Dietetics Program Information
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D. or the Academy).
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
American Dietetics Association
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Chicago, IL 60606-6995
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This is a second admissions program with both online and on-campus delivery methods. Through the online delivery method, this program is available to students who do not live within 100 miles of Eastern Michigan University’s campus. The program begins in the fall of the junior year. Please be aware that admission to the University is not a guarantee of entry into the dietetics program. Important information and the application for both the online and on-campus programs can be found at the Extended Programs and Educational Outreach web site. In addition, students are encouraged to contact the College of Health and Human Services Advising Center at email@example.com or 734.487.0918 for additional information. The application deadline for both the online and on-campus programs is January 15 for consideration for entrance into the professional phase of the program the following fall semester.
The applicants for either delivery method must meet the following requirements to be considered for the professional phase of the program:
Junior standing achieved by completing 56 or more credit hours or equivalent (including transfer courses);
Minimum GPA of 2.75; and
Satisfactory completion (C or above) of the following prerequisites prior to entrance into the professional phase of the program.
Recency of education rules apply to any program courses that are transferred into Eastern Michigan University. Please follow the Recency of Education link to learn more.
The availability of clinical facilities limits the number of students admitted to each class. Therefore, a screening procedure is used to select the most qualified students for the available positions in the program. Academic status, letters of recommendation, a personal statement and answers to given questions are considered in this screening procedure.
Once students have been accepted into the CPD, it is assumed that they will maintain their academic status.
If the student receives a grade of C (C+, C, C-) in any two required courses during the professional phase of the program he/she will be put on academic probation within the program. The student will be required to meet with the faculty of record and the program director. At this time conditions of the academic probation will be determined and a plan of action will be put into place.
If the student receives another C (C+, C, C-) in a required course during the professional phase of the program, a committee review and disciplinary action will be taken, including potential dismissal from the program.
A grade of D (D+, D, D-) in any required course during the professional phase of the program will be referred for a committee review and disciplinary action will be taken, including potential dismissal from the program.
A grade of E in any required course during the professional phase of the program will result in automatic dismissal from CPD.
If a grade of D (D+, D, D-) or E is received in any course during the final semester of the professional phase of the program, the circumstances will be committee reviewed and the student potentially will not receive a verification statement to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The formation of the review committee will be determined by the program director.
In preparing to assume professional careers in dietetics, students are expected to assume responsibility for their learning, to support the ethics and standards of practice of the their profession and to value honesty in the fulfillment of scholarly and professional endeavors. The department reserves the right to retain only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of scholarship and practice competence and personal integrity suitable to dietetics.
Registration in Dietetics
Upon successful completion of the coordinated dietetics curriculum and degree, students will be eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Passage of the exam will provide the recognized credential of Registered Dietitian through the Commission on Dietetics Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
An active articulation agreement exists between this program and a community college. To see a complete list of current colleges with program articulation agreements with EMU, please click here.
Critical Graduation Information:
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Not more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix) may be applied towards the minimum of 124 hours required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is coordinated by the Office of Admissions, and additional documentation may be required.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:
EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education
- For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU in Fall 2007 or later or who have elected to follow the current (“new”) General Education Program, follow the “For Students” link under the Current Program heading.
- For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU before Fall 2007 and who have elected to follow the Pre-2007 General Education Requirements, follow the “General Education Program Prior to Fall 2007 (pdf file)” link under the Program Prior to Fall 2007 heading. Please note that students who wish to graduate under pre-2007 General Education requirements must graduate by August 2014; those who have not completed all degree requirements by that time will need to satisfy the current (Fall 2007) General Education requirements.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on MACRAO or articulation agreements; consult your academic adviser for additional information.
University Information: Consult the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.