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Bachelor of Science: FSN - Dietetics Specialization

FSN - Dietetics Specialization

"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 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). For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN please click here."

Starting in Fall 2022, a master's degree will also be required for admission into CWU's Dietetic Internship.


The philosophy of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at CWU is consistent with the mission of the university. The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) of CWU is to prepare students for supervised practice in order to be eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs). The DPD promotes creating life-long learners who think critically and are highly trained nutrition scholars.

Program Goals & Objectives are available here.

Dietetic Handbook 


The Dietetics specialization fulfills the requirements of ACEND for a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). All students have access to their student file upon request. Following completion of this program, a verification statement will be issued, which qualifies the student to apply for admission to an ACEND Accredited Supervised Practice Experience, also known as a Dietetic Internship. Following this, the student is eligible to sit for the registration examination. Passing the registration exam qualifies the graduate to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). Beginning January 1, 2024, a master's degree will also be required to become an RD.


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Prior to admission into the Dietetics Specialization, students shall apply to the B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition major with a specialization in Foods and Nutrition. Admission and degree requirements are listed in the Central Undergraduate Course Catalog. Advising forms and anticipated course offerings are available here.

In addition to successfully completing all of the pre-specialization courses, applicants to this specialization must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of application, and a GPA of 3.0 in all pre-specialization classes. Students planning on entering the Dietetics Specialization are encouraged to declare their major in the B.S. Food Science and Nutrition with a Foods and Nutrition Specialization as early in their studies as possible so they may be assigned a major advisor and receive proper advising in this field.

Students are highly encouraged to complete at least five credits of NUTR 490 - Cooperative Education. NUTR 490 is currently only offered during summer quarter.



For students interested in our major, please contact:

Patrick Coffey
Academic Advisor for Health Sciences
Bouillon Hall 205
Drop-In Advising: Wed. 8-11am, Thur. 8-10am
(509) 963-3580

Once students are admitted to the major, they will be assigned a Faculty Academic Advisor.

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