Division of Family and Consumer Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences – Nutrition and Dietetics

Currently accepting applications for Coordinated Program for 2020 admission.

Program Overview

The program combines academic instruction and a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice experience. The Coordinated Program is approximately 2 years in duration. It consists of course work and hands-on experience. Each student needs to have reliable transportation.

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

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.

Currently, graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited internship program at the Delta State University are eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN and to locate Accredited Programs, please visit https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students.

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 (RD). 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).  Depending on the state, licensure or additional certifications may be required to practice. Mississippi currently requires licensure to practice.

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.


The Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Delta State University is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040 ext 5400.

Accreditation Update:

On August 9, 2019, the Coordinated Program (CP) in Dietetics at Delta State University received notification of probationary status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  pending improvement  on the pass rate of program graduates on the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam.  To access this information on the Academy web site, go to: http://www.eatright.org/ACEND

Efforts had already been implemented to improve the 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.

Please note that Probation is a temporary status. We will submit a progress report to the ACEND board for review in July 2020. At that time the Board can remove the probationary status if we meet the standards. This probationary status does not prevent us from accepting new students into the Program. Students currently enrolled in the Coordinated Program or enrolled while the Program is on Probationary Accreditation will be considered graduates of an accredited program pending the student’s successful completion of Program requirements. This means that this status does not impact your ability to receive a Verification Statement and sit for the RD exam.

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 entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
  2. The program provides academic and supervised practice experience to prepare graduates for entry-level employment.

Dietetics Program Information

Program outcomes are available upon request.

The DSU Coordinated Program may accept up to 15 applicants each year.

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 overall GPA of 3.0 in physical and biological 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. For an application in word format, please email cabailey@deltastate.edu. Students accepted into the Coordinated Program will be required to attend an Orientation. (Date to be announced).

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

Below is a list of establishments some of our graduates are employed with:

  • South Mississippi Regional Center
  • Healthcare Services Group
  • DeSoto County Schools
  • Rush Memorial Foundation Hospital
  • Bay Area Food Bank
  • Compass Group
  • Baptist Rehabilitation, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Morrison’s Healthcare
  • LeBonheur Healthcare, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Delta Health Alliance
  • Boyington Nursing Home
  • North Mississippi Regional Center


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I chose Delta State because I wanted to experience a new part of the country and liked the flexibility of the program. I finished the program in May 2017 and passed my RD exam in August 2017. I am now a Registered Dietitian in Long Term Care in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!


Carolyn Bailey, MS, RDN
Director, Coordinated Program in Dietetics
(662) 846-4318

Merideth Van Namen, Ed.D
Interim Chair of Family & Consumer Sciences