Dietetics (Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science


The Dietetics program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400. Graduates who meet the requirements for a Verification Statement are eligible to apply for a ACEND-accredited Dietetics Internship and, following its successful completion, to take the national registration examination to become credentialed as a Registered Dietitian (RD).

Requirements for Verification Statement of Completion of Didactic Program in Dietetics

A cumulative GPA of at least 2.90 with a grade of "C" or higher in all courses required for the major.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of at least 45 hours
  2. BMS 308DTN 240, DTN 305CHM 116 and 117 or (CHM 160, 161170 and 171) with grades of "C" or better in each of the courses.
  3. A Missouri State GPA of at least 2.90; and a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of at least 2.90. Exception to the minimum GPA may be made in unusual cases, but exceptions will be limited to no more than five percent of the total number of students admitted to the program. Students must be aware that a GPA of less than 3.00 is not considered competitive for internships.

Additional Requirements

When applying to the program students are required to:

  1. Purchase the dietetics program shirt for use when participating in course related events. Prices may be obtained from the department.
  2. Provide evidence of immunization or vaccination for vaccine-preventable diseases to include MMR, tetanus, and a complete Hepatitis B series including a titer demonstrating immunity.
  3. Provide evidence of health insurance, including hospitalization. A comprehensive student group health and accident insurance policy is available through Missouri State University.
  4. Provide documentation of negative tuberculosis status or evidence of appropriate follow-up.
  5. Submit a drug screening test and criminal record check and receive response that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 324.217 or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as a registered dietitian.
  6. Provide a signed copy of the Dietetics Honor Code.

Major requirements (92 hours)

Note: 14 hours may double count toward General Education requirements.

  1. Specific General Education requirements: BMS 110(3) and 111(1); CHM 116(4) and 117(1); ENG 321(3); MTH 135(3) or 136(5) or 137(5) or 138(5) or 181(3) or 261(5) or 287(3); PSY 121(3).
  2. Dietetics and Nutrition Courses: DTN 240(3), 305(1), 306(1), 330(2), 331(3), 332(3), 333(3), 335(3), 340(2), 345(3), 430(3), 437(3), 445(3), 532(3), 536(4), 538(3), 539(1), 546(4), 550(2), 595(1).
  3. Biomedical Science Courses: BMS 110(3), 111(1), 230(3), 307(4), 308(4).
  4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of DTN 345(3).
  5. Related Requirements: BIO 212(2) and 213(1); CHM 201(3); CHM 352(3); MTH 340(3) or 545(3) or PSY 200(3) or QBA 237(3) or SOC 302(3).

University level requirements:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements