Dietetics is the high-tech science of applying food and nutrition to health. The dietetics program at Southeast provides a curriculum that meets the knowledge and skills established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
As a dietetic student, you will receive hands-on experience and provide community service by giving nutrition education to senior citizens, delivering Meals-on-Wheels, participating in health fairs, working in university food service or rotating through local hospitals working side-by-side with registered dietitians.
Southeast’s dietetic internship program offers “real world” experience at various supervised practice sites located throughout southeast Missouri. Experience at these sites will prepare you to be a registered dietitian.
Graduates of Southeast’s Dietetics Program obtain the knowledge and skills required for acceptance into dietetic internships, graduate education, or related entry-level positions. Entering the profession of dietetics as a Registered Dietitian (RD) consists of successful completion of the following:
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:
Students will be retained as dietetic majors providing the following retention criteria are met:
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.
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.
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 acceptance into dietetic internship programs, graduate programs, or related entry-level positions.
The program will provide students with the intellectual skills, knowledge base, and interpersonal skills that will support them for acceptance in dietetic internships, graduate education, or related entry-level positions.
The program will provide a didactic education with a strong emphasis on experiential learning within nutrition programs on campus and in the community.
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