Nov 13, 2019  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 

Dietetics Major (IDTC)

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The Coordinated Program in Dietetics is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND or the Academy).

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
312/889-0040, ext. 5400

This is a second admissions program with both on-line and on-campus delivery methods.  Through the on-line delivery method, this program is available to students who secure supervised practice experiences more than 100 miles from 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 on-line and on-campus programs can be found at the School of Health Sciences website. The application deadline for both the on-line and on-campus programs is January 15 for consideration for entrance into the professional phase of the program the following fall semester.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
The applicants for either delivery method must meet the following requirements to be considered for the professional phase of the program:

  1. Admission to EMU;
  2. Junior standing achieved by completing 56 or more credit hours or equivalent (including transfer courses);
  3. Minimum GPA of 2.75; and
  4. 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.  For more information about the Recency of Education guidelines please click here .

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 (Grade Point Average), letters of recommendation, a personal statement, notebook presentation, on-line assessment and committee input are criteria used for screening.


Once students have been accepted into the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP), it is assumed that they will maintain their academic status.

In preparing for a professional career in dietetics, students are expected to assume responsibility for their learning, to support the ethics and standards of practice of 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 CP curriculum and degree, students will be eligible to write 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.

Articulation Agreement

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.

School Information:

School of Health Sciences - College of Health and Human Services

Colleen Croxall, Ph.D. School Director

313 Marshall Bldg
(734) 487-4096

School Website

Advisor Information:

College of Health and Human Services Advising Center

214 Marshall

(734) 487-0918

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .

Prerequisites of Professional Phase

Effective with the January 2015 Application notebook cycle to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP) the following prerequisite courses to the Professional Phase will be required:

Minor Requirements:

This program does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Extended Programs

This program is available at an EMU off-campus location. For a list of locations, 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).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (WI)  Course in your major.
  • 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.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits 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 conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be reached 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  

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

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