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Dr. Jeannette Davidson
Department Chair

The Degree 

Bradley’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Dietetics.

Program Description and Accreditation

Students in the Dietetics major complete a four-year undergraduate degree program that provides academic preparation towards becoming a registered dietitian.

Dietetics majors are enrolled in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The major carries accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), and is housed in the department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

What makes Bradley’s DPD program unique?

  • Nearly twice the national acceptance rate of our graduates into dietetics internships
  • Small class sizes and strong faculty mentoring
  • Unique experiential learning opportunities to
  • practice as nutrition counselors in our fully equipped counseling center with observation room, the ability to videotape their performance and playback screens
  • gain real-world experience through Bodyworks, our nutrition clinic on campus, where Dietetics seniors provide nutrition and physical assessments and counseling to students, faculty and staff, under the mentorship of a registered dietitian; topics include weight management, referrals from the health center, gluten-free diet and body building
  • receive training in motivational interviewing during nutrition counseling
  • practice a nutrition assessment techniques in our state-of-the-art nutrition lab, including diet, anthropometric and metabolic rate assessments, testing for anemia, lipid profiles, bone testing, diabetic monitoring and assessing ketosis
  • experience collaborative research opportunities with faculty mentors, present findings at Bradley University Student Scholarship Exposition and publish their findings
  • participate in multicultural, low-economic outreach to local schools through education, counseling and school gardens

DPD Admission and Retention Requirements

Bradley’s general admission requirements for freshmen apply but course work in biology and chemistry is highly recommended.

All transfer students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a science GPA of 2.75 or higher. Students interested in the DPD program will be interviewed and admitted based upon determination of students’ academic potential, self-motivation, commitment and ability to succeed in the program and profession. Students who are admitted but fail to maintain academic or professional standards will be counseled into more appropriate career paths.


The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences will choose two freshmen for the “Mildred Arnold Scholar” and the “C.C. Wheeler Scholar.” These $4,000 scholarships are renewed annually for up to four years providing the student maintains a minimum 3.00 GPA and completes the scholarship requirements. Other departmental scholarships also are available annually for continuing majors.

Opportunities at Bradley University

Outside the classroom, Bradley Dietetics majors participate in many cocurricular and cooperative learning experiences including:

  • Off-site study in Europe, Chicago and New York
  • Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society
  • Bradley Student Dietetic Association