Dietetics FAQs

VSU offers a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics.

Yes, you may be conditionally accepted into the DPD track with at least 2.85 GPA; but must have a GPA of at least 3.0 to be accepted unconditionally into the upper division of DPD. Additionally, it is necessary that you maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above to continue in the program. A GPA of ≥3.25 is recommended for applications into the Dietetic Internships, a necessary requirement upon completing a DPD to become a registered dietitian.

According to an American Dietetic Association (ADA) survey in 2009, half of all RDs in the United States who have been working in the field full-time for five years or less earn between $51,100 and $62,200 per year. According to the May 2012 Labor Statistics, there were 58,240 RD throughout the U.S. The average salary was $56,170 or $27/hour. August, 2018 surveys show: It is important to consider various factors determining salary such as geographic location, practice area, level of education, benefits package, and years in practice.

RDs work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, institutions, school systems, outpatient clinics, corporate wellness, and more. Within these settings, RDs have the opportunity to work in various fields, including clinical, community, food service and systems management, sports nutrition, and more. For more detailed descriptions of career possibilities, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website at

There are career opportunities for students who earn their bachelor’s degree but do not complete the RD requirements. These students are eligible to take the registration examination to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR). According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, DTRs work in settings such as hospitals and clinics, extended-care facilities, home health-care programs, schools, correctional 34 facilities, restaurants, food companies, food service providers, public health agencies, government and community programs, health clubs, weight management clinics, and wellness centers. For more information on employment opportunities for DTRs, please visit: