Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics offers an undergraduate program in nutrition and dietetics which culminates in a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The program, also called a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 or (800) 877-1600. Visit the ACEND website at www.eatrightpro.org/acend
*This page is for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Concentration only. For the Community Nutrition and Food Concentration see the CNF Homepage.*
The undergraduate nutrition program is a rigorous science-based program. Students learn how to interpret and translate nutrition research into meaningful recommendations for consumers. Most of our program graduates pursue the registered dietitian (RD) credential. There are typically three required steps to obtain the RD credential:
- Complete an ACEND-accredited undergraduate nutrition/DPD program.
- Complete an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship (also called supervised practice).
- Pass the national examination for registered dietitians.
- Exam requirements are set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
Acceptance into an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship is competitive, and undergraduate graduates are not guaranteed placement in an internship program. Most internship programs are traditional face-to-face programs where interns relocate to the home base of the program to complete the required 1200 hours of supervised practice. There are also accredited distance internship programs and accredited Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) programs. You can read more about internships and ISPP programs at the Academy's website: www.eatright.org.
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 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 Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at University of North Florida are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. A typical education guideline will be four years for the B.S. degree, completion of the accredited 1200-hour internship, and two years for the master's degree. The UNF Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics Internship option combines the internship and master's degree in a four-semester program.
In most states, including Florida, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. It is ACEND’s considered opinion that the program is designed to and does meet all state dietetics licensure and certification laws as some states may interpret their statutes differently. More information about state licensure and certification is available at this link: State Licensure.
For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN, see the Information for Students Website.
Already have a Bachelor’s but would like to pursue the field of nutrition as a profession and earn the Registered Dietitian credential? We will work with you to assess your prior learning and identify which courses you need to take. You’ll return to the undergraduate level to complete required coursework and earn the ACEND verification statement. For more information, please contact the DPD program director. Students starting the DPD sequence in fall 2022 and forward must successfully complete BCH3032/3032L before starting the sequence.
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