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The Dietetics program prepares students to apply knowledge of food and nutrition to health. Students can choose one of three tracks within the Dietetics 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.
Dietetics 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.
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 leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam and registered dietitian nutritionist, graduate programs, or related entry-level positions.
The program will provide graduates 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 promote the desire of graduates to continue to participate in life-long learning that will ensure continued competence
At least 75% of responding DPD graduates will report that they have participated in life-long learning activities (i.e. professional meetings, journal clubs, webinars, advanced degrees and certifications,etc.) through the Alumni survey.
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.
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.
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.
All dietetics students (regardless of track) will take the following courses:
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) prepares students to apply for an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship program upon completion. There is no minor required for this track.
The Southeast Missouri State University Dietetic Internship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Phone: 800.877.1600, ext. 5400
Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza / Suite 2190 / Chicago,IL 60606-6995
Amy Moore PhD, MPH, RD, LD
Director Dietetics Program/Assistant Professor
Southeast Missouri State University
1 University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701