Nutrition and Dietetics


Program Definition

(13-14 Undergraduate Bulletin listing)

The Nutrition and Dietetics option (Didactic Program in 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.

The process to become a registered dietitian involves three steps: completion of a bachelor’s degree with attainment of the Verification Statement of Completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics; admission into and the completion of an accredited dietetic internship program; and successfully passing the registration exam to earn 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.

Meeting requirements for the bachelor’s degree and the Nutrition and Dietetics option does not automatically result in the student being awarded a Verification Statement of Completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics. Requirements for attainment of the Verification Statement are listed on the Nutrition and Dietetics option website and in the Didactic Program in Dietetics Student Handbook. The Verification Statement of Completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is required for admission into an accredited dietetic internship program and a necessary component of the process to become a registered dietitian.

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.

DPD Mission Statement

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is to provide a challenging and high quality curriculum which prepares graduates to successfully enter an accredited dietetic internship program and become registered dietitians. Graduates will be academically and professionally prepared to effectively work in a variety of employment opportunities which will address the nutrition and health needs of individuals, families, schools and communities and ultimately enhance the lives and well-being of the clientele they serve.

DPD Program Goals and Objectives/Measures:

Goal 1: Provide a high quality education program and advising support for admission into and success in completing a dietetic internship program and/or post-baccalaureate program.
Objectives/Measures Monitored to Determine Extent of Goal Achievement:

  • Percentage of students enrolled in the professional courses in the third year of the program completing the degree requirements and/or DPD program requirements within three years.
  • Percentage of DPD graduates meeting the requirements for attainment of the Verification Statement who apply to supervised practice programs within 12 months of completing the DPD program.
  • Percentage of DPD graduates applying to supervised practice programs within 12 months of completing the DPD Program who are successfully matched to a program.
  • Success rate in the placement of first time applicants into a post-baccalaureate program
  • Percentage of students completing dietetic internship and/or post-baccalaureate programs indicating that their undergraduate education prepared them to successfully meet the demands of the program.
  • Percentage of dietetic internship directors contacted indicating that graduates of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln DPD program are  prepared to succeed in the dietetic internship program.

Goal 2: The program will contribute to the number of professionals working in nutrition and food related careers in Nebraska and beyond its borders.
Objectives/Measures Monitored to Determine Extent of Goal Achievement:

  • Percentage of program graduates over a five-year period successfully passing the Registration Examination for Dietitians on the first attempt.
  • Of those graduates seeking employment in nutrition and food related careers upon completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements, percentage successful within 12 months of program completion.

Program outcome data related to the DPD objectives/measures is available on request.  Please contact the DPD Director:
Candace Kohnke, Ph.D., RD
104D Leverton Hall
402-472-6622
ckohnke2@unl.edu

Accreditation Status

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently granted accreditation status 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 60606-6995, 312/899-0040, Ext. 5400. ACEND is the only accrediting agency for dietetics education recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE).

The Didactic Program in Dietetics Student Handbook/Policies and Procedures is available hereand contains important information about the program to include information required by the 2013 ACEND Accreditation Standards for Didactic Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln can be located at http://admissions.unl.edu/requirements. There are no additional  admission requirements for the DPD program.

Admission for Students Who Have Already Earned a Bachelor's Degree

The Didactic Program in Dietetics Student Handbook/Policies and Procedures is available here and contains important information about the admission process for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and are interested in meeting Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements.

Program Costs

Information on tuition and fees related to attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree can be found at http://admissions.unl.edu/value/
Additional costs for students enrolled in the Didactic Program in Dietetics include lab fees associated with courses requiring labs and travel required for off-campus class requirements.  

Academic Calendar Including Vacation and Holidays

The Didactic Program in Dietetics follows the University of Nebraska-Lincoln academic calendar http://www.unl.edu/regrec/calendar/calendar_main.shtml

Verification Statement for Didactic Program in Dietetics Requirements:

In order to obtain a signed Declaration of Intent form and Verification Statement, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Documentation that the student will meet the minimum academic requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Declaration of Intent) or has completed all academic requirements (Verification Statement)
  2. Overall minimum GPA of 3.0 based on all college course work completed.
  3. Grades in all NUTR courses of B- or higher.
  4. Grades in all DPD required science courses (BIOS, CHEM, and BIOC) of C- or higher.

The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences will provide a Verification Statement of a student meeting Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements based on the program in effect in the undergraduate bulletin the student is using for graduation requirements if the student is continuously enrolled and graduates within five years. If the student cannot finish his or her studies within this five-year time period, he or she must comply with the didactic program reflected in the undergraduate bulletin currently in effect. The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences will not accept course work to meet DPD requirements from any university/college outside the University of Nebraska system in which a grade of D-, D, or D+ was earned.

In order to receive a Verification Statement of a student meeting Didactic Program in Dietetic requirements, a minimum of 15 credits from 300- or 400- level courses must be completed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Nine of the 15 credit hours must come from three of the following classes: NUTR 450 Medical Nutrition Therapy I, NUTR 452 and 452L Medical Nutrition Therapy II and Lab, NUTR 455 Advanced Nutrition, or NUTR 473 Organization and Administration of Foodservice.

Graduation Requirements (Bachelor's Degree)

Graduation requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Human Sciences, Nutrition and Health Sciences major, Nutrition and Dietetics option is a minimum GPA of 2.0 and a grade of “C” or higher in all NUTR courses.  The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences will not accept course work to meet DPD requirements from any university/college outside the University of Nebraska system in which a grade of D-, D, or D+ was earned.

Outcomes:
What's in it for you?

With a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, careers are possible in:

  • Healthcare settings
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Diabetes Education
  • Weight Loss/Weight Management
  • Community Nutrition Programs
  • Nutrition Education
  • Public Health
  • Wellness Programs
  • Schools
  • Food Industry
  • Foodservice

Contact Us
For more information on the Nutrition and Dietetics Option contact:

Candace Kohnke, Ph.D., RD
104D Leverton Hall
Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0806
402-472-6622
ckohnke2@unl.edu

 

Contact Us
For more information on other programs in the College of Education and Human Sciences, contact:
Karen Kassebaum
(402) 472-0695
kkassebaum2@unl.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outcomes:
What's in it for you?

With a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, careers are possible in:

  • Healthcare settings
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Diabetes Education
  • WIC
  • Nutrition Consumer Education
  • Public Health
  • Wellness Programs
  • Foodservice

Contact Us

For more information on the Nutrition and Dietetics Option contact:

Candace Kohnke, Ph.D., RD
104D Leverton Hall
Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0806
402-472-6622
ckohnke2@unl.edu

Contact Us

For more information on other programs in the College of Education and Human Sciences, contact:

Karen Kassebaum
(402) 472-0695
kkassebaum2@unl.edu