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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 (AND or the Academy).

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. 5400

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  

Articulation Agreement

An articulation agreement exists between this program and at least one community college. To see a current list of program articulation agreements, please click here.

Admission Requirements

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.


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.

Registration in Dietetics

Upon successful completion of the CP curriculum and degree, students will be eligible to write for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.  Passage of the exam will provide the recognized credential of Registered Dietitian through the Commission on Dietetics Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Articulation Agreement

An active articulation agreement exists between this program and a community college. To see a complete list of current colleges with program articulation agreements with EMU, please click here.

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .

Prerequisite Courses:

The following prerequisite courses to the program will be required

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 - Microbiology for Health Professions 4 hrs
  • CHEM 270 - Survey of Organic Chemistry 4 hrs
  • CHEM 351 - Foundations of Biochemistry 4 hrs
  • DTC 108 - Careers in Nutrition and 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.

  • PSY 101 - General Psychology Lecture (GEKN) 3 hrs
  • SOCL 250 - Quantitative Applications in Sociology (GEQR) 3 hrs or MATH 170 - Elementary Statistics (GEQR)  3 hrs
  • 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

Major Requirements: 58 hours

  • DTC 302 - Nutrient Metabolism: Macronutrients 3 hrs
  • DTC 330 - Nutrition Therapy I 3 hrs
  • DTC 331L4 - Nutrition Therapy I Experience (GELB) 2 hrs
  • DTC 350 - Foodservice Systems Management I 3 hrs
  • DTC 351 - Foodservice Systems Management I Experience 4 hrs
  • DTC 358 - Food and Culture (GEGA) 3 hrs
  • DTC 370 - Nutrition Therapy II 3 hrs
  • DTC 371L2 - Nutrition Therapy II Experience (GELB) 4 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 431W - Community Nutrition Experience (GEWI) 4 hrs
  • DTC 435 - Seminar in Dietetics 2 hrs
  • DTC 450 - Foodservice Systems Management II 2 hrs
  • DTC 451 - Foodservice Systems Management II Experience 4 hrs
  • DTC 459 - Development of the Entrepreneurial Dietitian 3 hrs
  • DTC 470 - Nutrition Therapy III 2 hr
  • DTC 471L4 - Nutrition Therapy III Experience (GELB) 4 hrs

Minor Requirement:

This program does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Extended Programs

This program is available at an EMU off-campus location. For a list of locations, please click here .