Didactic Program in Dietetics

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.

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.

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.
Program outcomes data are available on request

Contact

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