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The Coordinated Program in Dietetics is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL  60606-6995
312.889.0040 ext. 540

Career Opportunities

A degree in dietetics culminating with the registered dietitian credential provides many options for employment.  Job opportunities are available in the clinical area in hospitals, long-term care facilities, specialized health care settings, and insurance companies.

In addition, there are many opportunities in the community including positions in federal and state programs like the Women, Infant and Children’s Nutrition Program, Head Start and Area on Aging.  The food service industry is also a place for employment including hospitals, long-term care facilities, corporate operations and school systems.  Other areas where dietitians provide their expertise is in sports nutrition, universities, private practice, research, writing and other government agencies such as the FDA and the USDA.

For current information related to a career in dietetics please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Site, by clicking here.

Dietetics Infographic  

Admission Requirements

Because the Master of Science in Dietetics is a 2nd admissions program and faculty cannot make a final decision regarding admissions until they know if you have completed all of requirements for the program, including prerequisite courses, you have to determine how to apply to EMU. In this case, there are two ways to apply to EMU, as a non-degree seeking graduate student or as a 2nd BS student.

  • If you do not need financial aid to complete prerequisite courses you apply to EMU in general as a non-degree seeking grad student. On the first page of the application notebook (due in January) you will check the MS box and if you are accepted into the MS-Dietetics program upon completing the 2nd admissions process (application notebook, due January 15) You will be provided directions on how to become a fully admitted graduate student.
  • If you need financial aid to complete prerequisite courses you apply to EMU as a 2nd BS student, dietetic intent. On the first page of the application notebook (due in January) you will check the MS box and if accepted into the MS-Dietetics program upon completing the 2nd admissions process (application notebook, due January 15) You will be provided with directions for how to become a fully admitted graduate student.
Transcript review is based on how you apply to EMU…
  • If you apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student, your transcript will be reviewed once you have applied to EMU and obtained a student number. Contact the program director once you apply and have a student number. The program director will send you the transcript review procedure.
  • If you apply to EMU as a 2nd BS student (for financial aid reasons only, will eventually be a graduate student if accepted into the MS-Dietetics program), the 2nd Bachelors office will review your transcripts; instructions are in the acceptance letter you will receive from them.
  • You can do an informal self-evaluation by comparing your transcripts to the prerequisite courses to give you an idea of what you need. Prerequisite courses cannot be older than 10 years (with the exception of general psychology and basic statistics - no time limit). If your prerequisite courses are older than 10 years you will need to repeat them.

Important Notes:

  • Definition: Coordinated Program – the didactic (theory) coursework and the supervised practice experiences are completed concurrently so once a student has successfully finished the program they are eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians
  • This is a second admissions program with both online and on campus delivery methods
  • EMU admission is required prior to program admission
  • Admission to the University is not a guarantee of entry into the dietetics program
  • The application deadline for both delivery methods is January 15 for consideration for entrance into the CP the following fall semester; the program only begins in the fall
  • A minimum overall GPA and a prerequisite GPA of 2.75 is required to apply
  • Satisfactory completion (C or above) of the following prerequisite courses are required prior to entrance into the CP
  • Prerequisite courses cannot be older than 10 years at the time of application to the program with the exception of General Psychology and Basic Statistics, which have no time limit
  • Based on accreditation and the availability of supervised practice experience sites, the CP limits the number of students admitted to each class
  • A screening procedure is used for cohort selection that evaluates:
    • GPA - Overall & Prerequisite Courses (listed Below)
    • Two Reference forms
    • Personal statement
    • Answers to application questions asked
    • Overall application notebook presentation
    • Online assessment
    • Committee input

Important Documents:

Application - Online 

Application - Campus 

Dietetics Information Packet 

Preceptor Handbook 

Practice Experience Site Map for MI & OH Distance-Online Students  

Please see the program’s website for additional information.

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Once students have been accepted into the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP), it is assumed that they will maintain their academic status.

In preparing for a professional career in dietetics, students are expected to assume responsibility for their learning, to support the ethics and standards of practice of their profession and to value honesty in the fulfillment of scholarly and professional endeavors. The department reserves the right to retain only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of scholarship and practice competence and personal integrity suitable to dietetics.

School Information:

School of Health Sciences - College of Health and Human Services

Colleen Croxall, Ph.D.

313 Marshall Bldg
(734) 487-4096

School Website

Advisor Information:

Lydia Kret, M.S., R.D.

313 Marshall Bldg
(734) 487-7862

Pre-Application Phase: 19 hours

The following prerequisites are to be completed prior to the January 15th CP application deadline.

  • BIO 326 - Human Physiology  3 hrs or SPMD 269 - Anatomy and Physiology for Dietetics  3 hrs
  • BIO 328 - Introductory Microbiology  4 hrs
  • CHEM 270 - Survey of Organic Chemistry  4 hrs
  • CHEM 351 - Survey of Biochemistry  4 hrs
  • DTC 108 - Careers and Nutrition in Dietetics  2 hrs
  • DTC 202 - Principles of Human Nutrition  3 hrs

Pre-Admission Phase: 14-15 hours

 The following prerequisite courses are to be completed prior to enrolling in courses listed under Major Requirements.

  • AHPR 200 - Medical Terminology  1 hr
  • DTC 251 - Experimental Foods  4 hrs
  • IHHS 260 - Aging to Infancy: A Life Course Retrospective  3 hrs or EDPS 325 - Life Span Human Growth and Development  4 hrs
  • PSY 101 - General Psychology Lecture  3 hrs
  • SOCL 250 - Quantitative Applications in Sociology  3 hrs or MATH 170 - Elementary Statistics  3 hrs

Master of Science in Dietetics

Program Total: 73-76 hours

Required Courses: 70 hours

  • DTC 302 - Nutrient Metabolism: Macronutrients  3 hrs
  • DTC 330 - Nutrition Therapy I  3 hrs
  • DTC 350 - Food Systems Management I  3 hrs
  • DTC 358 - Food and Culture  3 hrs
  • DTC 370 - Nutrition Therapy II  3 hrs
  • DTC 372 - Nutrition of the Life Cycle  3 hrs
  • DTC 375 - Integrative Medicine  3 hrs
  • DTC 422 - Nutrient Metabolism: Micronutrients  3 hrs
  • DTC 430 - Community Nutrition  3 hrs
  • DTC 435 - Seminar in Dietetics  2 hrs
  • DTC 450 - Food Systems Management II  2 hrs
  • DTC 470 - Nutrition Therapy III  2 hrs
  • DTC 500 - Research Design and Methods 3 hrs
  • DTC 531 - Nutrition Therapy I Experience 2 hrs
  • DTC 551 - Foodservice Systems Management I Experience 4 hrs
  • DTC 571 - Nutrition Therapy II Experience 4 hrs
  • DTC 608 - Advanced Topics in Foods 3 hrs
  • DTC 618 - Advanced Topics in Nutrition 3 hrs
  • DTC 631 - Community Nutrition Experience 4 hrs
  • DTC 651 - Foodservice Systems Management II Experience 4 hrs
  • DTC 659 - Development of the Entrepreneurial Dietitian 3 hrs
  • DTC 671 - Nutrition Therapy III Experience 4 hrs
  • MATH 502 - Introductory Statistics for Graduate Students 3 hrs

Culminating Experience: 3-6 hours

Select from option I, option II, or option III:

Option I

Thesis Option - 6 credits

Option III

Research Writing Option - 3 credits