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Dietetics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Harrisonburg, VA, United States
In the James Madison University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), students use creativity in learning from classroom experiences, case studies, computer applications, and problem-solving and decision-making projects.

Overview

Students will gain research experience in their senior year. Students also obtain real-life experiences by completing a hospital-based practicum covering all aspects of dietetics practice.

The four year program in Dietetics at James Madison University includes courses in many areas to prepare you for your career in dietetics. You will complete the general education program designed to provide a firm liberal studies base for your continued education, and courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics along with your foods and nutrition courses.

The DPD program follows the standard James Madison University academic calendar with one course required during the summer between the junior and senior years to be completed in a distance education format from the student's hometown.

Cost to students, in addition to university tuition, include laboratory fees, laboratory coats, textbooks, and laboratory manuals, not expected to exceed $3000 for the entire program.

Mission

We are a program dedicated to providing quality education preparing students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing examination to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, while inspiring students to become engaged nutrition professionals.

The goals of the DPD at James Madison University are:

  • The program will prepare graduates for supervised practice to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in clinical, community, and foodservice areas.
  • The program will promote professional values in graduates.
  • The program will produce graduates capable of graduate work and in interpreting and applying research to dietetics practice.
  • The program will prepare graduates to work collaboratively and interprofessionally.

Accreditation

The JMU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Physiology 
  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemistry Laboratories
  • Medical Terminology 
  • Elementary Statistics 
  • Basic Food Preparation Skills 
  • Nutrition for Wellness 
  • U.S. Government 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    81

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Academic requirements

  • If you are applying to join the University directly, you must have at least a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 to join James Madison University.
  • Undergraduate applicants who intend to major in theater, dance, music or studio art must also submit a portfolio and/or arrange an audition.

English language level

  • You can join your university degree program of choice directly if you already meet the university’s entry requirements of IELTS 6.5/TOEFL 81.

In addition to the Application for Admissions, an applicant must submit:

  • Official High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Schedule

Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    23650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23650 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7250 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Harrisonburg

  • 1050 - 1720 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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