Why Choose Dietetics at ISU
- Emphasis on experiential learning, providing nutrition education along with our 50+ community partners.
- ISU graduates hold over 1/3 of Idaho RD jobs with high employer satisfaction (91%)
- Small upper division class sizes average less than 25 students, allowing for one-on-one faculty/student mentoring.
- Faculty member, Dr. Cynthia Blanton, awarded prestigious Fulbright research award to conduct research on "Enhancing Blueberry's Health Effects with Probiotics" and serve as Visiting Research Chair in Nutrisciences and Health at the University of Prince Edward Island during fall 2014; one of only three nutrition research chairs awarded for 2014
- Opportunities for undergraduate dietetics students and dietetic interns to work with the SCORESM (Smart Cooking on the Run Every Day) Sports Nutrition Program for ISU student athletes
Overview of Dietetics
Since 1974, Idaho State University has offered a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. Idaho State University offers the only approved Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) in the state. Students in pre-dietetics programs at Boise State University, the College of Southern Idaho, and BYU-Idaho College who meet the requirements for the DPD program may apply to the Idaho State University program.
It is important for students to meet with a dietetics advisor before applying to ISU Dietetic Programs to insure proper transfer courses are taken. The DPD integrates practical experience in food service management, clinical nutrition, and community outreach with the traditional classroom curriculum. Most of the graduates of the DPD Program go on to complete a dietetic internship, and become eligible to take the National Registration Examination.
ISU offers a 2 semester Dietetic Internship program as a post-graduate supervised practice during two semesters. Admission into the DPD does not ensure acceptance into the ISU Dietetic Internship.