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

COVID-19 considerations
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.


HN 190 Introduction to Dietetics
Only required if you want to become an RD
1 hour
HN 202 Culture and Food 2 hours
HN 200 Nutritional Assessment 3 hours
HN 308 Nutrition Science I 3 hours
HN 318 Genetic, Molecular, and Cellular Mechanisms of Chronic Disease 3 hours


HN 309 Nutrition Science II 3 hours
HN 313 Intro to Community Nutrition 3 hours
HN 306 Nutrition Education 3 hours
HN 330 Quantity Food Production
Only required if you want to become an RD
3 hours


HN 300 Science of Food 3 hours
HN 311 Nutrition During the Life Cycle 3 hours
HN 320 Clinical Nutrition I 3 hours
HN 332 Food Service Management
Only required if you want to become an RD
2 hours


HN 420 Clinical Nutrition II 3 hours
HN 423 Nutrition Counseling 3 hours
HN 440 The Research Process 3 hours