Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

Program Admissions Requirements

  1. Accumulative GPA in both required prerequisite courses and professional courses of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Completion of required courses:
BIOL 1101Biology I 14
BIOL 1101LBiology I Lab 10
BIOL 2221Introductory Microbiology 13
BIOL 2221LIntroductory Microbiology Laboratory 11
BIOL 3301Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 13
BIOL 3301LAdvanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab 11
BIOL 3302Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 13
BIOL 3302LAdvanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab 11
CHEM 1101Introduction to Chemistry 13
CHEM 1102Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry 13
CHEM 1103Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory 11
COMM 1101Fundamentals of Oral Communication3
ECON 2201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ENGL 1102Writing and Rhetoric II 13
HCA/HE 2210Medical Terminology and Communication 12
MATH 1153Statistical Reasoning3
NTD 1101Introduction to Dietetics1
NTD 2205Foods and Meal Management 13
NTD 2205LFoods and Meal Management Lab 11
NTD 2239Nutrition 13
PSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1101Introduction to Sociology3

Completion of ISU General Education requirements is strongly suggested prior to applying and must be completed before graduation-- see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this catalog.

Application Process

The Didactic Program in Dietetics consists of prerequisites, professional courses and a final set of "seat" courses which must be taken the senior year. All prerequisites, professional courses and "seat" courses must be completed with a C- or better to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and obtain the Verification Statement required for applying for supervised practice programs. Students submit an application for the "seat" courses, which are NTD 4401 Medical Nutrition Therapy I, NTD 4402 Medical Nutrition Therapy II, and NTD 4402L Medical Nutrition Therapy II Lab, taken in the senior year. Students can apply a year in advance once admission requirements are met. Those applications will be considered for pre-award for the final year in the program. Other professional courses can be taken once the course prerequisites are met. Applications will only be considered if the above-mentioned admission requirements (1 and 2) are met.
DUE DATE: February 15th or the following workday if the 15th falls on a weekend or university holiday.

Applicants must complete the following:

  1. DPD application form available on the program website at
  2. A written letter of application stating reasons for choosing dietetics as a career and professional goals.
  3. Official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended (Other than ISU) must be submitted unless required classes taken at other colleges or universities are already listed on the student’s ISU transcript. Current ISU students do not need to submit transcripts. Mail transcripts to the DPD Director at: STOP 8117, 921 S. 8th Ave, Pocatello, ID 83209-8117
  4. $25 non-refundable application fee (use the link on the program website

Application Review:

  1. Applications are reviewed by a committee of Dietetic Faculty. All materials must be submitted for the application to be reviewed and must be post marked by the DUE DATE of February 15th or the following workday if the 15th falls on a weekend or university holiday.
  2. The following criteria are considered in the application review by the DPD Selection Committee:
    1. ACCUMULATIVE GPA in both required prerequisite courses and professional courses completed
    2. Honors/Activities                                                                                                          
    3. Volunteer/Work Experience                                                                                               
    4. Written letter of application               
  3.  Due to the limited number of seats, achievement of minimum standards does not ensure admission in the DPD.

Notification and Acceptance Requirements

  1. Applicants are notified in writing of acceptance status by the Friday before Spring Break. Acceptance status can be 1) accepted to a seat for the upcoming academic year; 2) accepted to a seat for the following academic year; 3) alternate for a seat for the upcoming academic year, or 4) not accepted. Students must accept their seat in writing (email) by the communicated due date to the DPD Director.
  2. Students enrolled in Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) will have some required experiences at medical facilities within the local community.  In order to be in alignment with facility policies, all MNT students must have updated vaccination records. 
    1. Before attending off campus experiences in medical facilities, students must show proof of the following vaccinations:
      1. Negative PPD (TB test) in the past 12 months
      2. Proof of 2 MMR vaccinations or titer proving immunity
      3. Proof of 3 Hep B vaccinations or titer proving immunity
      4. Proof of 2 varicella vaccinations or titer proving immunity
  3. Students enrolled in MNT must complete a background check at their own expense, complete a HIPPA training, and submit proof of health insurance prior to obtaining required course experiences in local health care facilities.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Students must apply for graduation at least one semester before all requirements are completed.

  2. Students must complete 120 credit hours.

  3. Students must complete all courses required for the DPD with a C- or better.  

  4. Students must successfully complete ISU's General Education Requirements.

Didactic Program in Dietetics Required Courses

ACCT 3303Accounting Concepts3
ENGL 3307Professional and Technical Writing3
MGT 3312Individual and Organizational Behavior3
NTD 3312Quantity Foods3
NTD 3312LQuantity Foods Laboratory1
NTD 3360Nutrition Through the Lifecycle3
NTD 4400Nutrition Assessment and Instruction3
NTD 4401Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
NTD 4402Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
NTD 4402LMedical Nutrition Therapy II Lab1
NTD 4407Principles of Community Nutrition3
NTD 4408Applications in Community Nutrition3
NTD 4410Management in Dietetics3
NTD 4457Experimental Foods3
NTD 4461Nutritional Biochemistry I3
NTD 4470Dietetics Senior Seminar2
NTD 4485Nutritional Biochemistry II3

In addition:  Electives to total 120 credits.  See advisor regarding class sequencing.