The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in food and nutrition with a coordinated program in dietetics option.
This degree program offers students traditional laboratory and classroom learning—plus supervised practice experiences that provide the hands-on experience needed for successful careers.
The program includes coursework in biology, chemistry, food and nutrition, and management. Also required are 1,200 clock hours of pre-professional experiences in a combination of clinical settings including hospitals, nursing homes, community agencies, and food service facilities. Graduates are eligible to take the national examination to earn registered dietitian credentials.
Students can declare the Dietetics major at any time; however there is a separate application for admission into the Coordinated Program in Dietetics after all prerequisite courses have been completed. The program can only admit sixteen students per cohort, which typically includes eight undergraduate and eight graduate students. The application process is competitive and includes submission of transcripts, personal statement, critical thinking essay questions, and letters of recommendation. The average GPA for admission into the program is a 3.6.
A number of activities and organizations enable students to interact with other students and professionals in the industry, including state professional organization meetings and professional advocacy events, which provides mentoring opportunities and career guidance
Job placement rates, as well as opportunities for rapid advancement, are excellent for dietitians.
Dietetic graduates are eligible to take the national examination to earn registered dietitian (RD) credentials, and are qualified for entry-level dietetics positions in acute care facilities, long-term care facilities, community agencies, food service administration, school food service, college/university food service, military food service, consulting private practice, and a wide variety of other settings.
In addition, the program is preparation for graduate school.
In addition, the Coordinated Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of Applied Health Sciences offers a variety of scholarships and awards. Scholarships are also offered by local, state, and national dietetics associations.
The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.