Dietetics is an allied health field that builds on the foundation of life and social sciences. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Western Michigan University leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and is accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Dietetics Program meets the Standards of Education of ACEND and graduates are eligible to apply for accredited internship programs.
Students must complete a dietetic internship and pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians in order to qualify for certification as a Registered Dietitian (R.D.). Students apply for admission to internships during the last semester of their senior year or after graduation. Appointment to internships is competitive. Students are selected on a variety of criteria including grade point average (GPA), work experience, and recommendation letters. Most dietetic internships require that applicants have a GPA of at least 3.0. Successful applicants from this undergraduate program have had an average GPA of 3.5.
The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to provide graduates with foundational knowledge in dietetics and related disciplines, and the opportunity to develop professional skills and attitudes that will prepare them for post-graduate internships, advanced degree programs, and entry-level employment in dietetics related fields.
Goal 1: The program will prepare graduates who are competent for entry into dietetic internship programs, and first professional employment in dietetics related fields.
Goal 2: The program will prepare graduates who participate in professional development and lifelong learning and contribute to the pool of allied health and food and nutrition professionals in Michigan and beyond its borders.
Western Michigan University's DPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics through 2022.
For more information about accreditation of dietetics education programs contact:
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND):
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(800) 877-1600 Ext. 5400
Students are admitted to the pre-dietetics program for the first two years. They apply for admission to the dietetics program (years 3 and 4) at the end of the second semester of sophomore year. The admission criteria and application procedures are described below.
Required Pre-Dietetics Courses
Thought and Writing
Applicants must complete the DPD application form and write a letter of application. In addition official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended and student copies of WMU transcripts must be submitted along with the application material. Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received. The application deadline is May 15 of each academic year. WMU pre-dietetics students can submit all their application materials in hard copy, and e-mail a pdf copy of their WMU transcripts to the Program Director, Dr. Rojhani, once spring course grades are posted. All applications are reviewed and admission determined by the DPD selection committee, consisting of full-time and part-time DPD faculty. Applications may be obtained online.
Note: Students officially admitted to the dietetics program must complete the TB screening and complete a background check. The TB screening can be completed through the Sindecuse Health Center on campus, or through a private physician or clinic. The cost for background check is $70 and can be completed through WMU Public Safety Office. Students will not be allowed to register for courses until the above screening and background checks are completed and results provided to DPD director, Dr. Arezoo Rojhani. In addition all students admitted to the dietetics program will be required to become student members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Application materials should be sent to:
Dr. Arezoo Rojhani, Ph.D., R.D.
Associate Professor, DPD Director
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5322
Registered Dietitians are eligible for positions in hospitals, commercial food establishments, long-term care facilities, food industry, government sponsored child nutrition programs, colleges and universities dining services; the armed forces; community health agencies.
Graduates must complete the internship and pass the registration examination for dietitians in order to recieve the Registered Dietitian (R.D.) credential.
For class listings, program guides and other resources, visit the advising page for the dietetics major.
In order to receive the BS Degree in Dietetics the following graduation requirements must be met:
WMU DPD will issue a Verification Statement (completion document) to all students who successfully complete the requirements of the Didactic Program in Dietetics. Students will use this document to prove their completion of the program for the application to Dietetic Internship programs and eligibility to take the Dietetic Technician Registered Examination. Please see the link for more information.
A verification statement is issued upon successful completion of all DPD requirements and graduation from WMU. Six copies of the verification statement are mailed to each graduate in early August. Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) requires that all DPD Programs retain an original copy of each student’s verification statement indefinitely. Verification statements can only be issued for students who completed at least 21 upper division credits of their professional dietetics courses at WMU. Verification statements are required by Dietetic Internships and for professional membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and for eligibility to take the Dietetic Technician Registered (DTR) exam. Students requesting verification statements, for application to internships or for DTR testing may be asked to take additional courses to update their knowledge and skills before a verification statement is issued if they completed their DPD requirements 5 or more years ago. In the past the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) would not accept a verification statement that was more than 5 years old as part of an individual’s eligibility to take the RD exam. Although this is no longer a finite policy, dietetic internship programs may require additional coursework for students seeking a verification statement who graduated five or more years ago and are now planning on applying for dietetic internship placement. Even though your university may choose to issue you a verification statement, the Dietetic Internship may choose to NOT to accept an applicant based on recency of education. You will need to review program specific materials information and/or contact individual programs to determine if they have policies that include recency of education time limits.
Program graduates are eligible to apply for post-graduate internship programs. Students apply for admission to internships during the last semester of their senior year or after graduation.
SDA is the active student group in which dietetics majors participate. Membership in SDA is the stepping stone for involvement in the profession. SDA provides the students with the opportunity:
Monthly meetings provide a vehicle for planning and coordinating the associations' activities.
Through DCSP, WMU pre-dietetics and dietetic students are linked to dietitians and food service professionals in Kalamazoo and surrounding areas for mentorship opportunities. The experience gained from participation in DCSP better prepares students for a future career in dietetics.