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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dietetics (B.S.)


Two programs are available in dietetics. Program I is the coordinated program in dietetics, and Program II is the didactic program in dietetics.

Coordinated program in dietetics (CPD)

Program I

The coordinated program prepares students for dietetics practice by integrating the 900-hour internship required by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) with the bachelor’s degree program. Graduates of this program are immediately eligible for active membership in the ADA and may sit for the national credentialing examination to become a registered dietitian (RD).

The program is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606–6995, 312-899-5400.

The internship phase of the program consists of community nutrition, clinical nutrition, and foodservice management experiences. The dietetics program has contractual agreements with healthcare and foodservice organizations in Manhattan and across the state of Kansas to provide these supervised practice experiences. Students assigned to sites outside Manhattan continue to take courses online via the K-State Division of Continuing Education’s K-State Online distance education program.

Participation in the internship phase of the program requires separate application and admission procedures. Students should contact the CPD program director during their sophomore year for information regarding the application process.

The program accepts a new class of students each semester to begin the internship. Applications are available and are due by February 15 for fall semester admission and by September 25 for spring semester admission. Criteria for admission to the internship are:

  1. Have an overall minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. No grade less than a C is allowed in natural sciences or professional studies courses.
  2. Submit documentation of a minimum of 140 hours of dietetics-related work experience, either paid or volunteer. Documentation must include inclusive dates of the experience, name and address of facility, required experience project documentation, and a letter (on letterhead or with business card attached) from the supervisor verifying the information submitted. Contact information for the supervisor (phone number, e-mail address) also is required. The work experience must include:
    • A minimum of 70 hours of food service experience. This may be obtained in the food production facility of a hospital, nursing home, school, summer camp, restaurant, or other foodservice operation serving the public.
    • A minimum of 50 hours of experience in medical nutrition and community nutrition.
    • A minimum of 20 hours continuous learning. 

Guidelines for experience projects are included with the application.

    3.  Submit one official recommendation form from an individual who is acquainted with the student’s knowledge of food, nutrition, and food service management, as well as the student’s work history and work ethic.
    4.  Complete an interview with the coordinated program admissions committee. Dates for interviews are announced each semester. 

Ongoing evaluation of the student’s academic and internship performance is an important component in the coordinated program in dietetics. Evaluation is conducted by K-State faculty and preceptors in the supervised practice experiences. Students not performing at acceptable levels may be counseled out of the program.

At the conclusion of the program, CPD students are presented with a certificate of program completion along with an ADA verification statement, attesting to their successful completion of both academic and supervised practice experience requirements.

Didactic program in dietetics (DPD)

Program II

The didactic program in dietetics meets the academic requirements of the American Dietetic Association. After completion of this program, the graduate must obtain the 900 hours of supervised practice experience, required for eligibility to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians, through an accredited, post-baccalaureate dietetic internship somewhere in the United States.

The program is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606–6995, 312-899-5400.

The program accepts a new class of students each semester. Applications are due the semester student takes HRIMD 341 - Principles of Food Production Management. Criteria for admission to the didactic program are:

  1. Have an overall minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. No grade less than a C is allowed in natural sciences or professional studies courses.
  2. Submit portfolio that documents a minimum of 150 project hours as part of the application process.  These include:  70 hours of management experience, 50 hours of clinical/community, 30 continuous learning hours.  Refer to department guidelines for specifics.  Guidelines for experience projects are included in the dietetic handbook found online.
  1. Complete an application packet that includes application for admission, copy of transcript and documentation of work experience hours (portfolio).

General requirements (61–63 credit hours)


Social sciences (6 credit hours)


Natural sciences (29–30 credit hours)


(Grades of C or higher required.)

Quantitative studies (6 credit hours)


Humanities electives (6 credit hours)


Choose one of the professional programs: I, II.


Unrestricted electives (0-1 credit hours)


Total hours required for graduation (125)


Unrestricted electives (18-20 credit hours)


Total hours required for graduation (125)


Distance education in dietetics


Professional courses in both dietetics options may be taken through the Division of Continuing Education using a variety of technologies. For further information, visit the distance dietetics program website.