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The Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics is designed to be completed in four years. Changing majors, transferring from another institution, academic issues, or other unforeseen circumstances may require additional semesters for completion.
After graduation, students apply for a professional practicum, otherwise known as a Dietetic internship (DI). After the successful completion of the DI and national registration examination, a graduate can become a registered dietitian, and be eligible for licensure in states that require licensure.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in dietetics are expected to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of biological, chemical and physical science concepts and apply these concepts to food and nutrition science.
- Evaluate food and nutrition science problems using critical thinking and analytical skills.
- Formulate effective oral and written communications pertinent to food, nutrition, and clinical dietetics.
- Demonstrate competency using a variety of techniques and instruments to investigate food and nutrition science problems.
- Plan, implement, and evaluate nutrition interventions and programs for individuals as well as groups using nutritional assessment and diagnosis techniques.
*Program approval status: The Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited until February, 2013, by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-899-4876.