Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Foods - Dietetics

Why Complete a Degree in Nutrition and Foods with emphasis in Dietetics?

In the two videos below, recent graduates share their experiences in our program. We enjoy talking to anyone who has an interest in the program. Please contact us via email or stop by the faculty offices in Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences.

Program Structure

Appalachian State University's Undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics meets the requirements to prepare students for entrance into a Dietetic Internship. The four year program consists of two phases:

  1. Pre-dietetics (Phase 1): Two years of introductory professional requirements and general education courses which may be obtained at Appalachian State University or another accredited college or university, or equivalent institution for international students.
  2. Dietetics (Phase 2): Two years of study in clinical dietetics, foodsystems management, and community nutrition at Appalachian State University campus.

This program is designed to fulfill all knowledge requirements for entry-level dietitians as stated in the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards for DPD Programs. See the Nutrition and Foods (Dietetics Concentration) Plan of Study for the proposed Four Year Schedule of the Dietetics Program.  Refer to the Undergraduate Handbook for specific program information.


The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Appalachian State University, which is the Dietetics Concentration within the Nutrition and Foods degree, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995. 800-877-1600 ext. 5400. ( *Outcomes data available upon request, email Melissa Bryan

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 order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website: 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). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetics program at Appalachian State University are eligible to [apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN].