Fueling the body and mind. That’s what we do.

A nutrition program prepares you to apply knowledge of food and nutrition to health. Nutrition students can choose one of three tracks: 

  • Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is an ACEND-accredited program that prepares students for entry into a post-undergraduate internship program to become a Registered Dietitian 
  • Nutrition and Wellness track prepares students to work in communities as health educators, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention 
  •  Nutrition Science track is a science-based program that prepares students for medical school and/or graduate school.  

What You’ll Do  

Nutrition majors learn their field and receive hands-on experience in a variety of clinical, community, and food service settings. You’ll  

  • Work closely with qualified, dedicated faculty. 
  • Develop a strong foundation in evidenced-based nutritional principles and practices. 
  • Receive hands-on experience providing nutrition education to senior citizens, participating in health fairs, and working alongside registered dietitians in local hospitals. 
  • Network with professionals in the industry. 

Outcomes & Careers 

  • 98% 

    Successful Outcomes Rate 

    98% of students in the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation report being employed or furthering their education within six months of graduation. 

     


  • $64k 

    Dietitian

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a dietitian is $64,150. 

     


     

     

     

  • $33k

    Dietetic Technician

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a dietetic technician is $32,920. 

     

     

     

     


  • $80k

    Food Scientist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a food scientist is $80,190. 

     

What You'll Study

The four-year ACEND-accredited program is a major component in the process to obtain the educational background and experiences required to become a registered dietitian. After graduation, a supervised practice and successful completion of a national credentialing exam are required. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Nutrition students must be admitted to the Didactic Program in Dietetics prior to enrolling in upper division (300 level or above major courses) dietetics courses.


Nutrition
(83-84-Hour Major – Minor required where noted)

Required Courses:

  • BS113 Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
  • BS114 Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • FN235 Nutrition for Health (3)
  • FN240 Introduction to Food Science (3)
  • FN255 Nutrition I (3)
  • FN340 Professional Dietetic Seminar (1)
  • FN355 Lifespan Nutrition (3)
  • FN540 Community Nutrition (3)
  • HL303 Research Methods (3) OR PY 271 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics (3)
  • MI101 Introduction to Computer Applications (3)
  • PY101 Introduction to Psychology (3)

Choose one advising track:

Didactic Program in Dietetics Track – no minor required

  • BS240 Microorganisms/Human Host (4)
  • CH181 Basic Principles of Chemistry (5)
  • CH234 Organic & Biological Chemistry (3)
  • FN 310 Food & Culture (3)
  • FN 320 Essentials of Food Science (4)
  • FN330 Financial Management and Cost Control in Dietetics (3)
  • FN360 Food Safety & Sanitation (3)
  • FN370 Nutrition Assessment (3)
  • FN401 Sports Nutrition (3)
  • FN415 Principles & Practices of Food Service for the Dietitian (3)
  • FN450 Food Service Operations (4)
  • FN502 Nutrition II (3)
  • FN503 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (4)
  • FN504 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (4)
  • FN505 Senior Dietetic Seminar (1)
  • FN510 Nutrition & Health Education (3)
  • FN525 Nutrition Counseling (3)
  • MA116 Precalculus A (3)

Nutrition Science Track – no minor required

  • BI163 Evolution & Ecology (4)
  • BI173 Cell & Organismal Biology (4)
  • BI283 Genetics (4)
  • BI310 General Microbiology (4)
  • CH184/185 General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (4)
  • CH186 General Chemistry II (3)
  • CH187 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
  • CH341 Foundations of Organic Chemistry (4)
  • CH342 Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CH343 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CH344 Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CH531 Biochemistry (3)
  • FN320 Essentials of Food Science (4)
  • FN360 Food Safety & Sanitation (3)
  • FN370 Nutrition Assessment (3)
  • FN502 Nutrition II (3)
  • FN503 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3)
  • MA116 Precalculus A (3)

Nutrition and Wellness Track – minor required

  • FN310 Food & Culture (3)
  • FN370 Nutrition Assessment (3)
  • FN503 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (4)
  • FN510 Nutrition & Health Education (3)
  • FN520 Nutrition & Aging (3)
  • HL111 Introduction to Health Management (3)
  • HL120 Health Perspectives (3)
  • HL260 Health Promotion Practicum (3)
  • HL320 Community Health (3)
  • HL332 Lifestyle Disease Risk Reduction (3)
  • HL432 Health Promotion Programs (3)
  • HL490 Program Planning/Evaluation (3)
  • MA123 Mathematical Reasoning and Modeling (3)
    OR
  • MA155 Statistical Reasoning (3)

"Critical Courses" are italicized and bolded. These courses are indicators of potential for success in the degree program.

