Dietetics program overview

Through the dietetics program, students integrate the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences to gain a thorough understanding of food science, nutrition through the lifespan, community nutrition, management and organizational theories and medical nutrition therapy.


In the dietetics curriculumstudents will take rigorous science- and math-based coursework to build foundational knowledge and skills in order to prepare students for the second step towards becoming a Registered Dietitian—the successful completion of an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship program.

To further the student’s development into a nutrition and dietetics professional, students will be required to join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and are strongly encouraged to obtain paid work experience related to dietetics during their four years at UD.

Post-graduate internship

There are two steps required to sit for the RDN credentialing exam:

  • Successful completion of a Bachelor degree from an accredited dietetics program.
  • Successful completion of a post-graduate accredited supervised practice (internship) program.

As a UD dietetics major, you will apply to a dietetic internship program during the second semester of your senior year.

Acceptance into a post-baccalaureate program is very competitive and based on grade point average, science GPA, dietetics course GPA,  recommendation letters, paid work experience, extracurricular activities, motivation and knowledge of the profession. The average GPA accepted into internships is a 3.5. University of Dayton Dietetics Program range of GPA’s for acceptance into an internship is a 3.3 or higher with paid nutrition-related work experience.

There are approximately 280 dietetic accredited post-graduate internship programs nationwide. Students can find a listing of these programs on the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) website. All dietetic internships are required to maintain accreditation through the ACEND. These programs provide students with experience in food management, community dietetics, and clinical dietetics.The DPD Director will work with each dietetic student in the fall of their final year of study to provide guidance during the application process. Students generally submit formal application in the second semester of their senior year to post-baccalaureate programs.  

Many dietetic internship programs require students to take the GRE as part of the application process. Selection of the post-baccalaureate program is made through computer matching, using D&D Digital and DICAS. For more internship application timeline and matching information, visit the ACEND website.

After successfully completing the post-baccalaureate internship program -- which is usually eight to 11 months in length -- you will be eligible to sit for the examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Many states will require state licensing to be eligible to practice medical nutrition therapy with the RDN credential. Ohio requires licensing of RDN’s to practice medical nutrition therapy within the state of Ohio.

Credentialing change: As of Jan. 1, 2024, a master’s degree will be required with the accredited internship in order to be eligible to sit for the RDN credentialing exam. Students entering a bachelor’s program in dietetics should plan to complete a graduate degree with internship after graduation.

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