Nutrition and Dietetics

Mission Statement

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.


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:

  1. 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).
  2. Acceptance and completion of an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship program or pathway offering supervised-practice.
  3. Pass a national examination administered by the Commission for Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  4. Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.


The Southeast Missouri State University Dietetics Program is granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040,

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LeaAnne Lambert
Scully Building 109B
Human Environmental Studies
One University Plaza, MS 5750
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701