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Dietetics

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), which integrates academic study with professional practice experience in a coordinated program in dietetics. Upon completion of the Master of Science degree in Dietetics, students qualify for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and/or are eligible to write for the Credentialing Examination for Registered Dietitians. Excellent career opportunities for dietitians are available in hospitals and other health care facilities; in community agencies; in industrial, university, and school food service programs; in business; in teaching; in research; or in private practice.

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
www.eatright.org
www.cdrnet.org

Admission Requirements

Important Points:

  • 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
  • Recency of education guidelines apply – please click here for details
  • 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: UG Overall + Prerequsite courses (listed below)
    • Two reference forms
    • Personal statement
    • Answers to application questions
    • Overall application notebook presentation
    • Online assessment
    • Committee input

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.

Students must complete the following requirements prior to submitting their application:
  1. GPA of 2.75 or above with satisfactory completion (C or above) of the undergraduate prerequisite courses prior to entrance into the professional phase of the program:
  2. Program application submission (please see the School of Health Sciences website for materials).
  3. Recency of education rules apply to any program courses that are transferred into Eastern Michigan University. Please follow the Recency of Education link to learn more.

 

School Information:

School of Health Sciences - College of Health and Human Services

Colleen Croxall, Ph.D.
Director

313 Marshall Bldg
(734) 487-4096
ccroxall@emich.edu

School Website

Advisor Information:

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

313 Marshall Bldg
(734) 487-7862
lkret@emich.edu

Registration in Dietetics

Upon successful completion of the coordinated dietetics curriculum and degree, students will be eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Passage of the exam will provide the recognized credential of Registered Dietitian through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Master of Science in Dietetics

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 II

Non-Thesis Research Option - 6 credits

Option III

Research Writing Option - 3 credits

Program Total: 73-76 hours

Extended Program:

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