Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics -- Student Handbook

Description of Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

The Nutrition and Dietetics option (Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics) is designed for students who wish to become registered dietitians and practitioners in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition/nutrition education programs, wellness/health promotion, food industry, and foodservice. Registered dietitians are employed by health care organizations, community agencies, and various government or private organizations.  Students who successfully meet all of the requirements as listed in this handbook (page 7), will be awarded a Verification Statement of completion of Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics.  The Verification Statement is required for students to be eligible to apply for admission into an accredited dietetic internship program.

An accredited dietetic internship program is required before students are eligible to take the registration examination and obtain the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential.  

The State of Nebraska has a Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapy (LMNT) credentialing law.  Attainment of the RD credential will allow individuals to attain the LMNT credential and practice as medical nutrition therapists in Nebraska.

Please Note: 

Students can meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Human Sciences, Major in Nutrition and Health Sciences: Nutrition and Dietetics Option but NOT MEET the requirements for attainment of a Verification Statement.  Without the Verification Statement, students will not be eligible to apply for admission into a dietetic internship program.

Acceptance into an accredited dietetic internship program is competitive.  Currently, there is a significant shortage of available internship positions for the number of students applying for acceptance into an internship program.  Acceptance into an internship program cannot be guaranteed.