Nutrition and Dietetics Major

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The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD) is designed to prepare students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN).  The DPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Career options for RDNs include wellness, disease prevention and nutrition therapy settings. Additional career paths include healthcare foodservice management, public health and food and nutrition-related business and industry.  

Our program offers a close-knit environment with registered dietitian nutritionists teaching upper-division classes. The ratio of faculty to students in the typical upper-division classes 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 Requirements and Procedures 

Nutrition and Dietetics (NUTR) majors complete core curriculum requirements, major course requirements, and additional requirements specified by the major for a total of 122 credit hours for the bachelor of science degree. Students take the prerequisite courses during the first two years, followed by the upper division (300 and 400 level) major courses in lock-step sequence. All requirements for admission must be satisfied before entering upper division. 

Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission to Nutrition and Dietetics upper division coursework: 

  1. Official transcripts reflecting a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better from all post-secondary schools attended including Radford University. 
  2. Completion of the following prerequisites with a grade of C or better: 
    1. NUTR 214
    2. CHEM 111 
    3. CHEM 122 
    4. BIOL 105 
    5. BIOL 310 and BIOL 311 
    6. BIOL 334 
    7. MATH 137
    8. STAT 200
    9. PSYC 121

Submission of application and transcripts for those intending to enroll in upper division courses is due by March 31 for fall enrollment for current students and before fall registration for new students. Cohorts for upper division begin in the fall.

Mail transcripts to:
Nutrition and Dietetics Program 
P.O. Box 6957 
Radford, VA 24142

Graduation and Program Completion 

A 3.0 GPA on all college work attempted and a 3.0 GPA in the major is required to complete the program and graduate. Additionally, all major courses must be completed with a C or better to earn a Verification Statement. If a student fails to earn at least a C in a course, they may still graduate with a 3.0 overall and in-major GPA, but must repeat any major classes in which the grade earned was less than C in order to earn a Verification Statement. 

Verification Statements 

The signed Verification Statement documents that the graduate has completed the degree and program requirements and is used to establish eligibility for a Dietetic Internship program.  Students are required to achieve and maintain a cumulative as well as in-major GPA of 3.0 or higher to complete and graduate in this major. Verification Statements will be awarded only to students completing degree requirements for the Nutrition and Dietetics major at Radford University and earning C or better in all NUTR classes. For computing the GPA, all Nutrition and Dietetics courses, whether taken at RU or at other ACEND accredited institutions will be used. If a course is repeated, its second grade will be used. 

The following stipulations apply: 

  1. Courses that are required for the DPD may be taken at other ACEND-accredited institutions if they are accepted as equivalent to the RU course. Preauthorization to take a course for transfer credit is recommended. This is completed through the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support.  
  2. There is a limit on the amount of transfer credit that can be awarded for major courses. Seventy-five percent (75%) of Nutrition and Dietetics (NUTR) courses must be completed at RU. This surpasses the Radford University policy which states that fifty percent (50%) of the semester hours required for a major must be taken at RU. Students may receive transfer credit for a maximum of 15 NUTR credits (25%) of major courses.   
  3. Transfer and post baccalaureate students who have satisfied the Core Curriculum requirement are still required to meet all prerequisites for the DPD. 
  4. The DPD curriculum will be revised periodically to meet accreditation standards, RDN Exam test specifications and advances in the discipline. Majors who have not yet been admitted to upper division will be required to comply with those changes in order to receive a Verification Statement even though the change may not be required by the University to graduate.  
  5. Major (NUTR) courses must have been completed within 5 years of the verification date. At the discretion of the student’s advisor and the DPD Coordinator, Core Curriculum and Additional Requirements may also need to have been completed within 5 years of the verification date. 

Extracurricular Experiences 

Students are encouraged to join the Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND@RU). This student organization promotes the profession of dietetics through leadership opportunities, community services, and professional development.  SAND enhances camaraderie among the students at all levels.