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Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

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Our Mission

  • Educate individuals through didactic and practical experiences in food and nutrition
  • Develop visionary and competent graduates who will be prepared for supervised practice, leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) requires a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The ISU BS/DPD is fully accredited through 12/31/2026.

Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD at ISU are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Find out more information about state licensure requirements. For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN 

ISU’s BS in Dietetics is a didactic program in dietetics or DPD. The DPD program has been accredited by ACEND® to prepare students for a position as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). After completing this four-year degree, students must also complete a dietetic internship and take a national registration exam before becoming an RDN.

The ISU DPD is planned for completion in 8 semesters or 4 academic years with a minimum of 120 credit hours:

  • Years 1 and 2: You’ll take prerequisite courses along with classes to meet the ISU general education requirements
  • Years 3 and 4: You’ll focus on the professional courses of the dietetics program

Students must apply to the professional portion of the program

Applications for a “seat” in the professional section of the program are reviewed every spring
Seats are awarded for fall semester of the final academic year (i.e. senior year)

Transfer Students Welcome

Applications from transfer students from other colleges and universities are also considered for acceptance into the professional section of the DPD. Transfer students must have completed prerequisites and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and no course with a grade of C- or lower.


Schedule an appointment with DPD Director Jenifer Reader, MHE, RDN, LD to learn more about the profession, program requirements, and DPD course completion plan.

ISU Preps Students to be Competitive Dietetic Internship Applicants

Goal 1
Program graduates will perform proficiently in a dietetic supervised practice program in preparation to be a competent entry-level dietitian nutritionist.
Goal 2
Program graduates will promote leadership and service to enrich the graduate’s professional career.


  1. At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of program length).
  2. At least 70% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  3. Of program graduates who apply to a supervised practice program, at least 60% are admitted within 12 months of graduation.
  4. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  5. At least 70% of responding graduates will report an aggregate score of 4 or higher out of 5 indicating strong preparation that the DPD program prepared them for their supervised practice experience.
  6. At least 70% of graduates from this program will receive an aggregate score of 4 or higher out of 5 indicating strong preparation on their knowledge and skill of dietetics from supervised practice program directors.


At least 50% of graduates will be active members of professional organizations, hold a leadership position and/or participate in service opportunities related to the field within 24 months of graduation.




Program outcomes data
available upon request, 
email jeniferreader@isu.edu






















DPD Plan and Schedule

  • The DPD Degree Plan 2023-2024 is a helpful planning and tracking tool for dietetic majors
  • Students should meet with their advisor at least once every semester to ensure correct scheduling of course work
  • Students electing the dietetics major must fulfill the university general education requirements for a BS degree plus the required dietetic courses and additional electives to total 120 credits
  • Please pay very careful attention to the prerequisite courses required as well as other specific courses required to fulfill the university general requirements
  • NTD prefix courses must be taken in the sequence shown unless approved by your advisor 

The figures quoted below are estimates of program expenses as of Fall Semester 2022:

  • Actual cost may be more or less than estimates
  • Housing and personal living expenses not included as these often vary considerably between individuals
  • Transportation to clinical facilities is the responsibility of the student (costs vary)

You may also want to check out information on financial aid and scholarships

Estimated Costs Associated with the DPD



Application fee


Health insurance


Lab coat (optional)

~$50 per coat

Books and supplies


Lab fees

$75/semester/lab course

Malpractice insurance

$5.00 per semester

Background check

~$50.00 one time

Academy student membership 

$58 /year

Health screening and immunizations

Varies by health care provider

*ISU tuition and fees are subject to change by the Idaho State Board of Education

The ISU DPD follows the ISU academic calendar for class dates and times, final schedules, course registration schedules, vacations and holidays.


Logo of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting organization for the dietetic programs

Idaho State University’s 
Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Education and Dietetics of the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400

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