Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in Food and Nutrition Didactic Program in Dietetics

Dr. Zara Rowlands, Program Director

(330) 941-2021

This baccalaureate program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). The Didactic Program in Dietetics at YSU is currently accredited, 01/2020 - 01/2027.


Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400

Mail:  ACEND, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Students may select the Didactic Program in Dietetics as a major as a Freshman or transfer student.  Majors must earn a C or better grade in the following courses within the first year of enrollment in the major (or transfer equivalent courses).

ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
FNUT 1551Normal Nutrition3
BIOL 1545Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology5
BIOL 1545LAllied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory0
BIOL 1551
Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Anatomy and Physiology 1 Laboratory
BIOL 1552
Anatomy and Physiology 2
and Anatomy and Physiology 2 Laboratory
CHEM 1510Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences4
CHEM 1510LChemistry for the Allied Health Sciences Laboratory0
FNUT 2600Orientation to Dietetics Major1

Upon satisfactory completion of the DPD, students are issued a DPD verification statement confirming eligibility to apply for an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) or other pre-professional practice program such as an Individualized Supervised Practice Program (ISPP) or a Graduate-Dietetics Future Education program.

Completion of Supervised Pre-professional Practice and a graduate degree (master’s level or above) establish eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing examination for dietitians. Candidates who pass the exam, earn the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential, which makes one eligible for State Licensure to practice as a Licensed, Registered Dietitian in the State of Ohio. Licensure and Certification requirements differ from State to State.

Didactic program in dietetics (DPD) graduates may also take the registration examination for dietetic technicians and become Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (NDTR).

Both credentials (RDN and NDTR) require completion of continuing education and maintenance of an electronic Portfolio covering 5 year periods, to document CEUs, on the Commission on Dietetic Registration credential management portal.

