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Program Highlights

The Bachelor of Science in Dietetics prepares students to be recognized as nutrition experts in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, community organizations, and food systems. 

What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist? 

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Options for Earning a Bachelor Degree in Dietetics

Option A: Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Students complete 4 years of academic coursework needed to apply for a supervised practice/dietetic internship. 

Students must apply to be admitted to the major and need a minimum 2.4 overall (cumulative) GPA and completion of DHN pre-dietetics courses with a minimum GPA of 2.8.

Option B: Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Students complete 3.5 years of academic coursework as well as 8 months of supervised practice experience.

Selective Admissions program (14 students/year). Apply for entry into Coordinated Program February of sophomore year.

Transfer students are welcome.  If you transfer into the major from another university, you should expect to take a minimum of three semesters to complete all required coursework, assuming you have completed all pre-major requirements. 

If you are an incoming international student, follow the instructions for a Transcript Evaluation


Exploratory Courses

  • DHN 101: Human Nutrition and Wellness, 3 credits;
  • DHN 212 (section for non-majors): Introductory Nutrition, 3 credits

Possible Careers

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), graduates function as entry-level professionals with opportunities for practice in medical nutrition therapy, community dietetics, non-profits, food systems management, business and entrepreneurship, nutrition/product research, nutrition counseling and wellness. 

Possible Employers

Hospitals; long-term care facilities; rehabilitation facilities; non-profits, insurance companies, food manufacturing companies, school systems; health departments; corporate wellness centers; and outpatient clinics.

Advanced Degrees

Masters of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition.

The Didactic Program, the Coordinated Program and the Dietetic Internship in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the University of Kentucky are currently granted Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, Phone number (800) 877-1600, ext 5400.