Human Nutrition and Dietetics Requirements

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Nutrition is an exciting and expanding field. In fact, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, this field is expected to grow at a faster rate compared to other careers. The study of Human Nutrition exemplifies the intricate relationships between diet, health, and disease. The Human Nutrition & Dietetics (HND) major is part of the School of Human Sciences.

The Human Nutrition and Dietetics (HND) is an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) designed to provide graduates with the necessary core knowledge requirements to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).  Employment opportunities for RDNs have grown exponentially over the past couple of decades. In addition to traditional careers in dietetics (clinical, management, and community), non-traditional careers such as nutrition coaching, corporate dietetics, wellness, private practice, education, government/politics, book authoring, and health promotion are just a few of the newer opportunities on the horizon.

Additional information regarding this major can be found at https://schoolofhumansciences.siu.edu/. Students planning to apply to medical based schools (i.e. medical school, dental school, physician assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing or nurse practitioner) after completing a major in dietetics should develop their programs of study in close consultation with the pre-medical advisors on campus.

To become a RDN the following qualifications apply:

1. Complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a university accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®)*. Once the registrar’s office validates the student graduated and met the necessary requirements, a Verification Statement will be issued confirming the knowledge requirements for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists have been met

2. 1200 hours of supervised practice in an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship to obtain RDN status. A Verification Statement is needed to apply for supervised practice.

3. Successful completion of a professional examination.

4. Continuing education.

Please note: 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 order to receive a Verification Statement (step 1 above), HND DPD students are required to graduate with at least a 2.85 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative GPA and a 3.0 in HND courses. Students’ academic performance will be monitored each semester to ensure requirements are being met. A corrective plan will be put in place for at risk students, which may include career counseling into another health related major within the school. Note: A student can meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics but not meet the requirements to obtain a verification statement. Also, a graduate who receives a Verification Statement but does not obtain supervised practice is eligible to take the registration exam to become a Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered (NDTRs).

*The SIU DPD program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, Phone 312- 899-5400.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics Degree Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Requirements for Major in Human Nutrition and Dietetics 64-65
PSYC 102, MATH 108, UNIV 101 (7)
PLB 115 or ZOOL 115 (3)
CHEM 140A and CHEM 140B (3) + 5
PHIL 104 (3)
MICR 201 4
QUAN 402, MATH 282, ABE 318, or PSYC 211 3-4
PHSL 201 and PHSL 208 4
HND 100, HND 101, HND 320, HND 321, HND 356, HND 400, HND 410, HND 425, HND 470, HND 472, HND 475, HND 480, HND 485 (2) + 32
AH 105 2
HTEM 206, HTEM 256, HTEM 360, HTEM 373 (3) + 8
MKTG 304 3
PSYC 323 3
Electives 16-17
Total 120

Nutrition Minor

The Nutrition minor in Human Nutrition and Dietetics is an interdisciplinary course of study, and would be beneficial to students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in health-related fields and pre-professional programs such as premed and nursing. The minor consists of 17 credit hours, including 11 hours of core courses and 6 hours of elective courses in the areas of community nutrition, medical/clinical nutrition, and sports nutrition. The minor provides students with a strong fundamental knowledge of the science of nutrition and the complex interaction between foods and our bodies. The minor does not allow students to become Registered Dietitians.

Courses taken at other institutions may apply toward the minor only if those courses are acceptable for transfer credit by the School of Human Sciences. No more than 2 transfer courses can count toward the minor.

Nutrition Minor Requirements

A minor in Nutrition requires a minimum of 17 credit hours, including 11 hours of core courses and 6 hours of electives. Other relevant courses may be substituted with School Director or designated faculty approval.

Required Courses:

HND 101 - Personal Nutrition (2 CH)
HND 320 - Foundations of Nutrition (3 CH)
HND 475 - Nutrition Through the Lifecycle (3 CH)
HTEM 256 - Multicultural Foods (3 CH) -AND-

Select two from the following:
HND 321 - Nutrition Care Process (3 CH)
HND 410 - Nutrition Education (3 CH)
HND 445 - Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (3 CH)
HND 470 - Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3 CH)
HND 480 - Community Nutrition (3 CH)
HND 495 - Nutrition and Obesity (3 CH)

Total: 17 credit hours