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Program Completion and Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics (CP) is scheduled to be completed within four years (eight semesters) and one summer term during the summer of the student’s junior year.  In the fall of the junior year, the student applies for admission to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics.  For program completion/graduation, students are required to maintain a minimum grade of “B” in all core CP coursework. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be allowed to continue in the Coordinated Program unless the coursework is retaken and meets the outlined grade expectations.  They will be placed on academic probation (see Academic Probation and Dismissal Policy in sidebar and the Student Handbook).

Evaluation of the supervised practice performance will be conducted jointly by the director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and preceptors at the sites where the student completes the supervised practice rotations. If a student does not pass a rotation, additional assignments and potentially additional supervised practice may be required. This will be decided by the program director in conjunction with preceptor(s) as needed.

For program completion, Delaware State University’s (DSU) Coordinated Program in Dietetics requires completion of a minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of didactic instruction and 1200 hours of supervised practice in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and food service management as delineated in the Course Sequence by Semester.  Upon successful completion of all facets of the program, students will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics and receive an ACEND verification statement, enabling them to take the registration examination to become a registered dietitian (RD or RDN). In addition to obtaining the RD or RDN credential, graduates may need state licensing to practice as a dietitian nutritionist in many states. Licensure is a requirement in Delaware. 

Students are required to complete the Coordinated Program in Dietetics in 3 years from the beginning of the semester in which the student applies.  An extension of that time period will only be granted under special circumstances, such as if a student is a part-time student, with prior program director permission.