
(as needed to reach total requirement)
Total Min. Hours Required 120

* Many courses may be used to satisfy more than one requirement—Prerequisites, General Education, Major, Collateral, Computer Skills Competency. Hours are not cumulative; all requirements may be finished in the required 120 hours.

General Education Requirements
(also known as “Liberal Studies”)
Requirement Hours
Quantitative and Logical Thinking 6
English Composition 6
History and Social Sciences 6
Humanities / Cultural Practice and Ethics 6
Natural Sciences 6
Electives 6
Total Hours 36
Major Requirements

57 Hours

Course # Hours Name
DIE 3005 1 Introduction to Dietetics
DIE 4243 3 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
DIE 4310 3 Community Nutrition
(requires “B” or higher)
DIE 4244, 4244L 4 (3+1) Medical Nutrition Therapy (and lab)
(both require “B” or higher)
FOS 3026, 3026L 4 (3+1) Foods (and lab)
FOS 4114C 4 Food Science
FSS 4135 3 Food Economics
FSS 4312 3 Food Service Management
(requires “B” or higher)
HUN 4941 3 Nutrition Practicum
HUN 1201 3 The Science of Nutrition
(requires “B” or higher)
HUN 2125 3 Food and Society
HUN 3224 3 Intermediary Metabolism of Nutrients I
HUN 3226 3 Intermediary Metabolism of Nutrients II
HUN 3403 3 Life Cycle Nutrition
(requires “B” or higher)
HUN 4905 1 Professional & Ethical Issues in Dietetics
PET 3322, 3322L 4 (3+1) Functional Anatomy & Physiology I (and lab)
PET 3322, 3322L Substitute*
BSC 2085, 2085L AND
2086, 2086L
8 (3+1, 3+1) Anatomy & Physiology (and labs)
(both require “C+” or higher)
*You must contact the department before enrolling in this option.
PET 3361 3 Nutrition and Sport
FAD 2230 3 Family Relationships
(also counts toward College’s core requirements)
FAD 4601 3 Foundations of Counseling
(also counts toward College’s core requirements)
Collateral Coursework

34 Hours
The following coursework outside of the department must also be completed with a C minus or higher grade. Most of these courses may also be used to satisfy prerequisites, General Education or other graduation requirements.

Course # Hours Name
CGS 2060 3 Computer Literacy (or other University-approved computer literacy course)
ECO 2000 3 Introduction to Economics
or ECO 2013
or ECO 2023
PSY 2012 3 General Psychology
MAC 1105 3 College Algebra
STA 2122 3 Introduction to Applied Statistics
or STA 2023 (Fundamentals of Business Statistics)
BCH 3023, 3023L 4 (3+1) Survey of Biochemistry (and lab)
CHM 1045, 1045L 4 (3+1) General Chemistry I (and lab)
CHM 1046, 1046L 4 (3+1) General Chemistry II (and lab)
CHM 2200, 2200L 4 (3+1) Survey of Organic Chemistry (and lab)
or CHM 2210, CHM 2211, and CHM 2211L
MCB 2004, MCB 2004L 4 (3+1) General Microbiology (and lab)

* Many courses may be used to satisfy more than one requirement—Prerequisites, General Education, Major, Collateral, Computer Skills Competency. Hours are not cumulative; all requirements may be finished in the required 120 hours.

Transferring Coursework

The State of Florida has identified common courses for all university programs. Typically, a course from one Florida institution will transfer as equal to another Florida institution if the first three numbers and last three numbers are equivalent.

The following is a list of courses that if taken at another Florida institution will transfer to FSU for the dietetics program:

Transferable Courses (FL Institutions to FSU)
PET X3322/PET x3323L
or BSC X085/X085L and BSC X086/X086L
or BSC X093C and BSC X094C
CGS X060
or CGX X061
CHM X045/X045L
CHM X046/X046L
CHM X200/X0200L
or CHM X210/X010L and CHMX211/CHMX011L
ECO X013
or X023
or X000
HUN X201
MAC X105
or MAC X142
MCB X004/X004L
or MCBX020C
PSY X012
or PSY X020
or PSY X113
Admission to the Major

Applications to be formally admitted will become available in the Introduction to Dietetics course (DIE3005), which is offered during the spring and summer terms. Admission decisions are made in mid-July.

What do I need to apply?

Students must meet the following admission criteria:

1. Admission to The Florida State University Apply to FSU

2. Completion of academic mapping milestones through term 4

3. An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75

*Students with exceptional circumstances who have not met the minimum 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA may enter an appeal to be considered for admission.

