Nutrition And Dietetics Concentration

If you are passionate about food, nutrition, and health, a career in dietetics is for you. The Bachelor of Science degree with the Didactic Program in Dietetics concentration prepares you to compete competitively for acceptance into an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) post-baccalaureate dietetic internship or a graduate degree program in nutrition or a related field. If you choose, you will be eligible to sit for the national exam to become a dietetic technician.

FSU’s Didactic Program graduates twenty-four undergraduate and graduate students each year. These students complete the coursework required for acceptance into an approved Dietetic Internship. Upon competition of a dietetic internships, these students can sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration's dietetic registration exam to become a registered dietitian. In 2022, 100% of students who applied to Dietetic Internships were accepted.

In your senior year of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), our faculty will mentor you through the application process for acceptance into an Accredited Dietetic Internship. You will learn about the different types of internship programs and how to create an outstanding and dynamic application. During your dietetic internship, you will complete the supervised practice hours required to take the national Registration Exam to become a registered dietitian. You will be prepared to work as an entry-level dietitian on the medical team, as a foodservice director, or as a community nutritionist and begin your career as a registered dietitian.

The four-year course schedule at FSU includes enough electives for you to minor in another discipline or take advantage of the many electives offered in the Food and Nutrition or other departments on campus. In this way, you can increase your knowledge and improve your skills in critical thinking, psychology, management, communications, world language, technology, or other disciplines at FSU.

Entrance into the DPD is by application only. Applications are accepted in the spring semester for entrance the following fall. You must be a matriculated as either an undergraduate or graduate student to apply to the DPD.

The Nutrition and Dietetics/Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995

Dr. Susan Massad is the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics.

The policy for prior learning, including transfer credits, can be found in the Food Nutrition Handbook, page 30.  (Click the link to the handbook below, under “helpful resources”).