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Dietetics program

The Dietetics Area of Concentration in the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences is currently accredited as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    ACEND® can be contacted by:
  • Email: ACEND@eatright.org
  • Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
  • Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995

The Mission of the DPD at LSU is to provide a program of excellence that gives students a broad knowledge base combined with specialized skills in human nutrition, food and food systems management to improve the quality of life for families and individuals in a complex and changing world. The program prepares students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. The learning environment is structured to promote self-reliance, critical thinking, problem solving, intellectual curiosity, community involvement, scholarly pursuits, life-long learning, and professional integrity.

Students successfully completing this program requirements will receive a verification statement that allows them to apply for an ACEND accredited dietetic internship. This internship is required before students are eligible to sit for the registry examination to become a registered dietitian (RD).

Registered dietitians provide expertise in nutrition and food service management in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, universities, hospitals, clinics, care centers, the armed services, research laboratories, commercial and industrial establishments, and local, state and federal health programs.

Students who successfully complete the knowledge requirements of the dietetics concentration, as outlined by ACEND, but do not enter and complete a dietetic internship are qualified to sit the examination to become a dietetic technician, registered (DTR).

Information about both the RD and DTR programs are available through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

PROGRAM GOALS AND OBEJCTIVES

  • Goal #1– The learning environment of the DPD is structured to promote self-reliance, critical thinking, problem solving, intellectual curiosity, community involvement, scholarly pursuits, and life-long learning in its program graduates.
    • Objective 1.1: At least 80% percent of program students complete program/degree requirements within 6 years (150% of the program length).
    • Objective 1.2: The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
    • Objective 1.3: 50% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
    • Objective 1.4: 60% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.

  • Goal #2 – The DPD program will prepare graduates to demonstrate professionalism and professional integrity in the field of dietetics.
    • Objective 2.1: 100% of Dietetic Internship Directors surveyed will rate their satisfaction with the required knowledge preparation program graduates receive before entering an internship on average 3.5 or higher (on a 5.0 scale).
    • Objective 2.2: 100% of Dietetic Internship Directors surveyed will rate their satisfaction with the professionalism of program graduates completing an internship on average 3.5 or higher (on a 5.0 scale).
    • Objective 2.3: 100% of Dietetic Internship Directors surveyed will rate their satisfaction with the professional integrity of program graduates completing an internship on average 3.5 or higher (on a 5.0 scale).

The program outcomes data for the DPD are available upon request.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In Louisiana, graduates also must obtain licensure to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD program at LSU are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program with another institution. LSU does not currently offer a supervised practice program. For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students

The three other concentrations in the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences: Nutritional Sciences/Pre-Medical; Nutrition, Health, and Society; and Food Science and Technology, do not prepare students to obtain professional credentials in dietetics.

FOR DOWNLOAD:
1. Student Handbook: Didactic Program in Dietetics (PDF) ver: Dec 2018

2. Dietetic Internship Application Information Packet (2018-2019)

3. Dietetics Concentration Vital Information Sheet

SCHOLASTIC REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete the required 120 hours of course credit to receive the Bachelor’s degree. All DPD course requirements listed must also be completed to receive a verification statement.

Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA (Cumulative and LSU) and earn a grade of “C” or better in all required NFS courses, as well as BIOL 2160 and 2083.

A student who fails to earn a 2.0 Semester GPA in each of two consecutive semesters (or one semester and a summer term) and whose Cumulative and LSU GPA is below 2.0 will be declared ineligible to continue in the College of Agriculture.

** This curriculum assumes students enter the university ready to take MATH 1023/1550 (as demonstrated through ACT scores or placement tests). Students needing to complete preparatory courses should plan to attend summer school at a junior college to catch up with the curriculum **

CRITICAL REQUIREMENTS

CRITICAL REQUIREMENTS must be met by the indicated semester to be considered making minimal progress in their degree program.

  • Sem 1: "C" or better in ENGL 1001
  • Sem 2: NFS 1110; CHEM 1201
  • Sem 3: NFS 1014
  • Sem 4: CHEM 2060
  • Sem 5: BIOL 2083


NOTE: This page is offered as an aid for planning a course of study. The LSU General Catalog contains the official requirements for graduation. See the requirements for your program and catalog year for the specifics of the progress through your program. This page is updated for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Download the Dietetics Curriculum: PDF

DIETETICS >
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS: 120
Semester 1 Semester 2
CRITICAL: "C" or better in ENGL 1001 CRITICAL: NFS 1110; CHEM 1201
3
ENGL 1001 - English Composition
3
CHEM 1202 - General Chemistry
3
BIOL 1201 - Biology for Science Majors I
2
CHEM 1212 - General Chemistr Laboratory
1
BIOL 1208 - Biology Laboratory for Science Majors I
3
NFS 1110 - Introduction to Nutritional Sciences
5
MATH 1023 - College Algebra and Trigonometry
3
PSYC 2000 - Introduction to Psychology
3
CHEM 1201 - General Chemistry
3
ANTH 1003 - Intro to Cultural and Social Anthropology, OR
SOCL 2001 - Introductory Soiology
15 = Total Semester Hours 14 = Total Semester Hours
 
Semester 3 Semester 4
CRITICAL: NFS 1014 CRITICAL: CHEM 2060
4
NFS 1014 - Food Theory and Skills
4
EXST 2201 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis
3
CHEM 2060 - Survey of Organic Chemistry
3
NFS 2000 - Fundamentals of Food Science
3
NFS 2112 - Human Lifecycle Nutrition
3
BIOL 2083 - The Elements of Biochemistry
3
BIOL 2160 - Human Physiology
3
NFS 3110 - Nutrition Counseling and Education
3
NFS 2110 - Methods of Nutritional Assessment
3
General Education Course - Arts
16 = Total Semester Hours 16 = Total Semester Hours
 
Semester 5 Semester 6
CRITICAL: BIOL 2083 CRITICAL: none listed
3
BIOL 1011 - Microorganisms and Man
3
ENGL 2000 - English Composition
1
BIOL 1012 - Microorganisms and Man Laboratory
3
NFS 3114 - Food and Culture
3
NFS 3000 - Food Safety
3
NFS 3115 - Human Nutrition and Metabolism
3
KIN 2500 - Human Anatomy
3
NFS 3116 - Community Nutrition
3
CMST 2060 - Public Speaking
3
MGT 3200 - Principles of Management
3
NFS 3025 - Professionalism in Dietetics
 
16 = Total Semester Hours 15 = Total Semester Hours
 
Semester 7 Semester 8
CRITICAL: none listed CRITICAL: none listed
4
NFS 4111 - Nutrition and Disease I
3
NFS 4023 - Management in Dietetics
4
NFS 3119 - Fundamentals of Quantity Food Production
1
NFS 4021 Contemporary Topics in Nutrition
3
1General Education course - Humanities
3
NFS 4110 - Capstone in Nutritional Sciences
3
Elective
4
NFS 4114 - Nutrition and Disease II
   
3
General Education course - Humanities
14 = Total Semester Hours 14 = Total Semester Hours
 
1General Education Humanities: three hours chosen from a 2000-level English course on the General Education list

For more information, contact:

Dr. Erin McKinley, PhD, RD, LDN, CLC, CHES
Assistant Professor & Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics
285 Knapp Hall
phone: 225-578-1631
fax: 225-578-2697
email: emckinley@agcenter.lsu.edu

revised: 20-Feb-2019 17:24