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Becoming a Registered Dietitian - BS in HES with a major in Food & Nutrition

In order to become a Registered Dietitian you must:

  1. Complete the minimum of a Bachelor's degree;
  2. Complete the requirements of an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) to earn a Verification Statement;
  3. Apply and complete an ACEND accredited Supervised Practice program such as a Dietetic Internship (DI), a Coordinated Program (CP), or an Individualized Supervised Pathway (ISPP);
  4. Successfully complete the Registered Dietitian (RD) examination.  

Read more about becoming a dietitian at www.eatright.org and then click on the "Student" tab.

The Food and Nutrition major at UA satisfies part of the requirements that lead to the registered dietitian credential: a Bachelor’s degree and a didactic program in dietetics Verification Statement.

Once a student has been admitted as a student at UA and when basic requirements have been completed, the student must submit a DPD Admission Application Form (Click here to see the requirements and a copy of the form.) 

To be eligible for a Verification Statement, a student must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 of higher;
  2. Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of DPD courses, including the DPD Capstone courses from UA;
  3. Earn a grade of C- or higher in all DPD science courses (CH 104 & 105; BSC 215, 216, & 242; and PY 101);
  4. Earn a grade of B- or higher in all DPD professional courses (NHM 100-400 level and BER 345 or equivalent);
  5. May only have a total of 2 retakes in one DPDP professional course or 1 retake in up to 2 different DPD professional courses;
  6. Complete a Bachelor's degree.  

(Updated: August 2015)