Program Contact:

Amy Moore PhD, MPH, RD, LD
Director Dietetics Program/Assistant Professor
Southeast Missouri State University
1 University Plaza
Scully 7650
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
573-651-2059
armoore@semo.edu

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 

  • UI100 (3) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • PY101 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • FN235 (3)
  • MI101 (3)
  • Track Course (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 

  • BS113/013 (4) 
  • FN240 (3) 
  • FN255 (3) 
  • HL303/PY271 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (14 Hours) 

  • BS114/014 (4) 
  • FN340 (1) 
  • General Education/Track Course (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 

Milestone: Apply for and gain admission to Dietetics program.

(Summer courses are encouraged to avoid 18 hour semesters)

Junior Year

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • FN355 (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • Track Course (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Milestone: Maintain 3.0 gpa in major courses.

Senior Year

Fall Semester (14 Hours) 

  • FN540 (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • Track Course (3)
  • Track Course (3)
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (12 Hours) 

  • Track Course (3)
  • Track Course (3)
  • Track Course (3)
  • Track Course (3)

Milestone: Maintain 3.0 gpa in major courses.

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

Nutrition

The nutrition program prepares students to apply knowledge of food and nutrition to health. Students can choose one of three tracks within the nutrition program, depending on their career and professional goals. The available tracks are as follow…: 1) the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is an ACEND-accredited program that prepares students for entry into a post-undergraduate internship program to become a Registered Dietitian (RD), 2) the Nutrition and Wellness track prepares students to work in communities as health educators, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention, and 3) the Nutrition Science track is a science-based program that prepares students for medical school and/or graduate school. Nutrition students receive hands-on experience in a variety of clinical, community, and foodservice settings. Some examples include provision of nutrition education to senior citizens, participation in University health fairs, clinical exposure in local hospitals, and meal preparation and management for both small and large groups of people.

  • Interact with qualified, dedicated faculty.
  • Develop a strong foundation in evidenced-based nutritional principles and practices
  • Receive hands on experience in a variety of settings including clinical nutrition services, food service management and community nutrition.
  • Have the opportunity to network with professionals in the field of dietetics

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Southeast Missouri State University is to provide a high quality, professional undergraduate education through didactic and experiential learning that meets the standards outlined by ACEND in order to prepare students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a RDN.

Goal 1

The program will provide graduates with the intellectual skills, knowledge base, and interpersonal skills that will support them for acceptance into supervised practice/experiential learning leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Objectives

  • At least 80 percent of program students complete program/degree requirements within 3.75 years (150% of the program length).
  • 80 percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • 70 percent of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  • 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%.
  • 80 percent of Internship directors will rate graduates preparation for their supervised practice as somewhat satisfied to very satisfied.
  • 80 percent of program graduates will respond to the alumni survey that they felt prepared for their post-baccalaureate supervised practice/experiential learning as measured as average/neutral-excellent/extremely well.

Goal 2

Program graduates will be satisfied with dietetics as their chosen field of study.

Objectives

  • 80 percent of graduates responding to the alumni survey will state if they could plan their academic career again, they would choose dietetics as their field of study.

