Dec 16, 2018  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 

Dietetics Major

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (also referred to as CP or Program) 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

Career Opportunities

A degree in dietetics culminating with the registered dietitian credential provides many options for employment. Job opportunities are available in the clinical area in hospitals, long-term care facilities, specialized health care settings, and insurance companies.

In addition, there are many opportunities in the community including positions in federal and state programs like the Women, Infant and Children’s Nutrition Program, Head Start and Area on Aging. The food service industry is also a place for employment including hospitals, long-term care facilities, corporate operations, and school systems. Other areas where dietitians provide their expertise is in sports nutrition, universities, private practice, research, writing, and other government agencies such as the FDA and the USDA.

For current information related to a career in dietetics, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Site, by clicking here.

Dietetics Infographic  

Articulation Agreement

An articulation agreement exists between this program and at least one community college. To see a current list of program articulation agreements, please click here.

Admission Requirements:

Important Notes:

  • Definition: Coordinated Program – the didactic (theory) coursework and the supervised practice experiences are completed concurrently. Once a student has successfully finished the coordinated program, they are eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians
  • This is a second admissions program with both online and on-campus delivery methods
  • EMU admission is required prior to program admission
  • Admission to the University is not a guarantee of entry into the dietetics program
  • Based on accreditation and the availability of supervised practice experience sites, the CP limits the number of students admitted to each class
  • The dietetics program 2nd admissions application deadline for both delivery methods is in January for consideration for entrance into the CP the following fall semester; the program only begins in the fall
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required to apply. This includes all previous college-level courses
  • A minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.75 is required to apply. This is comprised of the six pre-application phase courses
  • Satisfactory completion (C or above) of all prerequisite courses (pre-application and pre-admission) is required prior to starting the CP in the fall.
  • Prerequisite courses cannot be older than ten years at the time of application to the program with the exception of General Psychology and Statistics, which have no time limit
  • A screening procedure is used for cohort selection that evaluates:
    • GPA - Cumulative & Prerequisite Courses
    • Two Reference Forms
    • Personal statement
    • Answers to application questions
    • Overall application notebook presentation
    • Online assessment
    • Committee input

Background Check:

Students accepted into the Coordinated Program in Dietetics must successfully pass a comprehensive background check and complete Supervised Practice Experiences, as part of the Program curriculum.  Individual Supervised Practice Experience sites and preceptors are not part of Eastern Michigan University and may have additional requirements that do not permit students to complete Practice Experiences at a site if a student has a criminal conviction on his or her record.  Depending on the nature of the record, it may be difficult for such students to complete all required Supervised Practice Experiences. Therefore, students with relevant history are strongly encouraged to contact a Dietetics Co-Program Director or Dietetics Advisor early in their application process.

Group Advising Sessions:

Group advising sessions are designed to help you understand what content must be included in your notebook and what criteria you must meet in order to be selected as a student. Potential applicants are required to attend a group information session/webinar prior to scheduling an individual appointment with the dietetics intent advisor. You can determine when the next group advising session/webinar will be held (many dates will have an in-person session AND a webinar option) by going to:

Important Documents:

Application - Online  

Application - Campus  

Dietetics Information Packet  

Preceptor Handbook  | Preceptor Agreement Form  | Supervised Practice Experience Facility Form   

Practice Experience Site Map for MI & OH Distance-Online Students  

Physical and Mental Requirements 

Please see the program’s website for additional information.

Online Education for Out-of-State Students

It’s great that you are considering Eastern Michigan University for your online degree program. Before you apply, though, it is critical that you make sure you are eligible to enroll in a program based in Michigan. EMU is an approved State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Participant. That means EMU can enroll students into online programs who live in any SARA member state without seeking additional authorization from that particular state. 

Check your eligibility to attend EMU: Is your state a SARA member? If yes, you are eligible to enroll in an EMU–Online program. If your state is not a SARA member, you may still be eligible to enroll at Eastern Michigan University. For more information, please click here.


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. Specific continuance policy details are available in the Student Handbook found here .

Registration in Dietetics

Upon successful completion of the coordinated program in dietetics curriculum and degree, students will be eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians through the Commission on Dietetics Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Passage of the exam will provide the recognized credential of Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

School Information:

School of Health Sciences - College of Health and Human Services

Colleen Croxall, Ph.D.

313 Marshall
(734) 487-4096

School Website

Advising Information:

College of Health and Human Services
Advising Center

214 Marshall
(734) 487-0918

Click here to make an appointment!

General Education Requirements:

For specific General Education requirements, click here .

Prerequisite Courses:

The following prerequisite courses to the program will be required

Pre-Admission Phase: 16-17 hours

Minor Requirement:

This major does not require a minor.

Program Total:

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

60 Hour Waiver

Students in this program are granted a waiver of the University requirement that students may not earn “more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix).” Students in this program may earn up to (but not exceed) 70 hours in “DTC” credit towards graduation.

Extended Programs

This program is available at an EMU off-campus location or entirely online. For a list of sites, 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 on-line 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 (GEWI) 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 than 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 credits 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 cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor, will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (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 in the General Education  section of the catalog.

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.