University of Southern Indiana
2018 Dietetics class


The baccalaureate in Food and Nutrition Dietetics option is designed to provide educational opportunities for students to examine nutrition and its relation to disease prevention, treatment, and health promotion. Dietetics is the science of managing food and nutrition to promote health. The registered dietitian (R.D.)/Registered dietitian nutritionist credential is nationally recognized and considered the nutrition expert.

General Disclosure of Program Licensure or Certification Requirements

The Dietetics program prepares individuals for employment in the state of Indiana. Upon completion of the program, individuals are eligible to take a national registration examination with registration exam requirements set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The university has not determined if students from other states need to meet additional requirements for employment in those states.


The Dietetic Program in Dietetics at the University of Southern Indiana is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). ACEND is recognized as the accrediting agency for bachelor level dietetic programs in the United States.



The mission of the Dietetics program at the University of Southern Indiana is to prepare future dietetic leaders to apply their food and nutrition knowledge and skills wisely both in their personal and professional lives. The Dietetics program:

  • provides quality, innovative and relevant education and service learning opportunities for a diverse group of students to assure that they are able to maximize their personal potential and meet the needs of the changing Dietetics field, and prepares them to enter supervised practice,
  • promotes a collaborative research environment
  • promotes community support through service, continuing education, and consultation activities
  • supports the professional career aspirations of students, faculty, and alumni; and
  • exhibits a caring and collegial spirit.


    1. Prepare competent graduates for supervised practice and success on the registration exam, entry-level employment and advanced education, utilizing their knowledge and skills in dietetics, food and nutrition.
    2. Recruit and retain a highly motivated and diverse population of program graduates who will serve as leaders in the food and nutrition field.
    3. Prepare graduates capable of doing collaborative research related to Dietetics.
    4. Prepare graduates who engage in community service learning and exhibit professional leadership.


Goals and Objectives

Graduate Outcomes

Program outcomes data are available on request. For additional information or about outcome measures, please contact:

Dr. Julie McCullough, 8600 University Boulevard, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Evansville, IN 47712, or 812-461-5213.

Course of Study

To become a R.D./R.D.N. the student must complete a minimum of a bachelor's degree with course work approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.), a supervised practice program, and pass a national registration exam. Registration exam requirements are set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

At the completion of the accredited baccalaureate specialty in dietetics at USI, the student will be eligible to apply for an ACEND accredited supervised practice program within the United States. The practice program can be typically completed within 6-12 months. After completion of the supervised practice program, the student is eligible to take the national registration exam to become a R.D.N.; this is the case through the end of 2023.  Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

The baccalaureate degree starts with a strong foundation in the biological sciences. All food and nutrition majors are exposed to a strong grounding in both food and nutrition courses. Students who specialize in dietetics will focus on:

      • Nutrition and Health Assessment
      • Health Education Methods
      • Human Metabolism
      • Nutritional Counseling
      • Research
      • Medical Nutrition Therapy


Pre-Dietetic students who are seeking formal admission to the Dietetics program will need to meet the following admission criteria:

Admission Criteria:

All applicants must first seek admission to the University by completing an application, having all official transcripts from high school and/or previous universities/colleges attended sent to USI, and complete all other University requirements. Applicants with a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average may complete an information packet throughout the year to the Bachelor of Science or Art in Food and Nutrition program and be designated as a Pre-Dietetics student (A GPA of 2.5 is encouraged).

Pre-Dietetic students who are seeking formal admission to the Dietetics program will need to meet the following criteria:                                         

  • Complete the following course work (or equivalent) with a minimum 2.9 overall grade point average in the following courses:  *BIOL 121, PSY 201, ENG 101, CMST 101 or 107, MATH 111, *CHEM 261, *NUTR 203 and *NUTR 376

          Course with a “*” require a “C” or better.

  • Complete online Dietetic Program admission application.

    Dietetics Program Application

    After application is made to the program, the application will be reviewed and the student will be notified of a decision.  Upon acceptance to the dietetics program, students are provided with a faculty advisor and will be instructed on registration procedures for dietetics courses.

    A candidate for the Bachelor of Science or Art in Food and Nutrition degree must meet the general requirements for graduation as outlined in the University bulletin and successfully complete the food and nutrition courses required for the major area of study. 

