Dietetics

The Dietetics program at Bradley University, department of Family and Consumer Sciences, provides the student with the academic preparation necessary to apply to dietetics internships and become registered dietitians. Further information about registered dietitians can be obtained from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' website (formerly the American Dietetic Association) (www.eatright.org)

Registered Dietitians work as accredited professionals in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, education and research, food and nutrition management, consultation and business. They are regarded as the experts in nutrition and dietetics. The most current information regarding dietetic internships, the registration process and employment opportunities can be found on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' website (formerly the American Dietetic Association). (www.eatright.org)

For pathways to become a registered dietitian (RD), see http://cdrnet.org/

To become an RD through Bradley’s dietetics program, you must:

  • First successfully complete a Bachelor of Science degree that complies with the dietetics program requirements as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog and receive a Verification Statement from the dietetics program director
  •  Next, complete an accredited Dietetic internship and obtain another Verification Statement from the internship director
  • Pass a national board examination to become a registered dietitian.

Applying to Dietetic internships

Most accredited Dietetic Internships select applicants for appointments through a computer matching process (https://www.dnddigital.com/ada/reports/openiships.php?eid=4) .  This process occurs twice a year, 1) in the Spring (appointments are made in April for internships starting in Fall) and 2) in the Fall (appointments are made in November for internships starting in January). DI programs participate in either the April or November match. Some participate in both. Applicants pay the $50.00 computer matching fee by credit card, and enter their contact information and Dietetic Internship priority choices. Applicants will also send applications to the internships of their choice.  Applicants will be notified by D&D on matching day whether they received an appointment or not.  There are currently over 250 accredited internships to choose from, including one at Bradley University in the FCS department, however, spots are limited and appointments extremely competitive.  Currently, only 49% of applications received appointments nationwide.  Further information is posted on the FCS website in Sakai.

Accreditation status of Bradley’s Dietetic program

Students who select the dietetics major are enrolled in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The DPD at Bradley University has maintained recognition of excellence since 1966.  Currently, our DPD program carry initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) (formerly the Commission on Dietetics Accreditation), http://cdrnet.org/, of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995; 800/877-1600) since 1966. All students graduating from this program are qualified to apply to ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internships. For further information regarding accreditation of dietetic programs, see http://www.eatright.org/CADE/content.aspx?id=149 .

Program completion and verification statements

Graduates from the Dietetics program who receive a “C” or better in all FCS courses, will receive a statement from the Dietetics program director that verifies compliance with all the requirements of ACEND.  Verification statements are mailed out to students once the registrar's office verifies degree completion. Verification statements are needed to enter ACEND accredited Dietetic internships.

Admission requirements into the Dietetics program

The Dietetics program shares the same admissions requirements as Bradley University for incoming freshman.  They are outlined in Bradley’s Undergraduate Catalog.

All transfer students internally from other majors within Bradley University, or externally from other colleges or universities, must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to be admitted into the dietetics program.

Program costs

Detailed information regarding the cost of obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University may be found in the Bradley University Undergraduate Catalog. Additional costs include a fee for obtaining a required certification for the State of Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager (estimated $100), laboratory fees the foods and nutrition laboratories (estimated less than $100), and liability insurance (estimated $25).

The Dietetics program director

The current director is Dr. Jeannette Davidson, RD, LDN, CNS, professor in the FCS department at Bradley University.  Her office is in Bradley Hall, room 15, 1501
W Bradley Ave, Peoria, IL 61625, or she can be reached by phone 309.677.2436 or  e-mail jad@bumail.bradley.edu.

Mission statement of the Dietetics program

The Dietetics program is committed, through excellence, nurturing and innovative teaching, to provide students with both theoretical knowledge and opportunities for experiential learning to comply with the Foundation Knowledge and Skills requirements of ACEND to prepare graduates for Dietetic Internships, and competent entry-level professionals who will be leaders in changing and evolving roles in nutrition and dietetics in societal health.

