Dietetics & Food Administration Option/Didactic Program in Dietetics: Bachelor of Science in Food & Nutritional Sciences
The Dietetics and Food Administration Option of the Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences is an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics that provides a wide range of learning experiences related to general nutrition, community nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, foods and food service management. At the completion of the program, students have earned a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences. During your coursework you will have the option to take the required coursework to obtain your Certificate of Special Study in Dietetics to receive a verification statement from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Click here to learn more about the path to becoming a Registered Dietitian.
The mission of Fresno State's DPD program is to provide high quality, evidence based education that meets the standards outlined by ACEND through didactic and experiential learning to qualified undergraduate students. The program is committed to preparing students to be successful in an accredited dietetic internship program, graduate program, or professional career within the culturally diverse communities in the central valley.
Program Goal 1: Provide high quality, evidenced based education for qualified undergraduate dietetic students to develop core knowledge, integrate scientific principles, and acquire professional values and behaviors to prepare them for entry into a dietetic internship.
- At least 50% of qualified undergraduate dietetic students will apply for a dietetic internship within 12months after graduation.
- At least 55% of qualified undergraduate dietetic students who apply for a dietetic internship will be accepted into an internship within 12months of graduation.
- Over a five-year period, 80% of graduates will pass the Dietetic Registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for the first time test takers.
- 70% of graduates who pass the Dietetic Registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have a scaled score at or above the national mean.
- 80% or more of internship directors’ surveys will rate graduates with a minimum of 3 on a 5 point scale for knowledge and skills that meet the expectations of the internship directors.
Program Goal 2: Prepare culturally competent qualified undergraduate dietetic students for employment in dietetics or related fields and/or graduate school or that positively impact the culturally diverse communities within the San Joaquin Central Valley.
- >/= 90% of qualified undergraduate students will be accepted into the Certificate of Dietetics option in year 3 of the DPD curriculum.
- At least 90% of qualified undergraduate dietetic students will graduate within 150% of the time planned for completion.
- At least 60% of DPD alumni completing the exit survey will report at least satisfactory rating relating to core knowledge and cultural competency for the RD.
- At least 70% of alumni completing the exit survey will report at least satisfactory rating relating to their capacity to perform in a supervised practice, graduate program, pre-professional program or entry-level nutrition and dietetics position.
The Dietetics and Food Administration Option/Didactic Program in Dietetics with a Certificate of Special Study has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6095, (800) 877-1600. The next program accreditation review will be in November of 2023.
The Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics and Food Administration Option, has a minimum requirement of 120 semester units, 12 of which are upper division elective units with only 3 required to be in the FSN department. The Certificate of Special Study requires the 12 electives to be in the Didactic Program in Dietetics in order to qualify for the ACEND verification statement to be eligible for a Dietetic Internship. Additional Requirements include support courses such as chemistry, physiology, and psychology.
Certificate of Special Study Degree Program
Elective Requirements- 12 units
Major Core Requirements
General Education Requirements
For more information on this program, please contact the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, Lisa Herzig, PhD, RD, CDE. If you do not receive a timely response from this faculty member and it is during the University's summer, winter or spring break, please contact the Department of Food Science and Nutrition Research for more information.