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K-State Global Campus
1615 Anderson Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502

1-800-622-2578 (toll free)

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST

Janice Nikkel
Program Coordinator

Karla Girard
Dietetics Distance Program Coordinator

Pathway to Becoming an RD

For students pursuing the online dietetics degree, the major steps to becoming an RD are as follows:

  1. Be admitted into the online dietetics bachelor’s degree program. Before being formally admitted to the online dietetics bachelor’s degree, you must complete the following:
    • 30 credits of college coursework in the following science classes with a grade of B or higher
      • Principles of Biology
      • Chemistry I
      • Chemistry II
      • 8 credit hours of Anatomy and Physiology
    • A minimum of 30 credit hours
    • A lifetime GPA of 3.0 or better on all college course work
  1. Once your dietetics degree is underway, you must then be admitted into the didactic program in dietetics. Refer to the didactic program student handbook (PDF) for specific details and the criteria for completing. The Dietetics degree program requirements (PDF) are:
    • 120 credit hours (60 credit hours, can come from a two-year institution)
    • B or better grade in all science and professional classes. Additional classes required for degree include:
      • Food Systems: Safety and Health in Dietetics OR Microbiology
      • Organic Chemistry
      • Biochemistry
      • Dietetic related courses
      • C or better grade in general education requirements
  1. Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and a Verification Statement confirming completion of the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics.
  2. Apply and be accepted into an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.
  3. Pass the national Registration Examination for Dietitians.

If you have already completed a master's degree or are currently pursuing a master's and would like information about the option of pursuing a didactic program in dietetics verification statement without completing the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, please email dtonline@k-state.edu.

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