Dietetics is a sequence in the Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics major. It’s also known as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).
Dietetics prepares you for internships and careers in the field. Jobs in dietetics promote optimal health by incorporating positive food choices and nutrition strategies to influence the overall well-being of individuals and communities.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics provides the first step for students planning to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) by preparing graduates for the required ACEND accredited dietetic internship. The program culminates with students receiving a B.S. degree in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics and an ACEND Verification Statement of DPD Program Completion , which verifies that graduates have met the required Standards of Education established by ACEND, the accrediting agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This official statement is required for graduates to begin an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship after acceptance, and for other professional applications requiring verification of DPD Program completion. (As of 1/1/2024, a master's degree will be required to take the Commission on dietetic Registration RDN credentialing exam.)
Point of Pride
The 5-year pass rates for the Registered Dietitian exam (for the Didactic Program in Dietetics and Dietetic Internship programs) is 91%.
Why study Dietetics?
Dietetics at Illinois State prepares you to help individuals and communities incorporate positive food changes and nutrition strategies.
As a student in this program, you'll take extensive coursework in sciences, social sciences, management, and take specialized courses covering the broad field of food, nutrition, and dietetics.
Employment opportunities are diverse. The food processing industry is one of the largest in the US and throughout the world. Being trained in food service will give you many opportunities. Other employment options include:
- Medical centers and clinics as well as long-term care facilities
- Public relations
- Corporate wellness
- Food and medical product companies
- School lunch programs
- Education and research
- Sports nutrition
- Personal wellness training
Come see campus and meet with campus representatives either in person or virtually. Optional chances to meet with academic department, honors, and financial aid.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!