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Dietetics

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
www.eatright.org
www.cdrnet.org

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.

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

Please see the program’s website for additional information.

Continuance

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 371L4 - 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 & GELB) 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.

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the on-line catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (WI)  Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be reached in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

University Information: Consult the on-line catalog at catalog.emich.edu.