    Verification of Dietetics Completion

    Verification of dietetics program completion is a method to ensure academic requirements have been met. An appropriately completed Verification Statement allows the student to be eligible to participate in an ACEND accredited Supervised Practice Program, specifically a Dietetic Internship, after graduation from the University. A determination of the coursework the student must complete to fulfill dietetic program curriculum requirements is made by the Program Director. To receive a Verification Form, USI students must have earned academic credit for coursework indicated by an asterisk "*" on the USI Dietetics Graduation Checkout Sheet.

    Program Progression Requirements to Graduation

    Requirements for progression in the Dietetics program have been approved by the University Curriculum Committee and Faculty Senate and are as follows: the student must:

        1. Complete the University Core 39 requirements as outlined in the Schedule of Classes; a minimum of 39 hours.
        2. Complete required nutrition core courses: 26 credit hours
        3. Complete 38 hours of Dietetics option courses
        4. Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours
        5. Complete a minimum of 30 hours taken from the University of Southern Indiana
        6. Obtain an average of  2.0 grade point average or better on all work taken at the University of Southern Indiana*; and
        7. Achieve a grade of C or better in all core nutrition and dietetic courses, Biology 121, Biology 122, Chemistry 261, and Chemistry 262**.

    *Cumulative grade point averages are evaluated by the Office of the Registrar at the end of fall, spring and summer terms.  Students who do not meet the standards will be placed on probation.  Failure to meet the cumulative GPA standards by the end of the probationary term will result in academic dismissal from the University.

    **Students must retake the course/s until a grade of C or better is obtained.

    Obtaining a 3.0 or higher grade point average at degree completion is encouraged for application to supervised practice programs.

    Computer Matching Process

    Students in the ACEND accredited dietetics program at USI will be able to participate in a competitive computer matching process for Dietetic Internships offered throughout the United States. For more information about the computer matching process visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Additional information can also be found under Student Resources. Upon successful completion of an ACEND accredited internship, students are eligible to take the registration exam for dietitians.  Registration exam requirements are set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). If planning to practice in Indiana, they then can apply for certification.

    Pass Rate on Registration Exam

    Current first-time testing pass rate on the national registration exam is 100% for our graduates.

    Cost Estimation for Program

    Estimated additional costs for the Food and Nutrition program include uniforms, equipment, lab fees, exam fees, physical examination, and immunizations and are approximately $350 for the duration of the program.

    University Tuition and Fees

    Cost Estimator

    Grants, Loans, Scholarships, Work Study, and Awards

    Market Demand for Graduates

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), employment of dietitians and nutritionists is expected to grow because of the emphasis on disease prevention, a growing and aging population, and public interest in nutrition.

    Career Opportunities
    Registered dietitians work in a variety of settings including health care, business and industry, public health, education, research and private practice. Many work environments, particularly those in medical and health care settings, require that an individual be credentialed as an R.D./R.D.N. In addition to R.D./R.D.N. credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. Frequently these state requirements are met through the same education and training required to become an RD. Work settings may include:

        • Hospitals, HMOs, and other Health Care Facilities
        • Food and Pharmaceuticals Companies
        • Community and Public Health Settings/Schools
        • Sports Nutrition and Corporate Wellness
        • Food and Nutrition Related Businesses and Industries
        • Universities and Medical Centers 

    Academic Calendar

    The program uses the University calendar.

    University Calendar

    Technical Requirements

    If using a personal computer, it is recommended that the computer have Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, or Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. For compatibility, you will want to have access to Microsoft Office 2013, Office 2010, or Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac. In some cases, Office 365 may be sufficient. For some course content, you will also need Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player and/or Windows Media Player (Macs should use Flip4Mac WMV Components for QuickTime). Additionally, a broadband Internet connection would be very beneficial; AOL is not recommended. Lastly, if your course uses the Blackboard e-Learning platform, you may wish to verify that you have a compatible web browser.

    If your computer is more than 6 years old or does not meet the requirements for running one the above versions of Microsoft Office (Windows system requirements / Mac system requirements), you may want to consider purchasing a new computer.

    System requirements for online courses can be found here: 

    Dean of Students

    Students rights and responsibilities are described at the Dean of Students website.

    USI Dean of Students

    Equal Opportunity Commitment

    The University of Southern Indiana is committed to providing equal opportunity for all qualified individuals. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, marital status, or handicap in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, financial affairs, employment policies and programs, student life and services, or any other university-administered program.

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