Dietetics program overview


The didactic program in dietetics is a challenging curriculum, including courses in foundational sciences (such as chemistry, biology and biochemistry), nutritional sciences (such as food science and medical nutrition therapy for specific pathology) and community and research. Integrative and functional nutrition, as well as sustainability concepts, are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Students complete coursework in the behavioral and social sciences (to include psychology, motivational interview, social sciences and organizational behavior) to prepare them to engage in nutrition counseling, coaching, and education, to serve in leadership positions, and to collaborate effectively on multidisciplinary teams within the profession.

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and provides curriculum to prepare students to be eligible to apply for an accredited supervised practice (dietetic internship) and graduate school. 

Becoming a Registered Dietitian

The process to become a registered dietitian nutritionist includes:

  • Completion of the bachelor degree from an ACEND-accredited dietetics program
  • Awarding of the verification statement upon the conferral of the degree from an ACEND-accredited dietetics program
  • Successful completion of an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program
  • Passing the RDN credentialing exam

Note: In January 2024, completion of a graduate degree with the ACEND-accredited supervised practice program will be required to earn the verification statement to sit for the RDN credentialing exam.

All students pursuing the RDN credential should plan to attend graduate school with an ACEND-accredited supervised practice after graduation. 

Acceptance into a post-baccalaureate accredited supervised practice program is very competitive. The national acceptance rate to an accredited supervised practice program for the years 2008-15 has held steady at 53%. The University of Dayton acceptance rate to supervised practice has remained above the national average with a 10-year average of 82%. While no dietetics program can guarantee a student’s acceptance into an internship, UD dietetics students are provided career counseling throughout their four years in the program to prepare to be a competitive match. Students are encouraged to fully engage in academic learning, attainment of work experience, and engagement in professional advocacy and support to prepare for a competitive match.

Historically, UD students successfully match when the following criteria are achieved:

  • Earn and maintain a 3.2 GPA or higher (average GPA for the UD dietetics class during the past 5 years has been 3.52, with a range of 3.2-3.9)
  • Didactic program in dietetics professional coursework “B” or higher
  • Didactic program in dietetics science coursework “B-” or higher (it is not uncommon to see a “C” or “C+” in one or two 300- or 400-level science courses).
  • Obtain and maintain paid work experience in a nutrition- or food service-related field for at least 2 years (equivalent to 200-hours of paid work experience).
  • Seek out long-term volunteer nutrition related experience (not to be substituted for paid experience).
  • Committed active involvement in Student Dietetic Association and/or to the dietetic program.
  • Develop leadership skills through extracurricular activities or engagement in dietetics or HSS projects or leadership positions by the end of the 3rd year of study.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, ability to be a team player, shows respect to professors and peers, and takes responsibility for actions and decisions.

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