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Dietetics

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.

What You'll Do

  • 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

Mission

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.

Goal 1

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.

Outcome Measures

  • At least 80% of program students complete program/degree program requirements within 3.5 years from program acceptance.
  • At least 80% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • At least 80% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  • The program’s one-year pass rate on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist is at least 80%.
  • 80% of Internship directors will rate Southeast graduates’ overall interns preparation for their internship as somewhat satisfied to very satisfied.

Goal 2

The program will promote the desire of graduates to continue to participate in life-long learning that will ensure continued competence

Outcome Measures

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:

  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.

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.

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.

  • Goal 1: 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.
  • Goal 2: The program will provide a didactic education with a strong emphasis on experiential learning within nutrition programs on campus and in the community.

Goal 1:

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.

  • At least 80% of all students who receive a Verification Statement from the DPD will apply to dietetic internship programs or pathways offering supervised-practice within 12 months of graduation.
  • At least 80% of all students who apply will be accepted into dietetic internship programs or pathways offering supervised-practice within 12 months of graduation.
  • At least 80% of those who choose to pursue a graduate degree not including a dietetic internship will begin the program within 12 months of graduation.
  • 80% of those who choose to seek employment after completion of the DPD program will be employed within 12 months of graduation.
  • At least 80% of students will pass the RD exam the first time.
  • 85% of students accepted into the Didactic Program in Dietetics will complete the program with 3.5 years from program acceptance.
  • Internship directors will rate Southeast graduates’ overall performance with a minimum mean rating of 3.0.

Goal 2:

The program will provide a didactic education with a strong emphasis on experiential learning within nutrition programs on campus and in the community.

  • At least 80% of all FN courses will include an experiential component on campus and/or within the community.

All dietetics students (regardless of track) will take the following courses:

  • MI101: Introduction to Microcomputer Applications
  • BS113: Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BS114: Anatomy & Physiology II
  • FN235: Nutrition for Health
  • FN255: Nutrition I
  • FN240: Introduction to Food Science
  • FN340: Professional Dietetic Seminar
  • FN355: Lifespan Nutrition
  • FN540: Community Nutrition
  • HL303 OR PY271: Research Methods OR Research Design I
  • PY101: Psychological Perspectives/Human Behavior

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.

  • BS240: Microorganisms/Human Host
  • CH181: Basic Principles of Chemistry
  • CH234: Organic & Biological Chemistry
  • FN310: Food & Culture
  • FN320: Essentials of Food Science
  • FN360: Food Safety and Sanitation
  • FN370: Nutrition Assessment
  • FN401: Sports Nutrition
  • FN415: Principles & Practices of Food Service for the Dietitian
  • FN450: Food Service Operations
  • FN502: Nutrition II
  • FN503: Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • FN504: Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • FN505: Senior Dietetic Seminar
  • FN525: Nutrition Counseling
  • HE520/FN510: Techniques of Teaching Nutrition & Health Education
  • FN330: Financial Management & Cost Control in Dietetics
  • MA115/116: College Algebra
Program outcomes data are available on request

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
https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/accredited-programs/didactic-programs-in-dietetics

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

Contact

573.651.2197
knr@semo.edu
Parker Hall 216

Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation
One University Plaza, MS 7650
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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