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To apply for the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, students must first complete the ISU Undergraduate Application Process and be accepted into ISU. Go Bengals!

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During the first two years at ISU, students take sciences, as well as a series of general education/objective courses. These classes help prepare you for the advanced courses offered in the DPD program.

After completing ISU and DPD prerequisites, students apply for a “seat” in the program:

  • A seat is required for NTD 4401: Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) I and NTD 4402/4402L: MNT II.
  • Other professional courses can be taken without a seat if course prerequisites are met.
  • The goal is for students to take the MNT courses during their senior year. Thus, some students may be admitted to the DPD on a pre-award basis until they reach their final year in the program.

Acceptance to the DPD is Competitive

There are a limited number of seats. Thus, the achievement of the minimum standards does not ensure DPD admission. Before applying for a seat in the DPD, students must meet the following two admission requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 or above (cumulative) on a 4.0 scale in both required prerequisite courses and professional courses
  • Completion of all DPD prerequisite courses with a grade of C- or higher

For an application to be competitive, students must also meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of the majority of the ISU general education requirements
  • Demonstrated interest in the profession of dietetics through classroom participation, leadership roles, and work/life experiences
  • The ISU Department of Nutrition and Dietetics offers many opportunities for students to engage in community initiatives and nutrition-oriented student groups, which help to strengthen their DPD applications
  • Once accepted, to remain in the DPD, students must earn a C- or better in all dietetic required courses.

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5-Step Application Process

Step 1: Complete General Education Requirements

Step 2: Complete DPD Prerequisites

Step 3: Apply for a "Seat"

Step 4: Be Patient During the Review Process

Step 5: Take Care of Business

Not accepted?

You may continue to take most dietetics classes, with the exception of the MNT classes. Appendix A of the DPD Handbook provides a listing of these classes. Please also talk with an advisor about your options.

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