As a dietetics major, you will study the science that connects good nutrition with better overall health and performance, enabling you to enter a variety of professional fields with the knowledge to help others achieve their goals.
Dietetics is the science and art of applying the principles of food and nutrition to health — a field for those with inquisitive minds who enjoy science as much as they do people. As a registered dietitian nutritionists, you can help others learn about food, nutrition and lifestyle choices to keep them healthy. The course work is challenging, and the career possibilities are exciting and numerous. The Bachelor of Science in Dietetics curriculum provides a broad and balanced foundation in all of the core areas of dietetics.
The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Fontbonne University is to prepare students for supervised practice to become registered dietitian nutritionists (DPD) or as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists (ISPP). As a graduate of the program, you will use your knowledge and skills in food and nutrition to enrich the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.
At Fontbonne, our nationally accredited program is designed to prepare you with the latest information and nutritional health technology. Your studies will be in the classroom, in the kitchen and in a variety of practical experiences and internships.
campF.R.E.S.H.® at Fontbonne University takes kids entering 4th through 7th grade on an interactive, hands-on journey toward better health through activities emphasizing culinary experiences, nutrition, health and wellness, physical exercise and creativity.
If your career goals include a management position, you will want to consider this important program to get the advanced training, business acumen and practical experience you need to lead.
ISPP is a unique internship program designed to give you the critical internship experience necessary to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).
Program Goal #1– To assist competent entry-level dietetics graduates in the achievement of their career goals in a foods and/or nutrition-related field.
a. Of those with major approval, at least 80 percent of program students complete program/degree requirements within three years (150% of the program length).
b. Of those with major approval, at least 80 percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
c. Of those who apply for admission to a supervised practice program, at least 80 percent of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
d. Of program graduates who receive a Verification Statement but either do not apply or do not get accepted to a supervised practice program, at least 90% will obtain employment in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
Program Goal #2 – To graduate competent entry-level dietetics graduates in the area of foods and/or nutrition.
a. At least 80 percent of graduating seniors will agree or strongly agree that the DPD has provided them with sufficient opportunity to achieve ACEND Knowledge Requirements (KRDNs).
b. Of program alumni who were accepted to a supervised practice program and respond to the survey, at least 80 percent will report being adequately prepared for the supervised practice program.
c. Of the dietetic internship directors who respond to the survey, at least 80 percent will report that Fontbonne University DPD graduates are adequately prepared for supervised practice.
d. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80 percent.
*Program outcomes data available upon request.
The academic requirements for a major in dietetics prepare students for entrance into an accredited supervised practice program following graduation.
*Effective Jan. 1, 2024, a graduate degree will be required to sit for the registered dietitian nutritionist credentialing exam. Please see additional information on the CDR website here
**The demand for Dietetic Internship positions is currently greater than the supply, resulting in approximately one out of every two candidates from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) not obtaining an internship position. However, Fontbonne’s dietetic internship match rate is much higher, averaging 87% for the past three years. Student grade point average (GPA) appears to be the best predictor of a student’s chances of obtaining a position, with students with the highest GPAs being the most likely to obtain one. If you are considering enrolling in a DPD or are a currently-enrolled DPD student, please speak to the DPD program director about your GPA and how it will influence matching with an internship position.