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Option in Dietetics

About the Program

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 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400. For more information about the undergraduate DPD, please contact Mrs. Josie Bryant.

For more information on how to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), click here. There are several steps to becoming a RDN:

1. Complete your bachelor’s degree at EIU.

2. Apply to an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship (DI).

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:

4. If working in Illinois, obtain Illinois state licensure.

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. Melanie Burns 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.

DPD Mission and Goals

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Eastern Illinois University is housed within the School of Family and Consumer Sciences.  The mission of 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:

  1. 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 Mrs. Bryant for more information.

Curriculum Guides

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.

* 2017 (pdf)-Includes sample 4-year plan    * 2016 (pdf)    * 2015 (pdf)      * 2014 (pdf)   * 2013 (pdf)


Possible Minors for Undergraduate Dietetic Students

Chemistry Minor Requirements: Track I recommended  (Total Semester Hours: 21)

Financial Literacy Minor Requirements  (Total Semester Hours: 18)

Entrepreneurship Minor Requirements  (Total Semester Hours: 18)

Business Administration Minor Requirement  (Total Semester Hours: 21)

*Footnote: Students who have the prerequisites (BUS 2102, ECN 2802G, and junior standing) may substitute BUS 3710 for BUS 2710.

Kinesiology and Sports Studies Minor Requirement  (Total Semester Hours: 24)

Community Health Minor Requirement (Total Semester Hours: 21)

Health Communications Minor Requirement (Total Semester Hours: 24)

Public Relations Minor Requirement (Total Semester Hours: 24)

Sociology Minor Requirement (Total Semester Hours: 18)

Psychology Minor Requirement  (Total Semester Hours: 18)

Timeline for Program Completion

  • The sequencing of chemistry and other science classes is critical due to prerequisites for several DPD courses.
  • Elective hours can be used to complete a minor, such as business administration, chemistry, community health, entrepreneurship, health communications, kinesiology and sports studies, or psychology.
  • For more information about the DPD, please visit the BS in FCS: Dietetics Option pages in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Fall 20_
(15 credits)

Spring 20_
(16 credits)

Fall 20_
(15 credits)

Spring 20_
(16 credits)

ENG 1001G
FCS 2100
GEN ED Fine Arts
FCS 1800

ENG 1002G
CHM 1310/1315G*
FCS 2500
Electives (2)
CMN 1310

CHM 1410/1415
FCS 1121
BIO 2001G
SOC 2710G or SOC 2750G
GEN ED Humanities

CHM 2430/2435
BUS 2101
Fine Arts/Humanities
PSY 1879G
FCS 1120

Fall 20_
(16 credits)

Spring 20__
(16 credits)

Fall 20__
(12 credits)

Spring 20__
(14 credits)

FCS 2140
CHM 3300
FCS 3755           FCS 4150
MAT 2250G

FCS 3120 
FCS 3500
FCS 3756
Electives (3)
BUS 3010

FCS 4751
Senior Seminar
(EIU 41XX)

Electives (8)

FCS 4750
FCS 4940
Electives (5)
FCS 4275


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