For more information, contact Dr. Zara Rowlands at or call (330) 941-2021

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
STAT 2625Statistical Literacy and Critical Reasoning4
Natural Science
BIOL 1545Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology5
BIOL 1545LAllied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory0
CHEM 1510Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences4
CHEM 1510LChemistry for the Allied Health Sciences Laboratory0
Social Science (6 s.h.)
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology3
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h. Select 2 courses)6
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)
FNUT 1551Normal Nutrition3
SOC 3703Aging and Society3
Major Requirements
FNUT 1512Food Safety and Sanitation2
FNUT 1553Food Science and Management Principles3
FNUT 1553LFood Science and Management Principles Laboratory1
FNUT 2600Orientation to Dietetics Major1
FNUT 2612Food Systems: Operation, Production, and Service3
FNUT 2612LFood Systems: Operations, Production, and Service Laboratory2
FNUT 2640Nutrition Counseling and Education Skills Development for Dietetics3
FNUT 2641Diet Prescriptions and Intervention Planning2
FNUT 2652LNutrition Assessment Laboratory1
FNUT 3735Nutritional Biochemistry2
FNUT 3759Advanced Nutrition3
FNUT 3760Medical Nutrition Therapy 23
FNUT 3761Science of Nutrition in Exercise3
FNUT 4802Research Methods in Dietetics2
FNUT 4802LResearch Methods in Dietetics Laboratory1
FNUT 4810Experimental Foods2
FNUT 4810LExperimental Foods Laboratory1
FNUT 4860Medical Nutrition Therapy 33
FNUT 4872Maternal and Child Nutrition2
FNUT 4873Nutrition and Aging2
FNUT 4895DPD Capstone3
FNUT 4858Food Service Systems Management4
FNUT 4874Community Nutrition and Wellness3
FNUT 5862Food and Culture2
FNUT 5862LFood and Cultures Laboratory1
HAHS 5875Interprofessional Education for Health Professions3
Additional Accreditation Required Courses
ACCT 1503Elementary Accounting3
or HMGT 2603 Hospitality Managerial Accounting 1
AHLT 4810Management Skills for Health Professionals3
or MGT 3725 Fundamentals of Management
BIOL 1560Microbiology for the Health Professions2
BIOL 1560LMicrobiology Laboratory for Health Professions1
MATC 1501Medical Terminology3
MATC 2605Introduction to Pharmacology3
SOC 3745Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare3
Electives to meet 120 hours3
Total Semester Hours120-122
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
or Strong Start Success Seminar
ENGL 1550
Writing 1 (F,S,X)
or Writing 1 with Support
FNUT 1551 Normal Nutrition (F,S,X) 3
BIOL 1545
Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology
and Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
CHEM 1510 Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences 4
CHEM 1510L Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences Laboratory 0
 Semester Hours16-18
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 (F,S,X) 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology (F,S,X) 3
FNUT 2600 Orientation to Dietetics Major 1
MATC 1501 Medical Terminology 3
A & H course 3
 Semester Hours13
Year 2
ACCT 1503
Elementary Accounting (F)
or Hospitality Managerial Accounting 1
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
FNUT 1512 Food Safety and Sanitation 2
FNUT 1553 Food Science and Management Principles (F,S) 3
FNUT 1553L Food Science and Management Principles Laboratory 1
STAT 2625 Statistical Literacy and Critical Reasoning 4
 Semester Hours16
MATC 2605 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
FNUT 2612 Food Systems: Operation, Production, and Service (F,S) 3
FNUT 2612L Food Systems: Operations, Production, and Service Laboratory (F,S) 2
FNUT 2640 Nutrition Counseling and Education Skills Development for Dietetics 3
FNUT 2641 Diet Prescriptions and Intervention Planning 2
FNUT 2652L Nutrition Assessment Laboratory 1
FNUT 3735 Nutritional Biochemistry (S) 2
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
FNUT 3759 Advanced Nutrition (F) 3
FNUT 3760 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 (F) 3
FNUT 3761 Science of Nutrition in Exercise 3
FNUT 4802 Research Methods in Dietetics (F) 2
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
A & H Elective 3
 Semester Hours17
AHLT 4810 Management Skills for Health Professionals 3
FNUT 4860 Medical Nutrition Therapy 3 (S) 3
FNUT 4802L
Research Methods in Dietetics Laboratory
or Directed Individual Study in Dietetics
FNUT 4810 Experimental Foods 2
FNUT 4810L Experimental Foods Laboratory 1
SOC 3703 Aging and Society 3
BIOL 1560 Microbiology for the Health Professions 2
BIOL 1560L Microbiology Laboratory for Health Professions 1
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
FNUT 4858 Food Service Systems Management (F) 4
FNUT 4895 DPD Capstone 3
HAHS 5875 Interprofessional Education for Health Professions 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours13
FNUT 4872 Maternal and Child Nutrition (S) 2
FNUT 4873 Nutrition and Aging 2
FNUT 4874 Community Nutrition and Wellness (F) 3
FNUT 5862 Food and Culture 2
FNUT 5862L Food and Cultures Laboratory 1
SOC 3745 Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare 3
 Semester Hours13
 Total Semester Hours120-122

Sophomore, Junior and Senior level Dietetics core courses are offered once per year.  Please attend an advising session with your program advisor so you can sequence your courses to complete the program efficiently.

YSU-DPD Program Goals & Objectives 2022-2024

Goal 1. The program will prepare graduates for supervised practice programs, advanced degrees or employment.

  • O1: At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
  • O2: At least  35 percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation 
  • O3: Of program graduates who apply to a supervised practice program, at least  50 percent are admitted within 12 months of graduation 
  • O4: The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • O5: At least 70% of program graduates who do not complete supervised practice programs will report employment in a nutrition-related field. (Program Specific Goal)

Goal 2. The program will prepare graduates perform adequately in a supervised practice program.

  • O1: At least 80% of graduates admitted to supervised practice will rate their preparation by the program to be satisfactory or better.
  • O2: At least 80% of graduates will receive “satisfactory” ratings or better on their preparation and performance from their supervised practice program (DI) director and/or preceptors. 
  • O3: At least 80% of program graduates will rate program quality as satisfactory or better in preparing them for advanced studies or employment. (Program Specific Goal)