How to Declare/ Apply

Dietetics Admission Requirements


Students must satisfy the admission policies for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and have completed the following requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00*
  • A minimum mean GPA of 3.00 in the following required courses**:
Courses Credits
Chem 103 and 104, or 109 9
Zoo 101 and 102, or 151 5
Nutritional Science 332 3
Physiology 335 5
Psych 202 OR Micro 101 OR Statistics OR Gen Bus 300 2-4
Total Credits 27-29

*Cumulative GPA will be based on UW-Madison courses only. Students must have completed 1 semester at UW-Madison before applying.

**Pre-requisite GPA will be based on UW-Madison courses only.

NOTE: Admission to the DPD is competitive, as enrollment is limited by accreditation standards; therefore, students meeting the minimum criteria are not guaranteed admission.

Students may utilize the GPA calculator to determine their progress in these requirements.

Declaring Pre-Dietetics


Students interested in declaring Pre-Dietetics (PDI):

Students interested in declaring a major in Nutritional Sciences (Pre-Dietetics or Nutritional Science) should begin by viewing Intro to Dietetics Presentation. Students also must fill out a Pre-Advising Questionnaire and upload the completed form to Learn@UW. Declaring your new major requires different steps depending on which college you are currently enrolled:

Students NOT currently in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS)
  1. Sign into Learn@UW
  2. Click on the “DESIRE 2 LEARN” on the right had side and choose “SELF REGISTRATION” from the drop down options.
  3. Enroll in “Dietetics Handbook” course and follow the prompts until you are registered for the course.
  4. Select “Dietetics Handbook” > “Introduction to Dietetics” and read the Handbook and watch the Presentation
  5. Select “Pre-Advising Questionnaire” and download the “outside-CALS” version.
  6. Upload the completed form to the course dropbox.
  7. Bring completed Transfer Form, included in the “outside-CALS” packet, to Erika Anna, Rm 238A Nutritional Sciences (or leave in his mailbox). He will obtain advisor signatures and return the form to you.
  8. Attend a CALS Transfer Session
    • Sessions are held every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 3:30 pm during the Fall and Spring semesters in Agriculture Hall, Rm 116. Students should arrive 5 minutes early to check-in.  Reserve a seat ahead of time by calling (608) 262-3003 or visiting the CALS website.
    • Students should expect to declare their major at this session. They should also come prepared with the name of their faculty advisor as it will be requested.
  9. Bring your completed Transfer Form, included in the “outside-CALS” packet
  10. CALS will notify the Student Services Coordinator of your transfer and you will be contacted with your faculty advisor information.
Students currently enrolled in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  1. Sign into Learn@UW
  2. Click on the “DESIRE 2 LEARN” on the right had side and choose “SELF REGISTRATION” from the drop down options.
  3. Enroll in “Dietetics Handbook” course and follow the prompts until you are registered for the course.
  4. Select “Dietetics Handbook” > “Introduction to Dietetics” and read the Handbook and watch the Presentation
  5. Select “Pre-Advising Questionnaire” and download the “within-CALS” version.
  6. Upload the completed form to the course dropbox.
  7. Email Erika Anna, at anna@wisc.edu and let her know that you have uploaded your form at that time you will be notified of your academic adviser to may set up a time for an advising session.

Contact Erika Anna, Student Services Coordinator, with any questions.

  • Phone: (608) 262-1692
  • Email: anna@wisc.edu
  • Office: Nutritional Sciences, Rm 238A

 

Applying for Dietetics


Upon completion of all admission requirements, students must submit the following:

  • Completed DPD Application
  • Unofficial copy of UW-Madison transcript
  • Evaluation of transfer credits and official copies of transcripts from all transfer institutions (if applicable)

Provide the above in one packet to your advisor by June 5th for fall admission and January 5th for Spring admission.

