Dietetics Program | College of Education and Human Development at Lamar University

Dietetics and Nutrition students consult with a patient

Our Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Your bachelor's degree will prepare and qualify you to apply for and complete an ACEND-accredited internship program (IP) in nutrition and dietetics. After successfully completing the IP and passing the registration exam, you will become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Your curriculum includes courses in:

  • general nutrition
  • medical nutrition therapy
  • community nutrition
  • nutrition through the life cycle
  • nutritional biochemistry
  • food science, and 
  • food service management.

Your path will also require a strong scientific background, so you'll take:

  • general biology
  • anatomy and physiology
  • microbiology
  • pathophysiology
  • chemistry
  • social and behavioral science, and
  • communications.

Academic Advisement

You should meet with your academic advisor to check your progress toward your degree. At least one year prior to your anticipated graduation, you should meet with the DPND Program Director to discuss progress toward graduation and options afterward. You should also work closely with the DPND Program Director in applying for internships.

Program Goals

Goal 1:  To recruit and retain students who are qualified to successfully complete the Lamar University DPND.

Related Objective:

  • 90% of students beginning at the freshman year, will complete the DPND within six years.

Goal 2:  To provide quality instruction and experiences for graduates to be successful in ACEND-accredited supervised practice programs, pursue graduate studies, or find employment in a nutrition/dietetics related field.

Related Objectives:

  • 60% of graduates will apply for accredited supervised practice programs within one year of graduation.
  • 90% of graduates who apply for accredited supervised practice programs within one year of graduation will be accepted.
  • 80% of graduates will pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians on first attempt.
  • 90% of graduates will pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians within one year of first attempt.
  • 30% of graduates who do not apply or are not accepted into supervised practice programs will be accepted into a post baccalaureate degree program in nutrition/dietetics or related field within one year of graduation.
  • 50% of graduates who do not apply or are not accepted into supervised practice programs will find employment in a nutrition/dietetics related field within one year of graduation.  Note: Program outcomes data are available upon request.
  • * ACEND is the accrediting authority of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Graduation Requirements

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition, Dietetics & Hospitality Administration with a specialization in Dietetics are published in the Lamar University Catalog.

Completion Requirements for Students Already Having a Bachelor's Degree

When a student already possesses at least a baccalaureate degree and desires to meet DPND requirements with the intention of applying for supervised practice, the DPND Program Director reviews the student’s previous course work, as well as experiential learning, to determine the additional DPND courses needed by the student. The student is provided a plan for completion of DNPD requirements. Plans are designed individually to assure the student meets core knowledge to successfully complete an accredited supervised practice program.

Verification Statement

After completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree and all DPND courses, the graduate will be provided five copies of the DPND Verification Statement, all with the original signature of the Program Director. Students who pursue DPND requirements after being awarded at least a baccalaureate degree will receive the DPND Verification Statement after all requirements are completed. Students who have completed some DPND courses at another institution and desire a Lamar University DPND Verification Statement must complete at least 12 credit hours of upper-level nutrition/dietetics courses at Lamar University before verification.