Nutrition and Dietetics

Program Overview

  • Course instruction and hands-on experience
  • Prepare for dietitian registration exam
  • Join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Qualify to become entry-level dietitian

The program combines academic instruction and a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experience.

The Coordinated Program is approximately 2 years in duration. Each student needs to have reliable transportation.

A Registered Dietitian (RD) is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of food and nutrition. Eligibility requirements established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics must be met to become a RD.

What does is cost?
The approximate cost of the program is $8000 to $9000 per year. This includes estimated expenses for fees, room and board, on-campus laundry, professional affiliations, liability insurance, books, and uniforms.

The final two (2) semesters may consist of less than 12 hours of academic credit considered for financial aid. Students should visit the financial aid officer to understand and discuss available options for financial assistance.

Probationary Accreditation
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; (312) 899-4876.

On May 1, 2014, the Coordinated Program (CP) in Dietetics at Delta State University was sent notification of probationary status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics pending improvement in the first-time pass rate on the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam.  To access this information on the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, go to:


Efforts had already been implemented to improve the first-time pass rate prior to the receipt of this letter.  These efforts will continue to be enforced and new efforts evaluated to ensure improvement in the pass rate on the RD exam.  A report is being prepared for ACEND to document these efforts and will be submitted before the due date of November 3, 2014.

Students currently enrolled in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics or enrolled while the program is on probationary accreditation will be considered graduates of an accredited program upon graduation from Delta State University.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics:

Ensley Howell, PhD, RD, LD

Delta State University



Five Year Summary Report

Outcomes data is available upon request.

Are you in?
Students must meet the following requirements to be admitted to the Nutrition and Dietetics program, usually during the sophomore/junior year.

  • An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 or higher in all science courses
  • Completion of at least 75 hours of specific prequisites
  • Minimum grade of “C” in required courses

Students are required to submit a program application and letters of recommendation.

Applications are due March 1, 2015.

For an application in word format, please email ehowell@deltastate.edu

Students accepted into the Coordinated Program will be required to attend an Orientation. (Date to be announced).

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics is approximately a two-year program. It consists of course work and hands-on experience.

checkmark Course Sequence

DSU Academic Calendar

View or Download Coordinated Program in Dietetics Student Handbook CP Handbook 2015 – Revised February 22. 2015.

You did it!

Upon completion of the program, students will have:

  • Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Eligibility to take the registration exam for dietitians
  • Eligibility for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Eligible to apply for a license (check your state licensing agency for specific requirements)

Registered Dietitians and Licensed Nutritionists are employed by the following:

  • Health Care
  • Business and Industry, School Feeding, Community and Public Health Nutrition Programs
  • Wellness Centers and Day-Care Centers
  • Food Science, Education, Marketing, Product Development, Research
  • Self-employed Private Practice

Outstanding Alumni:

Mission Statement

The mission of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics in the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences at Delta State University is to prepare graduates for successful careers in dietetics and to encourage students to assume leadership in their profession and society. Graduates integrate the basic concepts of food and nutrition to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in the Mississippi Delta, society and the world. Graduates accomplish this mission by promoting health, aiding in the prevention of disease, and providing management for food and nutrition services.

Program Philosophy

The Coordinated Program is committed to providing students in the state of Mississippi, and particularly the Mississippi Delta, with a well-rounded general education, consistent with a baccalaureate degree. This program serves the needs of individuals interested in attaining the academic and supervised practice components of dietetic education for entry-level dietitians. The Coordinated Program produces credentialed food and nutrition professionals who can integrate basic food and nutrition knowledge into the delivery of services to the people of the Mississippi Delta. These services involve medical nutrition therapy, education of clients in community agencies, and implementing food systems management in institutions, agencies, schools, or businesses.  The curriculum of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics stresses current and research-based knowledge appropriate to dietetic careers of the present and the future. Through classroom and clinical experiences, students have opportunities to assume leadership roles in professional organizations enhancing the practice of dietetics. In addition, the Coordinated Program supports other areas of study within the university, such as nursing, education, physical education, and pre-medicine by providing required and elective courses and professional expertise.

Based on this philosophy, the dietetics program at DSU strives to prepare graduates to be successful dietetics practitioners. Every effort is made to prepare students for professional practice in our service-oriented, information-based society. The importance of quality and service is emphasized because client needs and expectations must be the central focus of innovative dietetics practice. RDs must demonstrate lifelong learning, on-going self-evaluation, and adherence to a personal and professional code of ethics.

The dietetics program is based on the belief that dietitians are especially qualified to provide the most up-to-date information and guidance in nutrition, encompassing health promotion and supervised practice in nutrition and foodservice systems management.

Program Goals

The dietetics program seeks to achieve the following goals:

1. The program will prepare graduates to be competent for entry level employment as a Dietitian or to enter post-graduate programs.

2. The program provides academic and supervised practice experience to prepare graduates to become actively involved in dietetics related organizations.

3. The program provides credentialed food and nutrition professionals to serve the counties of Northwest Mississippi.

Jan Haynes, PhD
Family & Consumer Sciences

Ensley Howell, PhD, RD, LD
662-846-4314 (fax)

Virginia Webb, PhD, RD
662-846-4314 (fax)