The Food, Nutrition and Dietetics (FND) sequence is a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD Program) which prepares students for dietetic internships and careers in promoting optimal health by incorporating positive food choices and nutrition strategies which influence the overall well-being of individuals and communities. Our DPD Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
The FND sequence is a 120–121 semester hour program that includes extensive coursework in the sciences, social sciences, management, and specialized courses covering the broad field of food, nutrition and dietetics. Students gain comprehensive knowledge of foods and nutrition and develop professional skills in medical nutrition therapy, food service management, community health, and nutrition counseling.
Graduates are eligible to begin a dietetic internship, if matched. Students generally apply for a post-graduate dietetic internship during their last semester. Dietetic internships require a minimum 1200 hours of preprofessional practice experience, approximately 8 months full time. Most internships are typically 10-12 months long, or longer if combined with graduate coursework or a required master's degree. Though completion of a DPD program meets the requirements for a dietetic internship, it is not a guarantee of being matched to a dietetic internship.
Dietetic internship matching is highly competitive with the national match rate at approximately 50% for the past several years. The Illinois State University Didactic Program in Dietetics' (DPD) match rate of 66% for the past three years exceeds the national average.
After completion of a dietetic internship, one is eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians. The R.D. exam pass rate for ISU DPD graduates taking the exam for the first time during the past 5 years is 89%. The registered dietitian credential is necessary, in most cases, to become licensed to practice as a dietitian/nutritionist in the State of Illinois and other states requiring licensure.
More detailed information about food, nutrition and dietetics is located at the Family and Consumer Sciences - Food, Nutrition and Dietetics link. Check out the Careers tab on the FND link for more information about the recommended skills, what it takes to be successful in this major, and an extensive lists of food, nutrition and dietetics-related careers options.