The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) provides quality education that prepares students with the technical, human, and conceptual skills for entry level positions in a variety of food and nutrition settings. The Goals and Outcome Measures of the DPD are consistent with program philosophy and mission.
The Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) approved the dietetics program at Western Illinois University as a Didactic Program in Dietetics in 1992. The DPD was fully accredited by CADE in November 2006. CADE, recently renamed Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), is located at the headquarters of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606; 800-877-1600.
Graduation is based on completion requirements of the didactic program in dietetics (Dietetic Option Requirements) and fulfillment of university requirements. Upon receiving the bachelor's degree with an option in Dietetics, a graduate will be issued a verification statement.
A graduate of the DPD is eligible to apply for admission into an accredited dietetic internship program. A verification statement is required for admission into an accredited dietetic internship program. The dietetic internship follows graduation and acceptance is based on several factors including grade point average, work experience, faculty recommendations, and participation in dietetic related activities and organizations.
After completion of an accredited dietetic internship program, the graduate is eligible to take the national registration examination for dietitians to become a registered dietitian (R.D.).The verification statement must accompany a graduate's application to sit for the registration examination.
No additional requirements for admission to the Department of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising, and Hospitality or the department options exist beyond the university admission requirements as listed in the Western Illinois University Undergraduate Catalog . Students are encouraged to refer to the university catalog and the Office of Admissions in Sherman Hall.
In addition to University tuition, room and board, etc. as listed in the university catalog, certain costs will be incurred in the DPD at Western Illinois University. The following items are estimated costs offered to assist students in planning for their financial responsibilities while at Western Illinois University.
- Laboratory uniform (required for all food classes) --$65.00
- Field Trips (selected courses, costs will be identified in the syllabus) -- $50.00
- Student organization membership fee (varies) -- $10-40.00/year
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the employment for dietitians will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2014 because of increased importance placed on disease prevention, increasing population, aging population, and the interest in nutrition by the public. To grow faster than the average, according to BLS, is to grow at a rate of 18 to 26 percent. Much of the growth is expected to occur in nursing homes, residential care facilities, and the physician clinics.
Dietitians provide nutrition services, manage food service operations, and conduct research or sales with the public and private sectors in the United States and abroad. For more information on a career in dietetics, visit http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Dietitians-and-nutritionists.htm.
Job settings include:
- Hospitals (inpatient/acute care)
- Health maintenance organizations
- Sports facilities
- Private practice
- School food service (K-12)
- Colleges and universities
- Extended care facilities
- Government programs
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Food service industries
- Food manufacturers
- Food industry catering service
- Food equipment companies
- Lorri Kanauss, PhD, RD, LDN, Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics, Associate Professor, L-Kanauss@wiu.edu
- Rita Kaul, MS, Assistant Professor, R-Kaul@wiu.edu
- Carol Longley, PhD, RD, LDN, Assistant Professor, CE-Longley@wiu.edu
- Emily Shupe, PhD, RD, LDN, Instructor, ER-Shupe@wiu.edu
- Karen Greathouse, PhD, RD, LDN, Professor, KR-Greathouse@wiu.edu