Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
- 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
Program graduates will perform proficiently in a dietetic supervised practice program in preparation to be a competent entry-level dietitian nutritionist.
Program graduates will promote leadership and service to enrich the graduate’s professional career.
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
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
Lab coat (optional)
~$50 per coat
Books and supplies
$5.00 per semester
~$50.00 one time
Academy student membership
Health screening and immunizations
Varies by health care provider
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
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400