University of Wisconsin Stout | Wisconsin's Polytechnic University
Inspired student-centered learning in the classroom and in the real world.
Inspired student-centered learning in the classroom and in the real world.
Congratulations! By visiting our webpage, you are taking positive steps toward a brighter future. Many students like you have wondered how the program can help them create the career they’ve always wanted. We’ve compiled some of our most Frequently Asked Questions so you can find out a little more about our program, to see if it’s right for you.
The Dietetics program is currently granted accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Ill, 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600. Completion of the Didactic Program in dietetics and the baccalaureate degree meet minimum academic requirements for ADA membership, registration eligibility, and application to a dietetic internship. In order to be eligible to take the registration exam, students must complete an internship after graduation.
There is student work-study and state payroll money available, and the work can be either related or non-related to the program.
Students can also find jobs in the area related to assisted living, hospitals, nursing homes and community nutrition (WIC, Office of Aging and the like).
If you choose to take a minimum of 16 to 18-credit load each semester, you would finish in four years. Meeting with your advisor each semester is crucial to developing and ensuring course sequencing.
Probably not, because we recommend you study abroad early in your career. This allows you to take general or humanities courses while studying abroad. It is important to know early in your college career if you will be studying abroad.
Physical And Biological Sciences
Health Care Systems
Business: food manufacturing, advertising, and marketing, entrepreneurs, and own their own companies.
Clinical: outpatient or patient in hospitals, sports teams, nursing homes, clinics, health maintenance organizations, doctors' offices, other health care facilities.
Community: international organizations, federal, state, local governments, food business, and trade associations, volunteer organizations (UN and Peace Corps), USDA. FDA, WIC
Consultant: Self-employed in own private practice under contract to one or more health facilities, industry or businesses.
Education: universities, four-year colleges, community colleges, technical schools, dietetic internships, and extension and industry (Dairy Council).
Management: hospitals, nursing homes, retirement residences, company cafeterias, correctional facilities, elementary and secondary schools, food factories, colleges and universities, transportation companies, restaurants, the military and recreational facilities.
Research: government agencies, food and pharmaceutical companies, academic medical centers, educational institutions
(This list is not all-inclusive of every opportunity)
A 320-hour field experience is required during one summer or obtained during the school year. This field experience is designed to help you obtain work experience in the field and better prepare you for an internship. Other universities do not have this experience, which gives a UW-Stout graduate a definite advantage in securing their first full-time position and in obtaining an internship.
You will be responsible for travel and any additional costs to obtain or secure the field experience as well as purchasing a lab coat as needed. Liability insurance may be required. Check with the site you have been approved to attend. An agreement (affiliation) may need to be established between UW-Stout and the field experience site. Contact the program director early enough to allow time to establish such an agreement.
The College of Human Development has a nationally recognized program of study with an outstanding placement rate into internships of more than 95 percent.
Three years of math, chemistry and biology would be very helpful in completion of the program.
The mission of the DPD program is to provide students with contemporary knowledge and practice skills in order to prepare them for careers in food, the science of food, nutrition, health and related industry as well as for the pursuit of lifelong learning. Learning experiences are situated in a curricula that combines theory and practical application while infusing the use of technology. This combination reflects UW-Stout’s “comprehensive, career focused environment where all can use applied learning, scientific theory and research to solve real world problems."
Goals of the Didactic program in Dietetics are to:
Learning outcomes for students in the Didactic Program in Dietetics are:
It is best to meet with your advisor to determine where transfer credits will fit. Courses that are similar in content and credits are generally easy to transfer.
Course prerequisite waivers will be discussed with students based on their knowledge level and will be determined by the program director and course instructor who is teaching that particular course. This will ensure that students are prepared to enter the course and can be assured they have enough prior learning to succeed. In order for a student to progress to future coursework and graduation, a prerequisite may need to be waived. Policies regarding course work completed at another institution and transferred to UW-Stout can be found at:
You will need to go through the change-of-major process with the Advisement Center, Room 11, Bowman Hall.
Whether you have previously attended Stout and are seeking to get back in, or have previously attended Stout, then earned some credit elsewhere and are seeking to bring those back in with you, you'll need to re-apply using the UW System Application for Admission online.
Detailed information on the process is available on the Admissions website
A 2.75 grade point average is required to graduate.
Yes. You must earn a "B" or better in FN-212 Nutrition, and grades in FN-212, CHEM-115, CHEM-125, or CHEM135 and BIO-234 Physiology and Anatomy must equal 2.5 overall. Go here for details.
Yes. The Stout Student Dietetic Association (SSDA) is recognized by the American Dietetic Association and the Wisconsin Dietetic Association. The club also works with Chippewa Valley Dietitians with projects in the area of nutrition education. The club also holds social events, community volunteer activities, and sponsors the Optimal Health Fair serving hundreds of community members each year. For more information, visit their website.
D&D Digital is the site for computer-matching information when applying to various internships. Students will rank the internships based on first choice, second choice and so on. You'll receive more information the required FN-408 Preprofessional Development course, usually taken in the fall of your senior/last year.
Program graduates who maintain a “C” or better in all FN courses and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 at graduation, will receive a statement from the program director that verifies that compliance with all the Foundation Knowledge and Skills requirements of the American Dietetic Association. Verification statements are mailed out to students once the registrar's office verifies degree completion. Verification statements are needed to enter CADE-accredited Dietetic internships and will be provided to all students, regardless of acceptance to an internship, who meet qualifications.
Karen Ostenso, M.S., R.D., C.D.
Dietetics Program Director
234 Home Economics Building
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790