The Food, Nutrition and Dietetics (FND) sequence at Illinois State University offers two degree options: Dietetics and Food and Nutrition Management.
Dietetics has been the focus of the Food, Nutrition and Dietetics sequence for many decades. 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 Dietetics option 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) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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 food 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 86.5% with annual pass rates of: 2009-85%; 2010-92%; 2011-92%; 2012- 87%; and 2013-81%. 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.
Dietetics is competitive with a 50-52% national match rate to dietetic internships. The Keys to Success in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics link provides more information about what it takes to be matched to a dietetic internship.
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.
Check out the Food and Nutrition Management section of the Keys to Success in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics link for additional information about this program option and its opportunities.
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.
If you are currently an Illinois State University student and interested in transferring to one of the two Food, Nutrition and Dietetics program options, log into My Illinois State, click on the "Apply to My Program" link, and complete the online application. The deadline to apply for fall semester admission is February 21 and for spring it is September 21 each year.