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.
  • RDs are required to maintain professional registration by accruing continued education credits
  • Many states have regulatory laws that require licensure for dietetic practitioners including registered dietitians 

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 Didactic Program in Dietetics at Bradley University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995; 312-899-0040 ext 5400.  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.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/.

Graduation, DPD completion requirements and verification statements

Bradley’s requirements for graduation are listed in the undergraduate catalog http://www.bradley.edu/academic/undergradcat/.

Dietetic majors who comply with Bradley’s graduation requirements, and have completed all program requirements will be issued with a Verification Statement by the program director to verify that they have completed program requirements and are eligible to apply for dietetic internships.

Dietetics majors who are full time must complete all program requirements within three years of starting their junior year. (Typical completion time is two years.)

Requirements for verification statements, in addition to Bradley’s graduation requirements, are:

  • completion of all DPD program requirements
  • an overall GPA of at least a 3.0
  • a science GPA of at least 2.75
  • C’s in all other FCS required courses

All students who receive verification statements are also eligible to sit for the Diet Technician exam through Pathway 3, to become a credentialed Diet Technician, Registered (DTR). See Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) at https://www.cdrnet.org/.

Bradley’s disciplinary/termination procedures are listed in Bradley’s undergraduate catalog (http://www.bradley.edu/academic/undergradcat/20152016/overview-arprobationdismissal.dot).

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.

DPD Program costs

Costs for obtaining a bachelor’s degree at Bradley is listed in the undergraduate catalog (http://www.bradley.edu/academic/undergradcat/). Additional DPD costs will vary from year to year, but will include certification for the State of Illinois Food Service Sanitation Manager (currently about $120), and laboratory fees for food and nutrition courses (currently less than $100).

There are several options for completing the required work experience for FCS 461 Practicum in Dietetics; the choice of practicum site will influence requirements from the company and costs for the practicum:

  • Students may apply to complete their required work experience in Aramark on campus. This is a paid position and students will follow employment requirements of Aramark. Students will not incur additional expenses for travel or parking. As an employee, students will abide by Aramark employment requirements and expectations. There will be no additional cost to the student.
  • Students may apply for positions in local hospitals or clinics. Clinical opportunities at sites within 15 miles of Bradley campus include:
    • OSF St Francis Medical Center (paid positions, but may allow volunteer hours)
    • Unity Point Health Methodist Proctor (paid positions)
    • Pekin Hospital (paid positions)
    • Cancer Health Center (mostly volunteer, but there is usually one paid position)

The first three medical centers require: drug tests, criminal background checks, health insurance (accept parent’s insurance), TB and flu shots, proof of immunizations. However, there is no additional cost to students, as they are paid for by the institutions, whether paid or volunteer. The Cancer Health Center have specific requirements (these are set out in detail with your practicum packet in FCS 461), but the only cost involved is to pay for drug tests/background checks (estimated as $30.00)

  • Additional costs to students for these four institutions are minimal for gas money; none of them charge a fee for parking
  • Students who choose to complete their practicum in sites other than in Peoria, will incur additional expenses for travel and accommodation. Students should find this out from the company where they plan to complete their practicum and take it into consideration before they seek instructor approval

NOTE: students who complete their practicum as volunteers, may not be required to replace paid employees.

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 email jad@bumail.bradley.edu.

Mission statement of the Dietetics program

Program mission is to empower graduates, through excellence, collaboration and experiential opportunities, to become leaders in supervised practice and post-graduate studies, leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitians.

Dietetics program goals

Program Goal 1: Program will empower graduates to be leaders in supervised practice, post-graduate studies, and to be prepared for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitians.

Goal 1 Objectives:

  1. Over a 5-year period, graduates who sit for the RD exam will achieve a first-time pass rate of 80% or higher
  2. Over a 5-year period, 70% of full-time students will complete all program requirements within 150% of program length (within 3 years of starting as juniors)
  3. Over a 5-year period, 60% of graduating seniors will apply to supervised practice programs (SP) within 12 months of graduation
  4. Over a 5-year period, 60% of graduates who apply to SP will be accepted within 12 months of graduation
  5. Over a 5-year period, 50% of graduates who did not place or did not apply to SP will enter graduate school or be employed in nutrition-related practice
  6. Over a 5-year period, 70% of program directors who respond to the survey will rate graduate leadership as > 3/5
  7. Over a 5-year period, 70% of seniors who participate in the senior exit interview will rate their leadership opportunities as > 4/6.0

Program Goal 2: Program will empower graduates through experiential opportunities and collaboration to achieve excellence in practice and to be team players in supervised practice, post-graduate studies and as entry-level registered dietitians

Goal 2 Objectives:

  1. Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates in SP who respond to the survey, will rate their academic preparation as > 3/5.0
  2. Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates in SP who respond to the survey, will rate their teamwork preparation as > 3/5.0
  3. Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates in SP who respond to the survey, will rate their preparation for nutrition counseling as > 3/5.0
  4. Over a 5-year period, 80% of SP directors who respond to the survey will rate graduate academic preparation of the intern compared to other interns as > 3/5.0
  5. Over a 5-year period, 80% of SP directors who respond to the survey will rate graduate teamwork as > 3/5.0
  6. Over a 5-year period, 80% of SP directors who respond to the survey will rate graduate in nutrition counseling as > 3/5.0
  7. Over a 5-year period, 70% of alumni who respond to the survey will rate their academic preparation as > 3/5.0

Outcome data for program objectives are available upon request

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.

