Students who already have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university may complete dietetics course requirements as a post-baccalaureate student or as a second degree student.
For post-baccalaureate students enrolled in Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework for the purpose of obtaining a verification statement, their degree must be from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent.
For students who have a Bachelor's degree in a field other than dietetics:
- I have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited university, but it is not in dietetics. Can I complete course requirements as an undergraduate at The University of Georgia to become eligible to enter a dietetic internship and become a registered dietitian?
Yes. You have two options to complete the dietetics course requirements. For both, a student must be enrolled at the University of Georgia. Visit the university’s site for prospective students to obtain application information and deadline dates (https://www.admissions.uga.edu/admissions/).
The first option is to enroll in the university to complete a second bachelor’s degree in dietetics. As a part of the admissions process, your previous coursework will be evaluated and you will be advised which courses are needed to complete a second degree in dietetics. A verification statement indicating that you have met dietetics coursework requirements will be issued to you following the successful completion of this second degree. This verification statement is required to enter a dietetic internship program to become a registered dietitian.
The second option is to enroll as a post-baccalaureate student and complete coursework needed to meet dietetics knowledge requirements, in addition to your bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. A verification statement indicating that you have met dietetics coursework requirements will be issued to you following completion of this work. This verification statement is required to enter a supervised practice program (such as a dietetic internship) to become a registered dietitian. In addition to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, you will need to complete the following courses or their equivalent (with a minimum of a C grade) to receive a verification statement from the Didactic Program in Dietetics at The University of Georgia:
BIOL 1107-1107L, Biology I
CHEM 1211-1211L, Freshman Chemistry I
CHEM 1212-1212L, Freshman Chemistry II
Course in statistics
Course in psychology
COMM 1100 or 1500
CHEM 2211-2211L, Modern Organic Chemistry I (requires General Chemistry as prerequisite)
CBIO 2200-2200L, Anatomy and Physiology I
CBIO 2210-2210L, Anatomy and Physiology II
MIBO 2500-2500L, Microbiology and Health Care or 3500-3500L, Introductory Microbiology
BCMB 3100, Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
FDNS 2100, Human Nutrition and Food
FDNS 3100, Macronutrients and Energy Balance
FDNS 4100, Micronutrient Nutrition
FDNS 4500, Medical Nutrition Therapy I
FDNS 4510, Nutrition Related to the Human Life Cycle
FDNS 4520, Clinical Nutrition Interventions
FDNS 4530, Medical Nutrition Therapy II
FDNS 4600, Food and Nutrition Policy
FDNS 3600-3600L, Food Principles
FDNS 3610-3610L, Quantity Food Production
FDNS 4070, Research Methodology in Human Foods and Nutrition
FDNS 4610, Foodservice Procurement and Financial Management
FDNS 4620, Management of Foodservice Organizations
FDNS 4540, Public Health Dietetics
FDNS 4660, Food and Nutrition Education Methods
FDNS 4645, Functional and Nutritional Properties of Foods
FDNS 5900, Professional Development in Foods and Nutrition
If you are interested in this option, your transcripts will be reviewed upon admission to The University of Georgia to determine which courses you need to take to receive a verification statement. Some of the courses may be taken at another university if they are considered to be equivalent to required courses at the University of Georgia. However, a minimum of 15 credits of foods and nutrition courses must be taken in the Department of Foods and Nutrition at the University of Georgia to receive a verification statement from our program. A transcript evaluation will be based on current dietetics course requirements during the first semester that a student begins taking courses at the University of Georgia following the completion of a Bachelor's degree.
A transcript evaluation completed for an individual who intends to, but does not enter the University of Georgia to take classes, will be vaild until dietetics program requirements change, and will not be valid for more than 5 years.
Some students may elect to take some of the coursework at the graduate level. If you are interested in completing some of the coursework at the graduate level as a non-degree seeking student or as a part of a graduate degree please view the graduate program website.
- I have completed my degree at a university outside of the United States. I would like to complete dietetics coursework and become eligible to apply to a dietetic internship. Can I take coursework at The University of Georgia to meet the dietetics course requirements?
Yes, you will need to have your academic degree(s) validated as equivalent to the bachelor’s degree conferred by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Please see the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website for information and a list of agencies that will perform this service: http://www.eatrightpro.org/resource/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students/foreign-degree-evaluation-agencies
As discussed above, you will also need to apply for admission to the University of Georgia (https://www.admissions.uga.edu/admissions/international/). For a review of your transcripts to determine which courses you need to complete dietetics requirements at the University of Georgia, please contact Dr. Emma Laing (email@example.com). A transcript evaluation will be based on current dietetics course requirements during the first semester that a student begins taking courses at the University of Georgia following the completion of a Bachelor's degree.
A transcript evaluation completed for an individual who intends to, but does not enter The University of Georgia to take classes, will be vaild until dietetics program requirements change, and will not be valid for more than 5 years.