Dietetics, Coordinated BST

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, Coordinated (H40500BST)

More on the Dietetics, Coordinated major

Program Description

The CP includes over 1200 hours of pre-professional practice within the final two years of study, during which students gain knowledge as well as clinical experience in three main areas: food service administration, medical nutrition therapy, and community nutrition. CP graduates are eligible for active membership in the Academy and may take the national registration examination following graduation. State licensure requirements must also be satisfied prior to practice in Ohio. Information about limited permits and licensure are provided during the program.

Coordinated Program: The Coordinated Program has suspended admissions to the program as of fall 2020 until further notice pending a program reorganization.

Information regarding official application to the Coordinated Program No new students are being admitted to the CP program as of fall 2020 until further notice.  Normally students applying to the Coordinated Program should have a minimum GPA of 3.0, a 3.0 science GPA, and be prepared for heavy time commitment. Students accepted to the Coordinated Program complete a new Academic Program Agreement and are then advised by the Coordinated Program Director. Apply through the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences to be considered for program admission.

Verification Statement: The Coordinated Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The student's Academic Program Requirements include courses which meet the verification statement requirements.

Upon graduation, verification statements are signed by the Coordinated Program Director, indicating satisfactory completion of the program requirements. To earn a Verification Statement in CP, students must have a 3.0 GPA and obtain a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in the following courses (unless waived):

3100:130Principles of Microbiology3
3100:200Human Anatomy & Physiology I3
3100:201Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory I1
3100:202Human Anatomy & Physiology II3
3100:203Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II1
3150:110Introduction to General, Organic & Biochemistry I (Lecture)3
3150:111Introduction to General, Organic & Biochemistry I (Laboratory)1
3150:112Introduction to General, Organic & Biochemistry II (Lecture)3
3150:113Introduction to General, Organic & Biochemistry II (Laboratory)1
3470:250Statistics for Everyday Life4
or 3470:260 Basic Statistics
3750:100Introduction to Psychology3
3850:100Introduction to Sociology3
6200:201Accounting Principles I3
or 2420:211
Essentials of Financial Accounting
and Basic Accounting II
6500:301Management: Principles & Concepts3
6500:480Introduction to Health-Care Management3
7600:105Introduction to Public Speaking3
or 7600:106 Effective Oral Communication
7760:120Career Decisions in Nutrition1
7760:133Nutrition Fundamentals3
7760:228Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy3
7760:250Food Science Lecture3
7760:251Food Science Lab1
7760:310Food Systems Management I4
7760:314Food Systems I Field Experience (DP only)2
7760:315Food Systems Management I Clinical (CP only)2
7760:328Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
7760:400Nutrition Communication & Education Skills4
7760:403Advanced Food Preparation3
7760:413Food Systems Management II3
7760:424Nutrition in Life Cycle3
7760:426Human Nutrition3
7760:428Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
7760:443Nutrition Assessment3
7760:447Senior Seminar1
7760:480Community Nutrition I3
7760:482Community Nutrition II3
7760:485Seminar in Health Professions 11
7760:487Sports Nutrition3
7760:489Professional Preparation for Dietetics (DP only)1

In addition, CP students must complete the following courses with a minimum of a B or with CR:

7760:315Food Systems Management I Clinical2
7760:329Medical Nutrition Therapy I Clinical2
7760:429Medical Nutrition Therapy II Clinical2
7760:444Medical Nutrition Therapy in Long Term Care2
7760:481Community Nutrition I-Clinical2
7760:484Health and Wellness Clinical4
7760:485Seminar in Health Professions1-3
7760:486Staff Relief: Dietetics2

Please note: Recentness of education requirements may need to be satisfied.


  • If courses are taken out of the recommended sequence, graduation may be delayed.
  • If General Organic Biochemistry classes were completed more than 5 years ago. Please see contact the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences for additional evaluation.
  • To progress in the Nutrition majors, students may not repeat any course required for the verification statement more than once. If, after the first repeat, a student has not earned a “C” or better in a course, they will be dropped from the program.
  • Once dropped, students will not be permitted to re-enter the dietetics program.

