Nutrition & Dietetics

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The mission of the San Francisco State University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to provide quality dietetics education and training in the areas of foods, nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and foodservice management. The program’s goals aim to prepare students for supervised practice, ultimately leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work with culturally diverse populations and to serve the present and future nutrition needs of individuals, families, consumers and the institutions, industries, and businesses serving them.

The B.S. in Nutrition & Dietetics has two concentrations, one in Dietetics and Nutrition Science and the one in Foods and Community Nutrition. The programs prepare students for careers in clinical dietetics, foodservice systems management, and nutrition education in hospitals, industry, and community or government agencies.

The FINA Department does not permit multiple concentrations within the Nutrition & Dietetics degree major.

Dietetics and Nutrition Science Concentration

Foods and Community Nutrition Concentration

Nutrition & Dietetics Program Information

The B.S. in Dietetics is an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and meets the Accreditation Standards of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics located in 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 Chicago, IL 60606-6995 (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400 ACEND@eatright.org 

The mission of the San Francisco State University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to provide quality dietetics education and training in the areas of foods, nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and foodservice management.  The program’s goals aim to prepare students for supervised practice, ultimately leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work with culturally diverse populations and to serve the present and future nutrition needs of individuals, families, consumers and the institutions, industries, and businesses serving them.  

The program has two goals.

  1. Graduates will be prepared for supervised practice programs.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity and the importance of cultural competence.

Program outcomes are available upon request.

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). In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics at San Francisco State University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.

The Registered Dietitian is the food and nutrition expert. To become a Registered Dietitian the following steps must be taken:

  1. Complete Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework;
  2. Acquire supervised dietetic practice experience by successfully completing an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI);
  3. Pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

To apply to a dietetic internship, individuals must complete at least a bachelor's degree and ACEND-accredited coursework requirements (Didactic Program in Dietetics). Currently all DIs must provide at least 1200 hours of supervised practice. This is usually completed in 8-24 months depending on the availability of a part-time schedule or requirement of graduate credit. Individuals completing the program who are verified by the program director are eligible to write the CDR registration examination for dietitians.

Appointments to DIs are awarded on a competitive basis and most use a national computer matching process. Programs not participating in computer matching accept applications only from individuals employed by the sponsoring organization. Prospective applicants must contact program directors for current information, including application deadline dates. More information about the application, tuition and financial aid can be obtained from the program.

Competition for Dietetic Internships (DI) is extremely fierce, so if you are an existing student or are considering applying to a dietetics program to become a Registered Dietitian, try to get as much information as possible to improve your chances at getting the internship experiences required to sit for the RD exam.

Make sure that your GPA is above the minimum required by the internship, the higher the better. Although GPA is not the only factor considered by directors, it is one of the most highly weighted. A GPA of 3.0 (B) is often listed as the minimum considered by most DI programs; however, remember that this is only a minimum. So, if given a choice between a 3.0 or a 3.8 GPA, chances are that the applicant with 3.8 GPA will be selected.

The San Francisco State University Didactic Program in Dietetics provides general university information, specific information regarding the program and steps required by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to become a Registered Dietitian or Dietetic Technician, Registered.

As a post-bachelor's student, you can complete the B.S. in Dietetics & Nutrition Science without additional university requirements; only the 70 units of the DPD program are required. Upon completion of the 70 units, the degree will be awarded. Please review SF State Division of Graduate Studies website for university admissions information. The deadline for Fall admission is March 1 and for Spring, November 1.

Note: The classes listed below are in high demand at SF State and many are prerequisites for upper division nutrition courses. As such, we require that all post-bachelor's and transfer applicants complete General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, Anatomy, Statistics and Psychology prior to applying. Please plan accordingly.

If you graduated from a university outside the United States, your transcripts must be evaluated by an outside agency. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) website lists companies performing this service. This evaluation must be included with all requests for transcript reviews.

The B.S. in DFM - Dietetics & Nutrition Science or DFM-Foods & Community Nutrition invites current students to submit a change of major request online by completing the following steps:

  1. Go to SF State’s home page and select the Login link to log into SF State Gateway/MySFSU.
  2. Log in with your SF State ID or E-mail and SF State Password.
  3. Your SF State Gateway home page displays. Click the Schedule / Classes link under the Student section and click to Student Center.
  4. The SF State Student Center displays. Under the other academics pull down section, select Change Major from the drop-down menu. Click the Go button.
  5. The Change of Major/Minor page appears.
  6. To proceed, click the Next button at page bottom.
  7. A new page displays your current major and click on the change of major button.
  8. Requested College - Click 38 CHSS.
  9. Requested Major – Click Either
    • Dietetics: Diet & NutrSci - B.S.
    • Dietetics: Food & ComNutr – B.S.
  10. Click Submit Button.
  11. You will receive a welcome email from our Department with an email address of your new major advisor – Please note that you must check Gateway in order to access this email.  Please send your advisor an email to set up a time to discuss your academic advising plan.
  12. After this meeting, you will be added to the NUTR major.
  13. A confirmation of your request will be sent to your SF State email account.

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