The Dietetics Program, also known as a Didactic Program in Dietetics, or DPD, is a four-year program, which has been granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  The curriculum meets the knowledge, skills, and competencies for entry-level dietitian education programs and will result in a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Dietetics. Following completion of the degree, students need to apply and get accepted into an accredited dietetics internship.  Upon completion of an internship and the successful completion of the national registration examination, you will be a registered dietitian, eligible for licensure in most states.

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).

In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In Ohio, graduates also must obtain licensure with the Ohio Board of Dietetics to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited undergraduate didactic dietetics program at Bowling Green State University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program (also called a Dietetic Internship) after graduation. Graduates of the undergraduate dietetics program will want to consider opportunities to gain a master’s degree in order to be eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN by the year 2024.

For more information about the Masters of Food & Nutrition offered by BGSU 

For more information about the Dietetic Internship at BGSU 

For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN

If you pursue this major, you will take courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, nutrition, and food science, as well as classes that will focus on developing your management and communication skills. Your course work will include supervised hands-on experiences.

To successfully complete the program you must meet the University's and College of Health and Human Services' general education requirements, the program major courses, and supportive required courses.

The Dietetics check sheet includes all required program courses as well as college requirements.  

Browse the course catalog and select "F" to find Food and Nutrition courses.

Updated: 04/10/2020 03:50PM