Statement of Understanding: Students are required to comply with the rules and regulations necessary to meet the foundation knowledge and skills for dietetics. Medical insurance, proof of immunization and a thorough criminal background check (BCI/FBI) for clinical experiences are required. The background check may reveal a student’s unsealed and sealed criminal record.

Student Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (SAND): The University of Akron Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is open to all interested undergraduate and graduate students at the University. Its purpose is to stimulate interest in the dietetic profession, orient members to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and organize activities to involve members in programs for the public to help promote nutrition education. Contact the faculty advisor (330-972-6046), watch the Schrank bulletin board for meeting notices, and/or talk to one of the student officers for more information. New officers are elected yearly, and names are posted on the dietetics bulletin board.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available from various sources (including the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) throughout the school year. Information regarding scholarships and the application is posted on the dietetics bulletin board in Schrank Hall South. Deadlines for applications will vary. It is the student's responsibility to request letters of recommendation from the faculty if required. Email the application before the posted deadline dates as instructed online.

Employment Opportunities: A student majoring in Dietetics gains some knowledge and experience in all three areas of specialization: management, medical nutrition therapy, and community dietetics. Thus, rewarding positions may be found in a variety of settings: hospitals, schools and colleges, commercial food services, community agencies, health care agencies, with manufacturers and distributors, with family practice units and private physicians requiring the professional services of a registered dietitian, or in the area of food and nutrition research. Average salary for dietitians is approximately $57,910 annually.

The following information has official approval of The School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and The College of Health and Human Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
3150:110 Introduction to General, Organic & Biochemistry I (Lecture) 1,2 3
3150:111 Introduction to General, Organic & Biochemistry I (Laboratory) 1,2 1
3300:111 English Composition I 1 3
Basic Statistics 1
or Statistics for Everyday Life
3850:100 Introduction to Sociology 1 3
7760:120 Career Decisions in Nutrition 1,2 1
Spring Semester
3100:130 Principles of Microbiology 1,2 3
3150:112 Introduction to General, Organic & Biochemistry II (Lecture) 1,2 3
3150:113 Introduction to General, Organic & Biochemistry II (Laboratory) 1,2 1
English Composition II 1
or Technical Report Writing
Introduction to Public Speaking 1
or Effective Oral Communication
7760:133 Nutrition Fundamentals 1,2 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
3100:200 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 2 3
3100:201 Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory I 2 1
3750:100 Introduction to Psychology 2 3
7760:228 Introduction to Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 3
7760:250 Food Science Lecture 2 3
7760:251 Food Science Lab 2 1
Spring Semester
3100:202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 2 3
3100:203 Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II 2 1
3600:120 Introduction to Ethics 3
6200:201 Accounting Principles I 2,3 3
6300:201 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
Arts Requirement 3
Summer Semester
7760:485 Seminar in Health Professions 4 1
3rd Year
Fall Semester
6500:480 Introduction to Health-Care Management 2 3
7760:310 Food Systems Management I 2,5 4
7760:314 Food Systems I Field Experience 2 2
7760:403 Advanced Food Preparation 2 3
7760:426 Human Nutrition 2 3
7760:443 Nutrition Assessment 2 3
Spring Semester
6500:301 Management: Principles & Concepts 3
7760:328 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 2 3
7760:329 Medical Nutrition Therapy I Clinical 2 2
7760:400 Nutrition Communication & Education Skills 2 4
7760:424 Nutrition in Life Cycle 3
7760:487 Sports Nutrition 2 3
Summer Semester
7760:444 Medical Nutrition Therapy in Long Term Care 2 2
Arts or Humanities Requirement 3
Global Diversity Requirement 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
7760:428 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3
7760:429 Medical Nutrition Therapy II Clinical 2
7760:480 Community Nutrition I 5 3
7760:481 Community Nutrition I-Clinical 2
Complex Systems Requirement 3
Spring Semester
7760:413 Food Systems Management II 3
7760:447 Senior Seminar 1
7760:482 Community Nutrition II 3
7760:484 Health and Wellness Clinical 4
7760:486 Staff Relief: Dietetics 2
 Total Hours131-132