Dietetics

Create a hunger for healthy living

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.

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Program Highlights

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.

  • The Fontbonne University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 312/899- 400, www.eatrightpro.org/acend.
  • Development of culinary skills, as well as the knowledge of how to alter foods and meal patterns for health promotion and disease prevention and treatment.
  • Extensive training in the development and delivery of nutrition information to the public.
  • Numerous field-based learning experiences built into the curriculum in a variety of settings: health care; community and social service agencies; foodservice establishments.
  • Opportunities for leadership skills development and service-learning.
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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.

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Dietary Manager Training Program

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.

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Dietetics Career Opportunities

Learn more about the career opportunities a degree in Dietetics from Fontbonne can provide for you. 

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Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways

ISPP is a unique internship program designed to give you the critical internship experience necessary to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

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Goals, Outcomes, and Objectives of the Dietetics Program

Program Goal #1: To assist competent entry-level dietetics practitioners in the achievement of their career goals in a foods and/or nutrition-related field

  1. Of those with major approval, at least 90 percent of program students complete program/degree requirements within three years (150% of the program length).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 practitioners in the area of foods and/or nutrition

  1. 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). (Required Element 3.3.a Program Specific Objectives; Data source: DPD Exit Survey)
  2. 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. (Required Element 3.3.b.3.a Graduate Performance on Registration Exam; Data source: Pearson VUE one-year summary report)
  3. Of program alumni who were accepted to a supervised practice program, at least 80 percent will report being adequately prepared for the supervised practice program. (Required Element 3.3.a Program Specific Objectives; Data source: Dietetics Program Graduate Survey)
  4. 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. (Required Element 3.3.b.4. Supervised Practice Program Director Satisfaction; Data source: DI Director Survey)

*Program outcomes data available upon request.

Pathway to Earn the RDN Credential

The academic requirements for a major in dietetics prepare students for entrance into an accredited supervised practice program following graduation.

  1. You must complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree* at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work approved by the Accreditation Council for the Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  2. Once you have earned a bachelor’s degree, and completed all DPD requirements, you will be issued a Verification Statement.
  3. The next step toward the RDN credential is be apply, be accepted to, and complete an ACEND accredited supervised practice program (often called a “dietetic internship”).** The application involves a computerized matching system. You will be guided through this process via the senior level course FCS 459: Internship Preparation Seminar. Details about supervised practice programs can be accessed at http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/acend/accredited-programs/dietetic-internships and additional information on computer matching can be found at http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/acend/students-and-advancing-education/dietetic-internship-match-students
  4. Once you successfully complete the supervised practice program you will receive another Verification Statement and will be eligible to take the national examination to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Upon successfully passing the exam, you may begin using the RDN credential!
  5. In addition to RD/RDN credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. For more information about licensure, visit https://www.cdrnet.org/state-licensure

*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.

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