Program Requirements - NIU - Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition and Dietetics

Program RequirementsND

The Nutrition, Dietetics and Wellness degree requires 74-79 semester hours for each of the two areas of study. The Dietetics DPD option satisfies the requirements of a Didactic Program in Dietetics which is required to apply to a dietetic internship.

NIU offers a dietetic internship in conjunction with the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics.

It is strongly recommended that students planning to apply for a dietetic internship acquire work experience in patient care and foods and maintain a grade-point throughout their coursework of 3.0 or above.

Please consult the current undergraduate catalog for complete information about the Nutrition, Dietetics and Wellness program.

Special Requirements

Students in the degree program must meet current Illinois Department of Public Health requirements for food handlers and obtain the Illinois State Sanitation Certificate, obtain certification in first aid and cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and a 2-step nonreactive tuberculin (TB) skin test. They must also acquire 100 hours of approved work experience.>

It is highly recommended that students see their advisors to plan their sequence of courses. To arrange for an appointment with an advisor, contact the College of Health and Human Sciences office at (815) 753-1891 (freshmen and sophomores) or the School of Health Studies at (815) 753-1900 (juniors, seniors, and post-baccalaureates).

Post-Baccalaureate Students

A post-baccalaureate plan of study is available for students who want to have a career in dietetics but do not have a B.S. degree in nutrition/dietetics. Applicants whose earlier degrees were in a field other than nutrition/dietetics will be required to complete the DPD program courses. These students must submit their undergraduate transcripts to the DPD director for evaluation for a fee. The evaluation will determine which of the DPD courses the student needs to complete to be eligible for a dietetic internship, an M.S. degree, or to be a registered dietetic technician.