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Dietitian Education Program

Mission Statement: 

The mission for the Dietitian Education Program (DEP) at North Dakota State University is to prepare competent professionals who will contribute to the profession and community as entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in clinical, foodservice, or community nutrition.

Program Goals and Measurable Outcomes

 Goal 1: The program will provide comprehensive educational and clinical experiences to enable students to develop competencies needed to function as successful entry-level general practitioners in the profession of dietetics.

    • Over a 7– year period, 70% or more of dietetic graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within 12 months of program completion.
    • Over a 7 –year period, Alumni achieve a pass rate of 80% or above for first-time attempts on the Registration Exam.
    • Over a 7- year period, ≥80% of program graduates will be satisfied with the DEP
    • Over a 7 – year period, ≥ 80% of graduate will rate their work performance, compared to other dietitians from other programs as “about the same” or “above average”.
    • Over a 7 – year period, ≥ 80% of graduates’ employers will rate work performance, as compared to graduates from other dietetic programs, as “about the same” or “above average”.
    • Over a 7 – year period, ≥ 90% or more of all students enrolled in HNES 351 (Metabolism) will graduate with a degree in Dietetics within 3 years (150% of the time planned for completion).

    Goal 2: The program will prepare students to contribute to the profession at the local, state, and national level.

      • Over a 7 – year period, ≥ 60% of students will be members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
      • Over a 7 – year period, ≥50% of graduates will engage in community service defined as volunteering time, giving a presentation to a community group, organizing a fundraising activity, or other actives involving donation of time or services.
      • Over a 7 – year period, ≥25% of graduates will hold a leadership position in an organization.

        *Program outcome data is available upon request.



        DEP Program Costs

        Tuition and Fees:

        Program Fee: $750.00 per semester

        Course Fees:
        HNES 261$ 69.00
        HNES 261L$230.00
        HNES 354L$ 50.00
        HNES 361L$230.00
        HNES 442L$ 25.00
        HNES 458L$ 75.00
        HNES 460L$ 75.00
        HNES 480$ 50.00

        Estimated additional costs: 

        In addition to program and class fees, there may be some additional costs associated with the program, which are listed below. We are not able to provide exact amounts of these costs, so be aware that the sum of money listed with each item are estimates. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive but is included to guide your financial planning

        Name Tag: $ 10.00
        Criminal Background Check: $ 30.00 (required)
        Mantoux Test: $ 8.00 per year (required)
        Student Membership in The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: $ 50.00 per year (required)
        Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership: $ 7.00 per year (required)
        Books: $500.00 per semester
        Drug test: Cost varies (not required by NDSU but may be required by clinical sites)
        Criminal Background Check: $60
        Mantoux test: $20
        Varicella titer: $75
        Flu Shot: $20



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        North Dakota State University
        Phone: +1 (701) 231-7474
        Campus address: Bentson-Bunker Fieldhouse Room 1 and E Morrow Lebedeff Hall 351
        Physical/delivery address: 1310 Centennial Boulevard, Fargo, ND 58102
        Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2620 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
        Page manager: Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science

        Last Updated: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 2:09:00 PM