 

Further Information for


Prospective Freshmen
High school students interested in a career in Dietetics should pursue a well-rounded and rigorous program with emphasis on science, mathematics, social studies, foreign languages and communication skills (oral and written). Chemistry, biology, and advanced biology are strongly recommended. Admission to the university is competitive and selective. There are minimum course requirements for application; however, most students admitted have completed a significantly larger number of courses in all areas.Freshmen are admitted with the “Pre-Dietetics” (PDI) classification. For information on admission to UW-Madison see the Office of Admissions Home Page for Freshmen.Before requesting to meet with an advisor, all students should view the Introduction to Dietetics Presentation. It is recommended that students print a copy of the Introduction to Dietetics Handbook to refer to while viewing the presentation.
Prospective Transfers
A prospective transfer student who is not currently enrolled at UW-Madison may be admitted as a Pre-Dietetics (PDI) student. Students who wish to enter UW-Madison with the PDI classification must apply to the University by February 1 for summer and fall sessions and October 1 for spring admission. This classification does not guarantee acceptance to the Dietetics Program. For information on admission as a transfer student to UW-Madison see the following resources:

  • Includes Minimum Requirements for Application.
  • Requirements & Expectations
  • Application Process & Dates
  • Transfer Credit Information
    Transfer Agreements

Course Equivalencies
Depending on the school(s) you have attended, equivalencies for your courses may be listed in one of our online transfer equivalency databases. Students transferring from another UW System school or a Wisconsin Technical College can find freshman- and sophomore-level course equivalencies on the Transfer Information System (TIS). Students attending an out-of-state school should check our Transfer Equivalency Database (TED) for courses frequently transferred. TED will continue to be updated with more courses and colleges as current offerings are evaluated. You may also talk to your advisor at your CURRENT school about how courses may transfer.

Academic Advising
Before requesting to meet with an advisor, all students should view the Introduction to Dietetics Presentation. It is recommended that students print a copy of the Introduction to Dietetics Handbook to refer to while viewing the presentation.Before speaking to an advisor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, you need to obtain an “Evaluation of Transfer Credits” from UW-Madison Admissions Office. The Department of Nutritional Sciences and their advisors do not have the authority to evaluate your transcript and determine course equivalency. This can only be completed by the admissions office upon receipt of your application to UW-Madison. Once you are admitted to UW-Madison as a PDI student, you will be assigned an academic advisor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences who can help you plan your schedule of classes and determine when you are eligible to apply for admission to the B.S. Degree in Dietetics program (ADI classification). Note: Admission to the DPD is competitive, as enrollment is limited by accreditation standards; therefore, students meeting the minimum criteria are not guaranteed admission.

Current UW-Madison Students
Students currently enrolled at UW-Madison may transfer into the dietetics program as a Pre-Dietetics student (PDI classification) if they have not yet completed the requirements for Dietetics. Please see our Admission Requirements (above)to learn what they are. To declare Pre-Dietetics, follow the steps listed under our Declaring Pre-Dietetics section. When you are prepared to apply for Dietetics, please review Applying for Dietetics and submit all the required materials.For further information about admission to CALS, you may call (877) 919-CALS or (608) 262-3003. You may also send an email to undergrads@cals.wisc.edu or write to:Prospective Students Services
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
116 Agricultural Hall
1450 Linden Dr., Madison, WI 53706
Academic Advising
Before requesting to meet with an advisor, all students should view the Introduction to Dietetics Presentation. It is recommended that students print a copy of the Introduction to Dietetics Handbook to refer to while viewing the presentation.Students are matched with a faculty advisor once they have been admitted into the Nutritional Sciences or Pre-Dietetics program.Admission to “Pre-Dietetics” (PDI classification) does not guarantee admission to the B.S. Dietetics degree program (ADI classification), which has additional admission requirements. See our Admission Requirements for more details.
Second Degree Candidates
Students who have already completed a 4 year college degree (Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts) from UW-Madison or other accredited institutions may, if eligible, pursue the Dietetics program. HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates should apply as a Transfer Student through UW-Madison Admission‘s Page. When you begin the application process, follow the steps by selecting the information as it relates to you. Under “Post-Secondary Education”, select either Undergraduate degree or Graduate degree, as it relates to your previous education. For the section “Reason for Applying” select 2nd Undergraduate Degree. DO NOT SELECT NONDEGREE/SPECIAL STUDENT. Continue. On the page to select UW-Madison Undergraduate Programs, choose “sort by School/College” and select the BS-Dietetics [CALS] *Field of Study option. Continue through the application process.The requirements to become a Registered Dietitian involve 3 steps:

