Total number of hours for the program: 120.
Declaration of a major in Pre-Nutrition and Dietetics does not guarantee admission into the Nutrition and Dietetics (ND) program. Students must formally apply and be admitted to the program before beginning the professional sequence of courses in the junior year. In addition to the academic requirements below, students are expected to adhere to the technical and professional standards of the program. For the most up-to-date information regarding these standards, program progression, suspension, and termination refer to the Nutrition and Dietetics Student Handbook on the program website linked from the School of Health Sciences.
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.8 overall, 3.0 in the pre-requisite courses
When do students apply? Completed applications must be received online in the beginning of the Spring semester each year for admission to the ND program in the Fall of that year. Students typically apply to the program during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Further application information can be found on the program website.
Required Prerequisites: Admission to the professional sequence requires completion of ND 239 and ND 330 with a grade of at least a “B” as well as the following science and math courses or their equivalent with a grade of at least a “C”: CHEM 132 or CHEM 139, CHEM 133 or CHEM 140, BIOL 291, BIOL 292, BIOL 313, MATH 170 and PSY 150.
Retention in the Program: Students admitted to the program must maintain a 3.00 GPA in the major to remain in the program.
Verification Statement and Progression to the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN): The WCU’s Nutrition and Dietetics program is also known as a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Program graduates will receive a verification statement and will be eligible to apply to take the Examination for Dietetic Technicians and/or apply to an ACEND- accredited dietetic internship program. Dietetic internships are competitive, and application does not guarantee acceptance. Upon successful completion of an internship, graduates will be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). More Information on the WCU Dietetic Internship combined with a graduate degree can be found at: https://www.wcu.edu/learn/departments-schools-colleges/HHS/healthsci/nd/dietetic-internship-di-program/index.aspx.
Additional Information: Transfer students should contact the program director for further information.