The Food, Nutrition and Dietetics (FND) major at Illinois State University offers two sequences: Dietetics and Food and Nutrition Management.
The Dietetics option is an ACEND-accredited DPD program and provides the first steps in becoming a registered dietitian (R.D.)
The Food and Nutrition Management option prepares graduates for careers in the growing food industry. The trend of consumers eating more and more meals away from home and spending money on prepared foods continues to grow. Trained and qualified managers are needed wherever food is served to the public.The minimum GPA for admission into FND is 3.00 for Dietetics; 2.50 for Food and Nutrition Management. Admission to the dietetics option is highly competitive. Meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee admission into the program. Admission decisions are based not only on the cumulative GPA of the applicant, but on the quality of the overall pool of applications, and the number of seats available in the department for students. Students will receive a decision letter regarding their application either before or during advanced registration.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD program) is a 2 year program that includes extensive coursework in the sciences, social sciences, management and specialized courses covering the broad field of food, nutrition and dietetics. For students entering as a freshman, a four year plan of study outlining an eight-semester schedule to complete the degree requirements is available under “Plans of Study” on the right hand side of this page. A two-year plan of study is also available for transfer students with an associate’s degree or previous credit towards the major. You will need to complete an undergraduate professional practice experience as a program requirement. Information about this professional practice can be view under the internship tab on the right hand side of the page or here.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics provides the first step for students planning to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) by preparing graduates for the required ACEND accredited dietetic internship. The program culminates with students receiving a B.S. degree in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics and an ACEND Verification Statement of DPD Program Completion, which verifies that graduates have met the required Standards of Education established by ACEND, the accrediting agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This official statement is required for graduates to begin an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship after acceptance, and for other professional applications requiring verification of DPD Program completion.
Mission: The Didactic Program in Dietetics program (DPD program) is an integrative program that prepares students for careers that influence the overall health and well-being of individuals and communities through the knowledge of food and nutrition and prepares students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists.
Goal #1– The program will prepare competent graduates for acceptance into and success in supervised practice programs resulting in eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionists.
1) Over 5 years, 80% of students enrolled in the DPD program in the junior year will complete the program within 3 years. (3 years for students beginning the junior year; 3 years for graduate students entering the DPD program) Planned program length is 2 years.
2) Over 5 years 60% of DPD students will apply to a dietetic internship in the academic year they complete the program.
3) Over 5 years, 60% of DPD students applying will be matched to a dietetic internship within one year of completing the program.
4) Over 5 years, 80% of graduates who take the CDR exam for dietitian nutritionists will pass within one year following first attempt.
5) Over 5 years, 50% of graduates who responded to the survey who do not apply for dietetic internship or are not matched with a dietetic internship will be employed in a food and nutrition related field OR enrolled in further education study within 12 months of graduation.
Goal #2 – The program will prepare graduates who become influencers of the overall health and well-being of individuals and communities by providing opportunities within dietetics courses to develop the knowledge, problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary for success in a supervised practice program.
1) Over 5 years,≥80% of DPD graduates who complete a dietetic internship and respond to the survey will respond that they are either very satisfied (rating=1) or satisfied (rating=2) on a 5 point scale with our DPD program in preparing them for dietetic internships on survey with average rating of ≤2.50 for all 10 questions by each intern.
2) Over 5 years, ≥ 80% of DI directors who respond to survey will respond that they are either very satisfied (rating=1) or satisfied (rating=2) on a 5 point scale with our DPD program graduates on a survey with average rating of ≤2.50 for all 10 questions for each intern.
Program outcome data are available upon request.
Illinois State University Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 http://www.eatright.org/acend
Reaccreditation was completed in 2011. Our next site visit and review will occur in 2018.
DPD 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 pre-professional 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.
After completion of a dietetic internship, one is eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians. 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.
For information regarding cost to the student to attend the DPD program, financial aid and loan deferments please view Tuition and Fees.
The DPD program follows Illinois State University’s Academic Calendar
There are many scholarships available to students at Illinois State University and within the FCS department. To view information about FCS scholarships, please follow the FCS scholarship & Awards tab.
The Food and Nutrition Management program option combines business and management principles with food service and hospitality skills, and opens the doors to a variety of careers in the food service and management industry. This degree option requires fewer science courses (no organic and biochemistry) and more business and food-related courses than the dietetics option.
Consumers spend about 50 percent of their food dollars in restaurants, cafeterias, fast-food franchises, at work, or at school. Food systems managers organize these operations and make sure the foods are attractive, nutritious and safely prepared. Popular career options include restaurant manager, cafeteria manager, caterer, and corporate, hospital, long-term care, or school food service manager. Employment opportunities also exist with companies that produce food, food ingredients, or processing equipment, and in food safety inspection, food sales, marketing, and business management.
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 near the top of 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.