The Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics offers a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. The dietetics programs at Kansas State University prepare students for careers as credentialed dietitians who will provide leadership in the delivery of foodservice management and nutrition services for the people of Kansas and around the world.
Dietetics education at K-State is based on the belief that dietitians are uniquely qualified to provide the latest information and guidance relating to questions of normal and clinical nutrition and foodservice management. The dietetics curriculum combines courses in biological and physical sciences, the humanities, quantitative studies, business and communications with in-depth courses in food science, nutrition and foodservice management to provide a strong base for professional success. Every effort is made to prepare students for professional practice in our service-oriented, information-based society.
The importance of quality and service is emphasized because client needs and expectations must be the central focus of innovative dietetics practice. As a professional, the K-State dietetics graduate will practice on-going self-evaluation, lifelong learning and adherence to both a personal and professional code of ethics.
Kansas State University's on-campus dietetics program provides the option of both a didactic program and a coordinated program route. Students will be required to choose which program they intend to apply for once they begin their professional courses.
Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Kansas State University provides the necessary coursework to meet the academic requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (hereafter known as "The Academy"). Upon completion of the DPD, the student earns a B.S. degree in dietetics and receives a "Verification Statement" attesting to the completion of the required coursework to apply for an accredited dietetic internship after graduation. Once the required internship is completed, the individual may sit for the national Registration Examination for Dietitians, administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
The K-State DPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.
Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD)
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) at Kansas State University provides the coursework as well as the supervised practice experience requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the semester students are finishing the professional coursework, they will apply for admission to the CPD. Upon admission, students are placed in affiliated sites within the state of Kansas to complete the 1200-hour supervised practice experience the final year of the CPD. Upon completion of the CPD the student earns a bachelor's degree in dietetics and is immediately eligible to sit for the national Registration Examination for Dietitians.
The K-State CPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.
Dietetics as a Profession
Registered dietitians (RDs) are professionals who translate the science of food and nutrition to enhance the well-being of individuals and groups. Many dietitians work in healthcare facilities such as hospitals and extended care facilities. Dietitians may also be found working in community health settings such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs; food stamp programs; or feeding programs for the elderly. Because so many people eat meals away from home, dietitians also manage non-commercial and commercial foodservice operations where they apply nutrition knowledge and managerial skills in the delivery of meals to children and adults. Career opportunities also exist in diverse areas such as journalism; sports medicine; wellness programs for business and industry; and sales for food, foodservice equipment, or pharmaceutical companies. Dietitians work for food companies in research and development, as public information specialists for food commodity groups such as dairy, beef or pork councils, or as consultants in private practice serving rural hospitals and nursing homes. The broad range of opportunities for practice within dietetics provides RDs with maximum flexibility as they move through their professional careers.