The undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400. For more information about the undergraduate DPD, please contact Dr. Jeanette Andrade.
For more information on how to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), click here. There are several steps to becoming a RDN:
As obtaining a DI is highly competitive, doing all that you can during your undergraduate years will strengthen your DI application. Completion of the DI enables students to take the registration exam for dietitian nutritionists. You are also eligible to apply to a Coordinated Program in Dietetics, or an Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP). Once you have applied and been matched, complete the required amount of hours through the supervised practice experience.
3. Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information refer to CDR’s website: www.cdrnet.org.
5. Complete professional educational requirements.
As you consider EIU for your undergraduate dietetics degree, please note the different sources of financial aid and scholarships that are available for qualifying students. To lower the cost of attending EIU, EIU utilizes a textbook rental program. Many of the laboratory courses (foods and chemistry) have nominal course fees that are billed directly to your student account. Other expenses include the purchase of hairnets and a chef's coat for your foods labs. Check out the other wonderful services and facilities we have on campus through EIU's virtual tour.
If you completed your bachelor's degree in another area and would like to complete your DPD courses through EIU, please contact Dr. Jeanette Andrade to complete a transcript review. Official transcripts from all universities and community colleges attended need to be submitted for review. The review will include a tentative timeline for completion for all deficiencies. The cost for the review is $20 payable to Eastern Illinois University and mailed to Dr. Burns, 600 Lincoln Avenue, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Charleston, IL 61920.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Eastern Illinois University is housed within the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Themissionof the DPD is to provide students with the foundational knowledge and skills through theory-to-practice, relationship-driven education with the proper communication skills for graduates to successfully obtain a career as an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist. The program is committed to instilling in students the ability to be critical and independent thinkers while working in a team environment, considering all aspects of the person, becoming leaders in a diverse environment, and promoting an appreciation of and dedication to the profession of dietetics.
The following program goals and objectives have been identified for the years 2017-2023:
Prepare graduates to have the foundational knowledge and skills as defined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN).
1.1 At least 80% of students are expected to complete the BS in FCS: Dietetics Option within 150% of the program length (6 years for native students, 3 years for transfer students).
1.2 Within 12 months post-graduation, at least 60% of DPD alumni will participate in the computer match process.
1.3 A minimum of 50% of those DPD students who participate in the computer match program, will be matched.
1.4 Within two years of completing a dietetic internship, at least 70% of graduates will have passed the RDN exam at first-try.
1.5 Over a five-year period, ≥ 80% of DPD alumni will pass the RDN exam within one year following the first attempt.
1.6 At least 80% of the DI Directors surveyed will be satisfied with the knowledge and skills the DPD graduates brought forth to the internship program.
1.7 Within 6 months post-graduation, ≥ 80% of DPD alumni will be satisfied with the education they received in DPD program.
2. Prepare graduates to become leaders in a diverse environment as an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist.
2.1 At least 80% of DPD senior students, will have achieved the competencies as set forth by ACEND.
2.2 At least 80% of graduates seeking employment related to foods and nutrition will obtain full-time employment within one year.
2.3 A minimum of 85% of graduating students, who apply to graduate schools, will be accepted into at least one.
2.4 85% of program alumni responding to alumni surveys will report being adequately prepared for professional practice.
Progress made towards these goals, and their subsequent objectives, are available upon request. Please contact Dr. Andrade for more information.
Download the curriculum guide for the year you began the Undergraduate Dietetics program. If you do not know which year to select, please contact Mrs. Myers-Bradley. You will need to complete an Undergraduate Internship as a program requirement.
RDNs work in a wide variety of settings, including health care, business and industry, community/public health, education, research, government agencies and private practice. Many work environments, particularly those in medical and health-care settings, require that an individual be credentialed as a RDN. Additionally, some RDNs hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice. These are awarded through CDR, the credentialing agency for the Academy, and/or through other medical and nutrition organizations. These certifications are recognized within the profession, but not required. Some of the certifications include pediatric or renal nutrition, sports dietetics, oncology, gerontological, nutrition support and diabetes education.
RDNs work in:
Hospitals, clinics or other health-care facilities, educating patients about nutrition and administering medical nutrition therapy as part of the health-care team. They may also manage the food service operations in these settings, or schools, daycare centers or correctional facilities, overseeing everything from food purchasing and preparation to managing staff.
Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs, educating clients about the connection between food, fitness and health.
Food and nutrition-related business and industries, working in communications, consumer affairs, public relations, marketing, product development or consulting with chefs in restaurants and culinary schools.
Private practice,working under contract with healthcare or food companies, or in their own business. RDNs work with food service or restaurant managers, food vendors and distributors, athletes, nursing home residents or company employees.
Community and public health settings, teaching, monitoring and advising the public and helping improve quality of life through healthy eating habits.
Universities and medical centers, teaching physician’s assistants, nurses, dietetics students, dentists and others about the sophisticated science of food and nutrition.
Research areasin food and pharmaceutical companies, universities and hospitals directing or conducting experiments to answer critical nutrition questions and find alternative foods or nutrition recommendations for the public