Nutrition and Dietetics

Dietetics offers a wide variety of jobs in hospitals, health promotion programs, nursing homes, public health agencies, industries, schools, universities, the armed services, and state, national and international organizations. A registered dietitian nutritionist must have a good background in the basic and behavioral sciences to apply the science of nutrition for the promotion of health and the prevention of disease.

Through the program in dietetics, students develop an understanding and competency in food, nutrition, nutrition counseling,  and management. South Dakota State University's dietetics program has been continuously approved/ accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is the first step in becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Upon completion of the Bachelors of Science in Dietetics, students receive a verification statement from the program director and are eligible to apply for the supervised practice experience (dietetic internship)Students must apply to accredited dietetic internships. The internships are post-graduation, require additional fees, and are competitive. Information about dietetic internships can be accessed from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at Upon completion of the accredited dietetic internship, the applicant is eligible to take the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetics Registration to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Students enrolled in the Didactic Program in Dietetics are assessed a discipline fee and e also required to have current immunizations and must complete a criminal background check.

How do I become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist if I already have a degree in another major or from another institution?

You must complete the BS in Dietetics and dietetic internship as explained above. The first step is to have your transcript evaluated for equivalency and then enroll into the BS in Dietetics.

For more information contact:

Kendra Kattelmann, PhD, RDN, LN
Phone: 605-688-4045