Students in the Dietetics emphasis prepare to become Registered Dietitians (RDs) and receive excellent instruction and experience in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and food service management. USU offers two programs in Dietetics—the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) and the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Both are accredited by the the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association.
The CPD Program includes coursework and a 1,200-hour supervised internship. The graduate is eligible to take the national registration exam to become an RD upon completion of the BS degree.
After completing requirements for a bachelor’s degree, students in the DPD Program are eligible to apply for a supervised internship experience elsewhere. This includes the USU Distance Internship and others across the nation. Upon completion of a post-BS internship, graduates are eligible to take the national registration exam.
Admission into either Dietetics Program (CPD or DPD) requires formal application during spring semester of the sophomore year (or when prerequisite coursework is completed). Up to twelve students are accepted into the CPD program each year and go through the program in unison. Other applicants who meet the minimum criteria for entry into the Dietetics Program (a cummulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a grade of C- or better in required prerequisite coursework) are eligible for entry into the DPD program. Selected applicants are expected to register for dietetics courses beginning the following fall semester.
* Completion of courses required for the Food Science Emphasis, Nutrition Science emphasis, or Dietetics emphasis may be suitable preparation for students planning to apply to medical school. Students need to meet with the departmental undergraduate advisor to develop an individualized plan of study.