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The undergraduate dietetics program at Utah State University are offered as an in-person, face-to-face program in Logan, Utah. The academic rigor and quality supervised practice facilities of this program results in graduates who are well-prepared for career and advanced education. In the past 3 years:

  • the DPD first time pass rate has been 71% (the national average is 67%) with a one-year pass rate of 97%
  • 100% of students complete the program in less than 150% of the program length.
  • 92% of students received placement in a supervised practice program
  • 87% of graduates reported being employed within a year of certification.

Tuition Information

The Commission on Dietetic Registration requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD program at Utah State University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program after graduation.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN, please click here. For details about the Utah State University programs in dietetics, review the information below prior to beginning the application process.

To apply to our Didactic program, students will need to:


Become a Registered Dietitian Through USU

Graduate from High School and apply to USU or a 2 year college.



General Education

Complete 2 years of general education and nutrition courses and obtain dietetics related experience hours. Declare a major in Dietetics and contact the program advisor. 


USU's Bachelor's Program

Apply to the USU Didactic Dietetics Program. Complete 2 years of course work and get more experience hours.


USU's Master's Programs

Apply to one of two USU graduate degrees and supervised practice (internship) programs (CAPD or MDA).


Registers Dietitian's Test

Complete masters degree coursework and supervised practice (3-4 or more semesters depending on program and individual educational pathway). Take and pass the Registered Dietitian exam! Congratulations!


Why Dietetics?


Career Options

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Clinical nutrition (hospitals, long-term care facilities, health care, etc.)
  • Community nutrition and education
  • Public health

  • Food service management: schools, clinical facilities
  • Private consulting
  • Sports nutrition
Dietetics career

ACEND Accreditation

The Utah State University Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians (RD) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). ACEND® serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, Eat Right, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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