The Food, Nutrition and Dietetics (FND) sequence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels specializes in dietetics rather than nutritional science or food science. The FND graduate option is best suited for registered dietitians seeking a master's degree or individuals with a bachelor's degree who want to become eligible for an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship, the next step in becoming a registered dietitan (R.D.).
An overview of the steps required to become eligible for a dietetic internship are located at Step to Becoming a R.D. - Overview. Individuals with a previous bachelor's degree seeking to become eligible for a dietetic internship may earn a master's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences while completing the coursework required to become eligible for an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship. The required dietetics courses generally include 20 semester hours of courses that can be applied to a master's degree; however, this may not be the best option for all students. Other options for taking the required dietetics courses are to enroll for a second bachelor's degree or as a graduate student-at-large. The Steps to Becoming a R.D. - Graduate link explains all of these options more fully.
Consult our master's degree, dietetic internship information if you have or will earn a Verification Statement from an accredited DPD Program and are considering applying to our 21-month, ACEND-accredited, dietetic internship.
Generally a student with a life science-related bachelor's degree can complete the required coursework in 1-1/2 - 2 years or possibly less time with up to 3 - 4 courses taken during their last fall and spring semesters.
Students with a non-science degree will generally require 2 - 3 years because of course prerequisite requirements, with one year for the general science courses and other deficiencies, prior to taking the 1-1/2 - 2 years of upper-level science and food, nutrition, and dietetics-related courses.
If you have a degree in something other than food, nutrition and dietetics from Illinois State, or a prior degree or coursework from another school, Ciarra Kent (firstname.lastname@example.org), the DPD Program Director, must evaluate your past courses to determine what courses you must complete to meet the ACEND Standards of Education requirements at Illinois State and become eligible to receive a Verification Statement of DPD Program Completion.
Additional information about how to apply and degree requirements is located at the Department's Graduate website.