Dietetics is the science of managing food and nutrition to promote health. Students choosing this option will examine nutrition and its application to food and health. The didactic program in dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND is recognized as the accrediting agency for bachelor level dietetic programs in the United States. ACEND contact information: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, telephone 312-899-0040, fax 312-899-4817, ACEND@eatright.org or www.eatrightacend.org/acend.
To become a registered dietitian (R. D.), students must complete a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an ACEND accredited undergraduate program, complete an ACEND accredited supervised practice program, and complete a national exam. At the completion of our baccalaureate specialty in dietetics, students will be able to apply to a supervised practice program. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is encouraged for application to supervised practice programs. Graduates who meet these requirements are eligible to take the national registration exam.
All applicants must first seek admission to the University by completing an application, having official transcripts of high school and other universities and colleges sent to the University of Southern Indiana, and completing all other University admission requirements. Applicants with a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average may be admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition program.
Pre-Dietetic students who are seeking formal admission to the Dietetics program will need to complete the following criteria and submit a formal Dietetics Application to the Food and Nutrition department. Complete the following coursework (or equivalent) with a minimum 2.9 overall grade point average: *BIOL 121 , PSY 201 , ENG 101 , CMST 101 or CMST 107 , MATH 111 , *CHEM 261 , *NUTR 203 , and *NUTR 376 . Courses with an * require a "C" or better.