Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Dietetics
A bachelor's degree specializing in dietetics is your first step to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist. Our comprehensive approach to food, nutrition and diet will help you become an expert, teaching people how to make healthful food choices to maintain healthy minds and bodies.
Choosing Dietetics at Ohio State
The comprehensive Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Ohio State will help you develop into a food and nutrition expert. You’ll influence others at many levels and facilitate lifestyle changes and choose food for optimal health. The program is your first step to becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist.
What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?
A registered dietitian nutritionist is a professional who can develop personalized nutrition plans to prevent or treat various diseases. They are food and nutrition experts who work in hospitals, public health, wellness centers, nutrition counseling and education, research and food service management.
How to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist:
- Complete your BS degree with the DPD at Ohio State
- Complete an accredited dietetic internship*
- Pass the National Registration Exam
Licensure and Certification Requirements
Ohio State's Didactic Program in Dietetics prepares students to obtain dietetics licensure in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification and state licensing board contact information at go.osu.edu/onground.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics
- The DPD is fully accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and integrated into the BS in Human Nutrition, Dietetics
- Study nutrition-focused and science-based courses that prepare you for success in a dietetic internship and the national exam
- Learn from dynamic and passionate professors who make this program come to life for students
- Excellent record of helping students who successfully complete the program obtain internships (84% of DPD students who applied to internships in the last three years were matched)
- 94 percent of DPD graduates who took the Registration Examination for Dietitians in the last five years passed it on their first attempt.
Most graduates go on to become registered dietitian nutritionists. Career opportunities include:
- Clinical Dietitians
- Public Health Nutritionists
- Private Practice Nutritionists
- Sports Dietitians
- Food Industry Professionals
- Corporate Wellness Officers
- Nutrition Educators
- Nutrition Researchers
- Foodservice and Culinary Managers
Coursework: Physical and biological sciences, human anatomy, biochemistry, human physiology, advanced nutrition, food service systems and management
Course requirements: University courses (50-54 hours), major requirements (46 hours), science requirement (17-19), electives (0-6 hours)
Academic opportunities: Food and Nutrition Forum, Student Dietetic Association, study abroad, Denman Undergraduate Research Forum
Outcome data measuring achievement of program objectives 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 registered dietitian nutritionist (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 CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, 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 Didactic Program in Dietetics at The Ohio State University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.
For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.
Current student? Applications are accepted by the second Friday of each semester (Autumn, Spring and Summer). The online application opens approximately one month prior to this deadline.
If you are interested in completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics and are a graduate student or have already completed a bachelor's degree, use this application to be considered for the program.