The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) is designed to prepare students for careers as registered dietitians working in wellness, disease prevention and nutrition therapy settings. Alternative career paths include healthcare foodservice management, public health and the medical food industry. Through a program committed to continual review, evaluation and improvement, the DPND provides the learning opportunities to achieve the core knowledge requirements defined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
Our program has approximately 115 students and offers a close-knit environment with four registered dietitians teaching upper-division classes. The ratio of faculty to students in the typical upper-division classes (25-30) makes it possible for faculty to get to know students and be available for assistance and advising outside of class time. Students get to know each other by taking many classes together and often form strong bonds which persist after graduation.
Radford University graduates are accepted in dietetic internships and graduate school programs all over the United States. Alumni are working in a wide variety of dietetics specialties from medical nutrition therapy to retail marketing to health and wellness.
Admission and Progression Requirements for Nutrition and Dietetics
- Admission Criteria for Nutrition and Dietetics upper division coursework:
- Official transcripts reflecting a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better from all post-secondary schools attended including RU.
- Completion of the following prerequisites with a grade of C or better:
- NUTR 214 - Introduction to Nutrition
- CHEM 101 or CHEM 120 - General Chemistry
- BIOL 105 - Biology for Health Sciences
- BIOL 322 or BIOL 310 and BIOL 311 - Anatomy and Physiology
- BIOL 334 - Microbiology
- PSYC 121 - Introductory Psychology
- MATH 137 - College Algebra
- STAT 200 - Introduction to Statistics
- Complete the online application and submit transcripts to the Advising Center by Jan. 31 for fall enrollment for current students and before fall registration for new students.
- Progression Criteria: Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher to complete and graduate in this major.
Nutrition and Dietetics (NUTR) majors are required to complete core curriculum requirements specified by the department, major requirements, related requirements, specific degree requirements and elective courses for a total of 120 credit hours for the bachelor of science degree.
Students will begin to take nutrition courses the fall semester of their junior year after completing prerequisite science courses their first two years. Following completion of program prerequisites students will apply to upper-division courses and must have an overall 3.00 GPA on all college work attempted and a 3.00 GPA in the major to be eligible to apply. Students are also required to maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher to complete and graduate in this program.
Admissions to the Dietetic Internships after graduation are competitive. Students, who can document 100 hours or more of volunteer or work experience in an appropriate nutrition related setting, are more likely to be successful. Students should work with their faculty advisor for guidance on appropriate settings.
Students interested in transferring to Radford University in Nutrition and Dietetics from VCCS are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Arts and Science including the following courses:
- MATH 137 (MTH 158)
- CHEM 101 (CHM 101 or 111)
- PSYC 121 (PSY 200)
- STAT 200 (MTH 157, 240 or 241)
- NUTR 214 (HLT 138 or 230)
- BIOL 105 (BIO 101)
- BIOL 322 (BIO 140 or 145 or 141 & 142 or 231 & 232)
- BIOL 334 (BIO 150 or 205)
Students are encouraged to join the Radford University Dietetic Association. This student organization promotes the profession of dietetics through leadership opportunities, community services, and professional development.