4. Receive a grade of “B” or better in HUN 1201 (Science of Nutrition)

5. Receive a grade of “Satisfactory (S)” in DIE 3005 (Introduction to Dietetics)

DIE 3005 will be offered in summer session B. Transfer students will have the opportunity to complete this course in the first six weeks of summer at FSU, before admission decisions are made. Detailed information about the application process will be provided in this course.

6. Submit a resume and personal statement

Didactic Program in Dietetic (DPD)
Verification Statement

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) stipulates specific knowledge components that all schools teaching dietetics students must teach their students. This ensures all dietetics students taught by an ACEND accredited program have consistent knowledge about the field. Specifics on how a program teaches those concepts and how to ensure students know the material (through assignments, exams, projects, etc.) is determined by the program. This allows each program to be unique.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement formally signifies that you have met all knowledge requirements prescribed by ACEND, making you eligible to apply for an internship.

To earn a DPD verification statement from FSU you must:

  1. Complete a degree in dietetics
  2. Earn a GPA of 3.0 or better
  3. Receive grade of “B” or better in the following courses:
    1. DIE 4243
    2. DIE 4244, DIE 4244L
    3. DIE 4310
    4. FSS 4312
    5. HUN 3403

Students who do not earn an FSU grade point average of 3.0 or higher or do not earn grades of “B” or better in the aforementioned courses will not receive a DPD verification statement and will be ineligible to apply for an ACEND approved internship or sit for the national Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Verification statements are mailed after graduation. To receive your verification statement you will need to attend the Senior Send-Off meeting held at the end of your last semester in order to provide mailing and additional information. We will keep one original copy of your official verification statement on file indefinitely; however it is very important that you keep an original verification statement. If you need additional copies, please contact Jennifer Farrell (DPD Director) at jennifer.farrell@fsu.edu.

Jennifer Farrell

Jennifer Farrell, MS, RD
Program Director for Didactic Program in Dietetics & Undergraduate Coordinator

jennifer.farrell@fsu.edu
850.644.4794

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List of ACEND accredited internships:

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Internships

Internships include 1200 hours of supervised practice and provide you with the practical experience and knowledge required for the Registered Dietitian exam. Internship experiences include clinical, food service management, and community nutrition rotations. The typical duration is 9-12 months with hours that are equivalent to a full-time job. Rotations and length of each experience depends on the internship. While some internships may offer a stipend, most do not include such financial assistance.

Internships are extremely competitive. Completion of the dietetics degree does not guarantee acceptance to an internship.

To apply for an internship you must have earned a DPD verification statement.  For more information on verification statements, please see the previous section.  While each internship has minimum GPA qualifications, remember that you are competing against all the other applicants.  A strong GPA, in conjunction with volunteer service and/or related work experience, strengthens your application. Please visit the website for a list of internships and their qualifications.

Graduate School

Note: Dietitians becoming credentialed in 2024 or after must have a graduate degree.

You can apply to any program for which you have met the pre-requisites. Every program has a different set of pre-requisites. Check websites and research potential programs to find each program’s prerequisites. If you select a graduate program in nutrition, you probably have met all of the prerequisite coursework. However, if you choose a graduate program outside of nutrition, you may need to complete additional courses.  It is beneficial to do this before you graduate with your bachelor’s degree.

All graduate programs have different titles; there is no standard name for “nutrition programs”.  In general, you have probably completed the prerequisites for programs including “nutrition” or “dietetics” in the title. You will also have met the prerequisites for graduate programs that offer a dietetic internship.

The majority of M.S. programs take two years to complete.  Ph.D. programs can take several years, depending on the program and your area of research.

The dietetics program follows University policies and procedures including but not limited to:

Formal assessment of learning and regular reports of performance and progress. Course grades are made available to students at the completion of each semester.  Students may access these grades through their secure account.

Program retention and remediation procedures. All students have access to the University’s Center for Academic Retention & Enhancement, which includes tutoring and on-line platforms as made available by course instructors.

Disciplinary and termination procedures. All procedures are handled according to University policy with proper University personnel.

Tuition and Fees are handled by the University financial services.

Protection of privacy of student information. This protection is ensured through University policies and the FERPA act.

Student performance monitoring and retention. The University utilizes academic mapping to ensure students progress in a timely manner and identify students who have fallen behind.  Students who have fallen behind two semesters in a row will have a hold placed on their registration and must meet with an academic advisor to have the hold lifted. 

Assessment of prior learning. As part of the application process to the University, admissions counselors determine coursework equivalency. Please see the coursework section of this website and the University Undergraduate Bulletin for further information.

The dietetics program follows the University academic calendar. View by term:  Fall  |  Spring  |  Summer

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995

312.899.4770 or 800.877.1600 (ext. 4770)
www.eatright.org/acend

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