Dietetics program goals

  1. Program will provide students with appropriate learning opportunities and innovative teaching strategies to comply with the Foundation Knowledge and Skills requirements of ACEND
  2. Program will prepare students to be successful in obtaining and completing accredited Dietetic Internships, graduate programs or job placements.
  3. Program director and faculty will, through support, encouragement, and motivation, create a nurturing learning environment for student achievement.
  4. Program will provide students with opportunities to develop leadership and scholarly activity.

Outcome measures for the dietetics program include Program retention and completion rates, placement in Dietetic Internships, graduate school and jobs, pass-rate on Registration Examination for Dietitians, and responses on graduate and Internship director surveys.

Bradley’s Dietetic program highlights

  • Our newly, fully equipped counseling center with observation room allows students to gain experience in nutritional interviewing and counseling skills and to observe other students and to critically assess their own techniques.  The ability to videotape their own performance allows valuable feedback for improving techniques, and prepare them for their role as nutritional counseling in the nutrition clinic, Bodyworks
  • The nutrition laboratory is equipped with a variety of instruments that allow hands-on training for dietetic students in nutritional assessment, including dietary, body compositional and metabolic and physical assessments, and assessment of indirect calorimetry, iron status, lipid profiles, protein status, glucose and ketone monitoring, bone density, blood pressure, heart rate and VO2max.  This provides students opportunities to develop expertise for their future roles in clinical, community and sports nutrition practice
  • Service-learning project opportunities with local community agencies and schools.
  • Bodyworks, a nutrition clinic managed and staffed by qualified dietetics seniors, that provide nutritional and fitness assessment and counseling to peers
  • Friday’s Flavor, a nutrition column in the Scout, our weekly campus newsletter, managed by dietetics seniors
  • Lydia’s Late Night, a food service unit provides students with the unique opportunity of gaining real-life experience in operating a food service as part of their food service courses.

Leadership opportunities within the Dietetics program

There are many opportunities to develop leadership in the dietetic program in the FCS department, as also elsewhere on campus. Some of the opportunities include:

Student organizations:

  • Dietetic Student Organization (DSA)
  • Hospitality (BHA)
  • Kappa Omicron Nu (KONu: FCS honors society)
  • Bodyworks (nutrition counseling clinic managed by qualified senior Dietetic majors under the Dietetics program director.
  • Faculty-student collaborative research (students work individually or in groups with faculty to complete and present research projects)
  • Through DSA, students can participate in health fairs, nutrition presentations to athletes, recreational groups, sororities and schools

Opportunities for students in ADA

Curriculum & Four Year Plan

Please visit the Undergrad Catalog for the Dietetics requirements.

Fall semester

First year

  • FCS 104...............4
  • FCS 140...............2
  • PSY 104...............3
  • BIO 111...............4
  • CHM 100..............3
  • CHM 101..............1
  • Total hours........17

Second year

  • BIO 200..................3
  • BIO 203..................2
  • CIV 100..................3
  • COM 103...............3
  • NW Elective............3
  • Total hours...........14

Third year

  • FCS 306 ....................3
  • BMA 250/PSY 310.....3
  • MTG 315......................3
  • Suggest FCS 341......3
  • FCS core elective.......3
  • Total hours...............15

Fourth year

  • FCS 400................1
  • FCS 405................4
  • FCS 407................3
  • FCS 410................4
  • FCS 461................3
  • Total hours......... 15

Spring semester

First year

  • ENG 101................3
  • CHM 150................2
  • CHM 160................2
  • CHM 161................1
  • FA elective.............3
  • MTH 111 ...............3
  • HV elective.............3
  • Total hours..........17

Second year

  • FCS 246.................3
  • BIO 205.................3
  • FCS 220.................3
  • BIO 202.................4
  • FCS 303.................3
  • Total hours..........16

Third year

  • FCS 307.................3
  • FCS 300.................3
  • FCS 410.................4
  • CHM 302................1
  • FCS 309.................3
  • Total hours..........14

Fourth year

  • ENG 304.................3
  • FCS 408.................4
  • FCS 412.................4
  • Elective..................3
  • Elective..................3
  • Total hours..........17