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General Dietetics (B.S.)

Nutrition is a highly versatile field with a number of career paths. If your goal is to be an outreach diabetes educator, cancer dietitian, foodservice director, nutrition researcher, or fight world hunger; this program can provide a foundation to follow your dreams.  You will study human nutrition and other sciences to understand how food affects overall well-being, and hands-on cooking classes teach you to prepare balanced meals for a healthy lifestyle. Our student-run café provides experience in quantity food production, restaurant management, and hospitality.

Completing an internship and passing a registration examination is required to become a registered dietitian. This degree makes you eligible to apply for post-graduate internship programs.


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The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition Dietetics  (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.

Program Description
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at EKU leads to a B.S. in General Dietetics. The program requires 120 credit hours, including 61 hours of University Graduation and supporting course requirements, and 56 hours of major course requirements, and 3 hours of electives. The program is designed to be completed in eight semesters of full-time study. Here is a Suggested Curriculum Guide.

Credentialing Process
Graduates of this program will possess the knowledge and skills required for entry into a supervised practice program, or dietetic internship (DI). All DPD graduates will receive a Verification Statement, required for application to a DI. After completion of a DI, the graduate will be eligible to complete the registration exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to become Registered Dietitians (RD).

A listing of DI programs is available from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Currently, there is a shortage of dietetic internship sites. Thus, acceptance into an internship is competitive and is not guaranteed for any student completing the BS in General Dietetics.

Dietetic Internship Information

Additional information on licensure of Dietitians in Kentucky

Information on DPD Mission and Goals

Academic Calendar
The academic calendar is available at available on the Colonel's Compass .   

The costs to the student for the DPD program are those which would normally be incurred by an undergraduate at Eastern Kentucky University. Costs would include tuition, housing, (if applicable), health insurance (if not covered on another policy), books, parking permits (if applicable), liability insurance, appropriate lab attire, and miscellaneous fees. Senior DPD students are required to show proof of student ADA membership in their senior year. The current student rate is $50 per year (June 1 -May 31).

Current schedule of tuition and current housing (room and board) rates.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid information for undergraduates.

Scholarships available to students enrolled in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

♦ Admission Requirements
All students who are accepted by EKU’s Admissions Office and declare their major as dietetics are admitted to the University as pre-dietetics majors.  However, admission to the pre-dietetics program does not guarantee admission to the dietetics program.  To be considered for admission to the dietetics program the following criteria must be met: (1) complete a minimum of 45 semester hours; (2) attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; (3) earn a “B” or better in CHE 101/101L, CHE 102/102L, ACC 201, STA 215, and BIO 171 or their equivalents if taken at another school; (4) earn a “B” or better in NFA 121, 201, 202, and 317.  In addition, a program application form must be submitted. Should there be more qualified applicants than spaces available, applicants will be ranked according to an admission scoring rubric. Applications to the Dietetics program are received each spring semester for admission the following fall.

After admission to the dietetics program the student must meet the following criteria to receive a BS Degree and/or be granted a verification statement:  (1) attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; (2) earn a “C” or better in all major and supporting courses (other than those courses in which a “B” or better is required per admission criteria).


Graduation Requirements
In order to graduate with a BS in Dietetics, a student must:
• Attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
• Earn a C or better in all major and supporting courses (other than those NFA courses in which a B or better is required per admission criteria)

In order to pass the course NFA 404, Human Nutrition II, a student must pass a comprehensive exit exam with a score of 75% or better. The exam covers material from all aspects of the major courses in the DPD curriculum. Thus, a student must pass the exit exam in order to graduate with a B.S. in General Dietetics and receive a verification statement.

For further information on this program, contact:
     Academic Advisor: (A-G) Dr. Erin Eliassen
Academic Advisor: (H-P) Rachel Harrington

     Academic Advisor: (Q-Z) Dr. Mary Wilson

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