Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining health and in the prevention and treatment diseases. Registered Dietitians (RD)s and Registered Dietary Nutritionists (RDN)s are the food and nutrition experts who translate the science of nutrition into personalized recommendations to help people prevent and manage medical conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and many more. To become a RD, students must complete required coursework as well as supervised practice. Required courses include biology, chemistry, biochemistry, medical nutrition therapy, nutrition assessment, diet selection and planning, and food service systems management.
At Purdue, students complete all required coursework for dietetics in the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, and then apply to either an outside dietetics internship or the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Purdue to complete the required supervised practice. Upon completion of supervised practice, students are eligible to sit for the national registration examination for dietitians.
Purdue’s placement rate into supervised practice (internship or coordinated program) is approximately 87%, compared to a national dietetic internship placement rate of approximately 50%. Additionally, we offer an Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) program as an alternative route for students who do not secure a traditional dietetic internship.
Dietetics students interested in exercise science are eligible to declare a double major with Nutrition, Fitness and Health during STAR. This is a popular double major for our dietetics students, achievable over 4 years, adding only an additional 8-16 credit hours. This double major prepares students to be at the exciting interface between nutrition, dietetics, and fitness.
With a focus on preventive health and nutrition, Dietetics is an excellent pre-professional major; the curriculum includes all of the pre-requisite courses for most physician assistant programs. Students interested in this option may consider a double majoring in Nutrition Science.
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Careers in Nutrition and Dietetics
- Clinical dietitian in a health care facility
- Food service management (e.g. hospital or school food service systems)
- Clinical nutrition management
- Community and public health
- Sports nutrition
- Corporate wellness
- Industry (food, pharmaceuticals, etc.)
- Journalism/Nutrition communication
- Private practice/consultant
Transfer to Nutrition and Dietetics
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Additional Requirements: At least one semester of college-level chemistry or biology with a grade of C or higher.
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