The practice of dietetics is continuously changing as new research is discovered on foods and its role in human health. As a dietetics student you will study nutrition in depth and gain experiences to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). An RDN is a nutrition expert and is a nationally recognized credential that is required for most employment in the healthcare industry and preferred for many other employment opportunities in the area of food and nutrition.
Minimum Requirements for both Dietetics Programs
Before entering a Dietetics Program at NDSU, students must have received:
- B or above in:
- HNES 250 – Nutrition Science
- C or above in:
- CHEM 117 - Chemical Concepts and Applications
- BIOC 260 - Elements of Biochemistry
- MICR 202/L - Introductory Microbiology/Laboratory
- BIOL 220/L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I/Laboratory
- BIOL 221/L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II/Laboratory
Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) GPA Requirements
On a 4-point scale, a 3.0 overall GPA is required and a 2.75 science GPA. Applications from students with less than a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in courses required on the Dietetics 4-Year Plan of Study may not be considered. The cumulative GPA of 3.0 and cumulative sciences GPA of 2.75 will be evaluated again before the beginning of the Fall semester.
Dietitian Education Program (DEP) BS/MS Accredited Accelerated Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics GPA Requirements
On a 4-point scale, a 3.5 overall GPA is required and a 2.75 science GPA. Applications from students with less than a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in courses required on the Dietetics 5-Year Plan of Study WILL NOT be considered. The cumulative GPA of 3.5 and cumulative sciences GPA of 2.75 will be evaluated again before the beginning of the Fall semester.
Applications are due mid-January for admittance the following fall. Please see the due date on the application for the exact date. Applications received after the due date listed on the application will not be considered.
After faculty review of your application materials, eligible students will be invited for the final step in the application process which is an interview with Dietetics faculty.
Required Application Materials
1. Personal Statement
2. Completed Application Form.
3. Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended
4. Two (2) letters of reference
NOTE: The courses (or equivalent) listed for the 1st and 2nd year of the 4- or 5-year plan of study must be completed prior to fall semester of the junior year before entering either of the Dietetics programs. If incomplete at the time of application, a plan to correct this deficiency is needed in the personal statement. Exceptions may be made through the Dietetics Program Coordinator of the program by which you are applying. Students who have not completed the required science courses will forfeit their position in the program.
Admission Selection Criteria
- Cumulative GPA in required courses
- Science GPA
- Letters of recommendation
- Paid work experience in dietetics and/or, non-dietetics
- Volunteer experience
- Membership and participation in professional student organizations including SAND and/or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Personal statement
- Completed application
- Personal interview
Program Notification of Admission Procedure
The notification on the decision for your selection into the Program will be e-mailed to your e-mail address that you provided, no later than April 1st each year.
Additional Requirements for the DEP BS/MS Accredited Accelerated Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
1. Students must achieve and maintain a 3.5 overall GPA and a 2.75 GPA in sciences upon submission of their declaration of intent and application to the graduate school.
2. Submit a Declaration Form to the Graduate School for the Accelerated option in early fall of year 3 (after sophomore year). Declaration Form
3. Apply to the Graduate School once the declaration form has been approved by the graduate school. Graduate School Application
The application to the Graduate School will require:
- Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended
- A Statement of Purpose
- Letters of Recommendation
- Writing sample
NOTE: Once admitted to the program, students must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and earn a 'C' or better in all HNES and graduate courses. Students earn a BS degree in dietetics at the end of 4 years and an MS degree in Exercise/Nutrition Science after year 5. After year 5, students who successfully complete all components of the program (BS, MS, and 1000 hours supervised practice) will be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration exam.
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Transfer Student Application and Admissions Process
All transfer students (from other institutions or from other programs on campus) must complete a program application as outlined above in order to be considered for acceptance into a Dietetics program. If you have questions about course transfer equivalency, you can search the NDSU Transfer Course Equivalencies page.
Some colleges may have articulation agreements in place with NDSU Dietetics. Click here for more information.
You can also contact Robert Dirk, Academic Advisor for HNES, by phone (701) 231-9848 or via e-mail at email@example.com for questions regarding transferring to one of NDSU’s Dietetics programs.
Kerrie Honrath, MS, RDN, LRD
DEP BS/MS Accredited Accelerated Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinator
Ashley T. Roseno, PhD, RDN, LRD
Assessment of Prior Learning
A student may request that the Dietetics Curriculum Team (made up of all Dietetics faculty) evaluate prior coursework or work experience to give credit for the learning that occurred in those experiences. For a class substitution or waiver, the student will be required to make a formal request to the Program Coordinator with the course syllabus and transcript with the final grade of requested substitution. Samples of work completed will also be required if a class waiver is requested. If the student is requesting credit for learning that occurred during work or volunteer experiences, the student must include job title, detailed job duties, length of experience, work samples and their supervisor’s name to contact for a performance evaluation. The student’s self-assessment of competencies that he/she feel that the experience met also need to be included.
The Core Knowledge Requirements for DPD, Competencies for the DEP, as well as university requirements will be used by the Dietetics Team to establish the level of prior learning. The Dietetics Team meets monthly during the academic year. The Program Coordinator will contact the student within one week after the request has been discussed in the team meeting. If approved, the student will be instructed to contact his/her advisor to complete the appropriate substitution/waiver request for the Office of Registration and Records. To appeal the Committee’s decision, follow the university grievance procedure found in the NDSU Student Handbook.