Outcomes data are available on request

Graduates of Southeast’s Dietetics Program obtain the knowledge and skills required for acceptance into dietetic internships/supervised practice, graduate education, or related entry-level positions. Entering the profession of dietetics as a Registered Dietitian (RD)/ Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) consists of successful completion of the following:

Steps to Obtaining the RDN Credential to be a Nutrition Expert and Credential Health Care Provider:

  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) such as our program here at Southeast.
After your completion of your bachelors degree in Nutrition at Southeast and obtaining your verification statement you may apply for a Dietetic Internship or Supervised Practice Program. Acceptance into a dietetic internship is completed through a computer-based system using a company called D&D Digital. More information on the computer match can be found at: eatrightpro.org
  1. Acceptance and completion of an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship program or pathway offering supervised-practice. Southeast offers an accredited MSAN program offering a combined supervised practice/Master of Science.
  2. Pass a national examination administered by the Commission for Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  3. Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

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 order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website. 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). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD program at Southeast Missouri State University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice.

More information about state licensure requirements.

More information about educational pathways to become a RDN.

Admission to the Dietetics Option: Didactic Program in Dietetics Track

The Declaration of Major does not constitute admission to the program. Students may complete the Declaration of Major form and be assigned an advisor in the department of Human Environmental Studies anytime after they have been admitted to the University and have begun attending classes.

Students wishing to be formally admitted into the Dietetics Option must meet the following admission criteria:

  1. Completion of 45 semester hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall including the following course work (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of “C”: MA134; PY 101; CH 181; AD 101; EN 140; FN 235; BS 113; BS 114; Economic Systems.
  2. Completion of all developmental courses (if applicable).

Admission Procedures

  1. Each student will complete a declaration of major form. When eligibility requirements have been met, an application for admission must be completed and submitted to the departmental office. The Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics will determine if all admission criteria are met. The Administrative Assistant will send letter of acceptance with copy of admission policy to successful applicants. Those individuals who do not meet the admission criteria will be notified in writing.
  2. Each semester, grades will be reviewed by the DPD director. Any student failing to meet retention requirements will be notified by mail within ten days of final grade postings. Students must complete an application for reinstatement if they wish to re-take coursework that failed to meet retention requirements.

Retention Requirements

Students will be retained as dietetic majors providing the following retention criteria are met:

  1. Completion of all required courses as outlined in the degree requirements in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
  2. Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 each semester and an overall GPA of 3.0 in all required coursework for the major courses – as outlined in the degree requirement in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Graduation Requirement

In order to receive a verification statement for completion of the required didactic curriculum, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, students must meet all requirements put forth for both admission and retention and be approved for graduation by the Registrar at Southeast Missouri State University. The student who completes this degree must additionally complete a minimum of 1200 supervised practice hours of preprofessional experience accredited by The Commission on Dietetic Registration of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and successfully complete the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

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 order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website. 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). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD program at Southeast Missouri State University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice.

More information about state licensure requirements.

More information about educational pathways to become a RDN.

Admission/Retention Grievance Policy

Any student denied admission or retention to the dietetics program will be notified in writing by the Program Director. Students are given the opportunity to discuss the rationale of the decision with the Program Director. If a student is not satisfied with the explanation, he/she may request a review of the decision by the Chair of the Department of Human Environmental Studies. An official request for review must be received by the Department Chair in writing within 10 business days from the mailing date of the denial letter.

  • Lab fees and course number
    • FN240 $50.00
    • FN320 $50.00
    • FN450 $50.00
    • FN503 $10.00
    • FN504 $10.00
  • Books
    • Textbook Rental $36.31 per course
    • Serve Safe Exam: $30
    • Medical Nutrition Therapy: A Case Study Approach, 5th ed. $119.99
  • Chef coat ($16-20) (Used for FN240, FN320, and FN450)
  • 24 hour Recall Kit: $5.00
  • Software cost
    • FN235 NutriCalcPlus Diet Analysis software: $20
    • FN 525 NutriCalcPlus Diet Analyiss software or Food processor $15-$20
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership: encouraged not required: $58
  • Tuition: Missouri Resident: $267.75 per credit hour
  • Nonresident: $437.50 per credit hour
  • Please refer to link for all University Fees: Residence Hall Fees and Meal Plans
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The Southeast Missouri State University Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

Email: ACEND@eatright.org
Phone: 800.877.1600, ext. 5400
Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza / Suite 2190 / Chicago,IL 60606-6995
eatrightpro.org/acend/accredited-programs/didactic-programs-in-dietetics

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