What to Expect
Thinking about joining our program? Here's what you can expect
The mission of the nutrition science/didactic program in dietetics (DPD) program is to provide its graduates with the skills and knowledge to be comfortable and competent in their dietetic internship and serve as professionals capable of providing excellent entry-level dietetic services in numerous food service, management, clinical and underserved community settings.
Goals and objectives of the nutrition science/DPD program can be found here. Data regarding the goals and objectives of our programs and registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) exam pass rates are available upon request.
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a RDN. In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into the CDR Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit the CDR website.
In addition, the CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD program at UIC are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. View more information about state licensure requirements. View more information about educational pathways to become a RDN.
The UIC coordinated program and nutrition science program in dietetics are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 S. Riverside Plaza, suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: (800) 877-1600
We understand the hardships that the COVID-19 situation is placing on students. Please refer to the statements below, which apply to new (fall 2020) BS in coordinated program (BS/CP) students, and current and prospective nutrition science program students.
Online courses and labs will be accepted for prerequisites temporarily due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please contact Kirsten Straughan for any questions or concerns regarding the program requirements.
Students that have been accepted into the BS/CP for fall 2020 will need to maintain a grade for the prerequisite courses per the policy requiring a C or higher in these classes.
Students interested in applying to the nutrition science program are encouraged to maintain a letter grade for their prerequisite courses.
Students currently enrolled in the nutrition science program are encouraged to maintain a letter grade in their prerequisite and DPD-required nutrition courses.