Division of Family and Consumer Sciences
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are nationally recognized as experts in the field of food and nutrition and are employed in a wide variety of work settings.
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Delta State University is administered by the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences within the College of Education and Human Sciences. The program combines didactic instruction and a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practice experience in community nutrition, food systems/healthcare management and clinical nutrition settings.
Students may apply for admission to the Coordinated Program following the sophomore year. The program is approximately 2 years in duration. Upon completion of the Coordinated Program, a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences is granted. After completion of all academic coursework, award of a bachelor’s degree, completion of all supervised practice hours, and passing exit exams for the Coordinated Program, students are issued a verification statement which allows them to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
2024 CDR Mandate for Graduate Degree
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). To be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree.
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). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Delta State University are eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.
For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.
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.
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.
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.
The dietetics program seeks to achieve the following goals:
- The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
- The program provides academic and supervised practice experience to prepare graduates for entry-level employment.
Program outcomes are available upon request.
The DSU Coordinated Program may accept up to 15 applicants each year.
Application deadline: April 1, 2021. Program begins Summer or Fall 2021
Students must meet the following requirements to be admitted to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, usually during the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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!