Graduates of the DPD program who earn their NDTR credential or go on to earn their RDN credential and want to practice as Dietitians/Nutritionists may need to apply for licensure before they are eligible to do so. Licensing statutes include an explicitly defined scope of practice, and professional practice is illegal without first obtaining a license. A list of the states that require licensure is available on the Commission on Dietetic Registration website. Licensure is not currently required for practice as a dietitian or a dietetic technician in the state of Michigan.
Nutrition and Dietetics — B.S.
This program is offered in-person.
Dietetics is an allied health field that builds on the foundation of life and social sciences. The nutrition and dietetics program provides the graduates with the food and nutrition knowledge needed to promote good health and prevent chronic diseases. The undergraduate program in nutrition and dietetics at Western Michigan University leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and is accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a didactic program in dietetics (DPD). The nutrition and dietetics program meets the Standards of Education of ACEND and graduates are eligible to apply for accredited internship programs. ACEND can be contacted at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois, 60606-6995 or by calling 1-800-877-1600 (ext. 5400).
Join us for an information session on October 26 at 12pm ET to learn about the education and career requirements needed to become a registered dietitian. This session will cover the new master's degree requirement, internship details, and the program offerings at WMU to support your registered dietitian journey.
Why nutrition and dietetics at Western Michigan University?
95% of WMU nutrition and dietetics graduates who applied to postgraduate internships were accepted, which is over 37% higher than the national acceptance rate for 2016-21.
88% of 2020-21 WMU nutrition and dietetics graduates who responded to the post-graduate report survey were employed or continuing education within three months of graduation.
Students receive personalized attention with a 18-1 student-to-faculty ratio. Faculty support students through the undergraduate program and guide them through the post-graduate dietetic internship application process.
Students receive strong support from current professionals in the greater Kalamazoo and SW Michigan regions. Local RDNs provide opportunities for externships, mentor our students, and work closely with our student organizations.
Current student at Western Michigan University on pre-nutrition and dietetics pathway.
Completion of the required pre-nutrition and dietetics courses with a grade of "C" or better.
Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Dietetics and nutrition program application.
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WMU provided an atmosphere for learning and growth, laying a foundation for me to become a well-rounded student.
- Anja Grommons (B.S. '15; M.A. '17)