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) Fresh Slice 
  • 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 AND

Current Curriculum and Four Year Plan

Please visit the Undergrad Catalog for the Dietetics requirements.  The dietetic program follows Bradley's academic calendar.

FALL SEMESTER:

First year

  • FCS 104...............4
  • FCS 140...............2
  • PSY 101...............3
  • BIO 111...............4
  • CHM 100..............3
  • CHM 101 (prq. CHM 100 or concurrent enrollment) 1
  • Total hours........17

Second year

  • BIO 230 (prq. C or better in BIO 111)..3
  • BIO 231 (prq. BIO 230 or concurrent enrollment) 1
  • CIV 100..................3
  • COM 103...............3
  • NW Elective............3
  • FCS 301 (junior standing - 1 level science course, soph standing-1 BIO or CHM) 3
  • Total hours...........16

Third year

  • FCS 310 (prq. FCS 104 and college-level nutrition course) 3
  • M L 250 (2hr) or PSY 321 (3hr) (prq. PSY 101 or equivalent) 2(3)
  • MTG 315 (prq. junior standing) 3
  • Learning Theory, (suggest FCS 341 or PSY 303) 3
  • FCS 303 (prq. BIO 230 and 232, CHM 162) 3
  • Total hours...............14/15

Fourth year

  • FCS 400 (prq. Senior standing and FCS major) 1
  • FCS 405 (prq. FCS 104, BIO 202, and sanitation certification or FCS 171) 4
  • FCS 407 (prq. FCS 303; BIO 230, 232; FCS 410; coreq. FCS 411) 3
  • FCS 411 (prq. B or better in FCS 410; BIO 230, 232; coreq. FCS 407) 4
  • FCS 461 (prq. Senior standing) 3
  • Total hours......... 15

Fall 2017 Curriculum and Four Year Plan

FALL SEMESTER:

Freshman

  • FCS 104...............4
  • PSY 101...............3
  • BIO 111................3
  • BIO 113................1
  • CHM 100..............3
  • CHM 101..............1
  • Total hours........15

Sophomores

  • BIO 230...............3
  • BIO 231...............1
  • CIV 100................3
  • COM 103..............3
  • NW Elective.........3
  • FCS 301...............3
  • Total hours..........16

Juniors

  • FCS 310...............3
  • M L 250................2
  • MTG 315..............3
  • PSY 303 or FCS 341...3
  • FCS 303...............3
  • FC 308
  • Total hours..........16

Seniors

  • FCS 400...............1
  • FCS 405...............4
  • FCS 407...............3
  • FCS 411...............4
  • FCS 461...............3
  • Total hours.........15

SPRING SEMESTER:

First year

  • ENG 101................3
  • CHM 162 (prq. CHM 100 or 110) 4
  • CHM 163 (prq. CHM 162 or concurrent enrollment) 1 
  • FA elective.............3
  • MTH 111 (prq. 3 semesters of high school algebra or equivalent) 3
  • HV elective.............3
  • Total hours..........17

Second year

  • FCS 246 (prq. FCS 140)  3
  • BIO 232 (prq. BIO 230) 3
  • BIO 233 (prq. BIO 232 or concurrent enrollment) 1
  • FCS 220 ................3
  • BIO 202.................4
  • Total hours..........14

Third year

  • FCS 307 (prq. FCS 306) 3
  • FCS 311.................3
  • FCS 410 (prq. CHM 162; BIO 230, 232; FCS 306, Grade of B or better in FCS 303; coreq. FCS 307)...............4
  • CHM 302 (prq. 1 year of college chemistry and biology) 1
  • FCS 309 (prq. FCS 104) 3
  • Total hours..........14

Fourth year

  • ENG 300 (suggest ENG 304-prq. ENG 101 and junior standing) 3
  • FCS 408 (prq. FCS 104, BIO 202; sanitation certification) 4
  • FCS 412 (FCS 410; BIO 230, 232; B or better in FCS 411) 4
  • Elective..................3
  • Elective..................3
  • Total hours..........17

SPRING SEMESTER:

Freshman

  • CHM 162..............4
  • CHM 163..............1
  • MTH 111...............3
  • FA elective...........3
  • HV elective..........3
  • FCS 100...............3
  • Total hours........17

Sophomores

  • BIO 232................3
  • BIO 233................1
  • FCS 220...............3
  • BIO 202................4
  • ENG 101..............3
  • Total hours........14

Juniors

  • FCS 307...............3
  • FCS 311...............3
  • FCS 410...............4
  • FCS 309...............3
  • CHM 302..............1
  • Total hours........14

Seniors

  • FCS 408...............4
  • FCS 412...............4
  • FCS 442...............3
  • Elective...............3
  • ENG 300..............3
  • Total hours........17