    1. Bachelor’s degree with “specified coursework” required by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    2. Completion of an accredited Dietetic Internship
    3. Successful score on the Registration Examination for Dietitians

Further information on this career choice may be found at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

Students who have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree would need to complete the “specified coursework.” (i.e. UW-Madison’s Didactic Program in Dietetics – DPD).  Once you have completed this “specified coursework” (i.e. DPD), you may apply for Dietetic Internships. (Of note is the fact that national placement rates for students into these programs is currently around 50%. See Internships on the ADA’s website for more information.

Although it is not necessary to actually complete a “2nd degree”, students must apply as a 2nd degree candidate (rather than as a “special student”) to receive registration priority and be eligible for future admission into the Didactic Program in Dietetics (ADI classification).

All students begin the program as “Pre-Dietetics” students (PDI classification). Admission to “Pre-Dietetics” does not guarantee admission to the B.S. Dietetics degree program, which has additional admission requirements. See our Admission Requirements (above) for more details.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to be admitted as a 2nd Degree Candidate in the Department of Nutritional Sciences with the PDI Classification, you must have:

  1. A minimum cumulative college GPA of > 3.000, and
  2. Completed the equivalent of UW-Madison’s Chemistry 103 with a grade of B or better. (Chemistry 103 can be completed as a “special student” at UW-Madison.)

See the UW-Madison Admissions Page for information about how to apply and an application.

Course Equivalencies

Depending on the school(s) you have attended, equivalencies for your courses may be listed in one of our online transfer equivalency databases. Students transferring from another UW System school or a Wisconsin Technical College can find freshman- and sophomore-level course equivalencies on the Transfer Information System (TIS). Students attending an out-of-state school should check our Transfer Equivalency Database (TED) for courses frequently transferred. TED will continue to be updated with more courses and colleges as current offerings are evaluated.

Academic Advising

Before requesting to meet with an advisor, all students should view the Introduction to Dietetics Presentation. It is recommended that students print a copy of the Introduction to Dietetics Handbook to refer to while viewing the presentation.

Before speaking to an advisor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, you need to obtain an “Evaluation of Transfer Credits” from UW-Madison Admissions Office. The Department of Nutritional Sciences and their advisors do not have the authority to evaluate your transcript and determine course equivalency. This can only be completed by the admissions office upon receipt of your application to UW-Madison. Once you are admitted to UW-Madison as a PDI student, you will be assigned an academic advisor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences who can help you plan your schedule of classes and determine when you are eligible to apply for admission to the B.S. Degree in Dietetics program (ADI classification). Note: all students meeting the minimum admission requirements are admitted. See our Admission Requirements for more details.

Length of Time to Complete Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

The amount of time it takes students with a degree to complete the DPD varies widely. It can only be determined after you have submitted an application for admission to UW-Madison and receive your “Evaluation of Transfer Credits”.

Past experience has shown, however, that it takes a minimum of 3 years to complete the DPD if you do not have a strong science background; it could take longer. If you have a strong science background (2 semesters of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, zoology, bacteriology, physiology, etc.), you may be able to complete it in 2-3 years. This is just an estimate and is completely dependent upon how your courses transfer.

Your academic advisor can help you determine this once you are admitted to UW-Madison and have an “Evaluation of Transfer Credits” from UW-Madison Office of Admissions. Your advisor can also determine when you will be ready to apply for admission to the DPD (ADI Classification).