Students can complete the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) as an undergraduate for a B.S. in dietetics degree, or for a post-bachelor certificate in dietetics (non-degree) for those students who already have a bachelor's degree (in any subject). For both options, the prerequisite courses are the same. The only difference is that post-bachelor certificate students do not need to complete the WSU General Education requirements since WSU is not awarding a degree.
- Prerequisite courses
The list of prerequisites for the dietetics program does not include university degree requirements for courses such as computer literacy, critical thinking, English, foreign language, etc. All grades of "D" for prerequisite courses must be repeated. (Scroll down to see the list.)
You do not need to have all the prerequisite courses completed to apply by the April 1 deadline; you may be enrolled in some of the courses at the time of application, and you have the spring/summer semester to complete the remaining courses before the fall semester when the program begins. However, the more of these courses that are completed at the time of application, the more competitive your application will be.
If you want to check for equivalent courses at another college or university, you can visit the transfer credit search engine. You can also contact our NFS undergraduate advisor or an advisor at the school where you plan to complete the prerequisite courses. Finally, you can view our transfer plans that lay out specific courses from community colleges for programs at WSU.
For transfer plans for the CPD:
- Go to Transfer Plans
- From the alphabetized list of schools, click on your choice.
- Scroll down to "College of Liberal Arts and Science" and then click on "Dietetics" to see the equivalent courses from that school.
CPD prerequisite courses
Course # Title Credits BIO 1510 Basic Life Mechanisms (Biology) 4 BIO 2870 Anatomy/Physiology 5 BIO 2200 Microbiology 5 CHM 1220 Chemistry, Inorganic 4 CHM 1230 Chemistry Lab, Inorganic 1 CHM 1240 Organic Chemistry I 4 CHM 1250 Organic Chemistry I – Lab 1 CHM 2220 Organic Chemistry II 4 STA 1020 Statistics 3 PSY 1020 Psychology 3 ANT 2100 or
Anthropology or Sociology
3 ECO 2010 Microeconomics 4 MGT 2530 Management 3 NFS 2130 Food Science 3 NFS 2140 Food Science – Lab 1 NFS 2030 Nutrition and Health 3 NFS 3230 Human Nutrition 3 NFS 2220 Human Nutrition – Lab 1
To find out when specific courses will be offered on our schedule of classes, and to see our academic calendars visit our
To see a sample schedule for the CPD, look for Overview of Courses in the Professional Program in our handbook.
- Program courses
Upon acceptance into the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, students will follow the two-year course sequence below for a total of 55 credits. Students in the CPD must maintain an overall University GPA of 3.0 or better, and a B- or better in all supervised practice and companion didactic courses, as well as a C- or better in all other non-dietetic courses. For more information on program retention and policies, please see our CPD Handbook.
CPD program courses
First semester (year one, fall)
Course # Title Credits NFS 4100 Nutrition Care Process I 2 NFS 5220 Community Nutrition 2 NFS 4230 Macronutrient Metabolism 3 NFS 5350 Management of Food Service Systems 4
Second semester (year one, winter)
Course # Title Credits NFS 4120 Nutrition Care Process II 2 NFS 4150 Advanced Food Science 3 NFS 4200 Dietetic Practice I 4 NFS 4231 Micronutrient Metabolism 3 NFS 5250 Nutrition and Disease 4
Third semester (year two, fall)
Course # Title Credits NFS 4210 Dietetic Practice II 10 NFS 5200 Advanced Dietetics 3
Fourth semester (year two, winter)
Course # Title Credits NFS 4220 Dietetic Practice III 10 NFS 5360 Management of Nutrition Care Services 3 NFS 6860 Controversial Issues in Dietetics 2
- International students
Students with a transcript from another country (including Canada) must obtain a course-by-course transcript evaluation from an independent agency that validates academic degrees. Students applying to an ACEND-accredited program must have a degree that is equivalent to a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. regionally-accredited college or university.
Only reports from agencies at the following link will be accepted when applying to the CPD at WSU: Foreign Degree Evaluation Agencies.
- Graduate and program completion requirements
Criteria for program completion are:
- Successful completion of all prerequisites (courses must have been completed within five years of application to the program based on time-sensitive course work).
- Completion of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree. For students receiving a baccalaureate outside the U.S., a course-by-course equivalency statement from an approved agency must be included with the application packet (see International Students above).
- Achievement of knowledge and performance competency requirements specified by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) at satisfactory or better.
- Attainment of at least the minimum in grade point average, coursework grades, supervised practice evaluation scores, and assignments. Complete criteria can be found in our CPD Handbook under Retention, Disciplinary Policies and Procedures.
- Successful completion of all CPD courses:
- It is the student's responsibility to be sure they have successfully completed all program and course requirements.
- It is the student's responsibility to ensure they are enrolled at WSU in the correct designation (undergraduate, post-bachelor, or graduate), and that they are satisfying all the WSU general education requirements (if applicable) and program courses during their time at WSU.
- The program must be completed within three years of the fall semester of the year of program entrance. If the time period is longer, the student will need to repeat program courses (and possibly specific prerequisite courses) at the discretion of the CPD faculty, based on their assessment of student learning.