The Bachelor of Science in Dietetics prepares individuals to be recognized leaders in the field of food and nutrition. Graduates of the Dietetics Program function as entry-level professionals with opportunities for practice in:

  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Community dietetics
  • Food systems management
  • Business and entrepreneurship
  • Nutrition/product research
  • Nutrition counseling

Students choose one of the following options:

  • Option A: Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or
  • Option B: Coordinated Program (CP) in Dietetics (includes the supervised practice)

Both options lead to the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and fulfill the foundation knowledge and skills to meet requirements for graduation from this accredited program.


The DPD and CP in Dietetics and the Dietetic Internship at the University of Kentucky in the NFS Department are granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education.

Requirements for Becoming a Registered Dietitian

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics
  • Complete a supervised practice; i.e., CP or Dietetic Internship
  • Pass the registration exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration

Potential Career Pathways

  • Health Educator
    2016 Median Salary: $53,070 per year
    Job Outlook: 13% (faster than average growth)

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Student Groups Associated with this Program

Our college supports dozens of organizations to help students apply their learning outside the classroom and gain valuable work and leadership experience.  To learn more about the organizations listed below, click here.

Pre-Professional Tracks

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has specialized advising services for students planning to attend professional school (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, etc.).  

In addition to helping students fulfill foundational coursework, the college's pre-professional advisor also helps student secure relevant experience such as internships, volunteer opportunities, and job shadowing positions. 

For more information on the college's pre-professional advising, click here.