Mrs. Mary Catherine Schallert

Welcome to the website for The University of Memphis undergraduate program in Dietetics. Our mission is to graduate students with knowledge and skills to positively impact the nutritional health of the global community. We are particularly proud to be able to offer our students service-learning, research, study abroad and internship opportunities. This is an exciting time to choose a career in dietetics! We hope this site provides helpful information about our program and profession. It is always exciting to hear from students who are interested in a career in Nutrition - we are eager to answer all of your questions, so please don't hesitate to contact me.


Mary Catherine Schallert MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
Clinical Assistant Professor | Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Our curriculum provides foundation, knowledge and skills in the areas of communications, physical and biological sciences, social sciences, research, food, nutrition, management, and health care systems. Graduates of our program are competent in their ability to effectively communicate, apply scientific methods and the nutrition care process, and to use tools of professional management.

All program graduates who complete the program requirements with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 receive an ACEND- Verification Statement and are eligible to apply for a supervised practice program (dietetic internship); however, we recommend that students maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 in order to be competitive for placement in a dietetic internship program. Dietetic internship graduates are eligible to complete the national registration examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

All program graduates who receive an ACEND Verification Statement are eligible to take the Dietetic Technician Registration examination. Successful completion of this examination results in the NDTR (Nutrition and Dietetics Technician Registered) credential. Program graduates who choose not to apply for a dietetic internship appointment have varied career options. They select careers in extension services, business, health care, and education. Graduates are prepared to apply for graduate/professional post-baccalaureate programs.

The prospective intern must make entry into the D & D Digital Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Internship Matching and complete the online internship application process through DICAS . Check the D & D site for the exact deadline date. More information about the DICAS process and D & D digital matching may be obtained from your undergraduate didactic director.

Information about admission, tuition, housing, graduation, and the academic calendar can be found on the university website ( The UniversityStudent Accountability, Outreach and Support provides a Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. To find information on academic regulations, financial aid, and support services for students browse the university Undergraduate Catalog.

The dietetics concentration is accredited as a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) by the Accreditation Council for Education of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, 800-877-1600 ext. 5400. The University of Memphis Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program has been granted full accreditation by ACEND through 2023.


For Degree-Seeking Students

Dietetics program admission follows the University Admission Criteria and Application Process. Criteria and deadlines are available in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Applications are taken online.

When completing the application your major will be Health Studies with a concentration in Dietetics.  *See Undergraduate Catalog.

For Students with a Bachelor's Degree

The admission procedure is described below for students who have already completed a bachelor's degree and only need to complete Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework.

• Submit an official copy of all transcripts to Mary Catherine Schallert, Program Director, The University of Memphis, School of Health Studies, Memphis, TN 38152

• Students who completed their degree(s) outside of the United States and its territories must have their academic degree validated and a course-by-course evaluation completed. Refer to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website for a list of Independent Foreign Degree Evaluation Agencies. Contact the agency for current information and costs. Submit an official report to Mrs. Schallert that includes degree and course equivalency.

• Send an email to Mrs. Schallert requesting an Official DPD Evaluation. Include a list of all transcripts that she can expect, your mailing address, email address and phone number.

• Allow 2 - 4 weeks to receive the DPD Evaluation via email after the transcripts have been received. Summer requests may take longer.

• If you decide to complete The University of Memphis DPD Program, follow The University of Memphis Undergraduate Admission Procedures.

Scholarship and Financial Aid:

Information regarding standard financial aid can be found on the following University of Memphis website: Information regarding academic scholarships can be found on the following University of Memphis website: Students who are members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and/or the Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are eligible to apply for dietetics specific scholarships and financial aid. Information regarding application and deadlines for scholarships provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation can be found at the following address: Information regarding application and deadlines for scholarships awarded by the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics can be found at the following website:


To prepare graduates with knowledge and skills to positively impact the nutritional health of the global community.

Program Goal 1

The program will produce competitive graduates for entry-level dietetics positions across the U.S.

Objectives for Goal:

• 80% of graduates will receive at least a successful performance evaluation in their clinical nutrition internship course.

• 80% of graduating seniors will report 'satisfaction' with the DPD program.

• Over a five-year period, at least 80% of those applying to supervised practice programs the academic year they complete the program will be accepted.

• Over a five-year period, the pass rate for alumni taking the registration examination will be at least 80% within one year of their first attempt.

Program Goal 2

The program will encourage, motivate, and support students to participate in experiences that promote lifelong learning and achieve professional goals.

Objectives for Goal:

• At least 50% of students will participate in nutrition/food/health related volunteer activities.

• At least 50% of students will attend a minimum of one local, state, or national dietetic association meeting.

• At least 30% of students will be employed in nutrition/food/health-related jobs.

• At least 30% of students will hold leadership positions with campus and/or community organizations.

• At least 50% of alumni will report involvement in local, state, or national dietetic associations.

Specific program outcome data is available upon request, however, we are proud to say that we currently exceed all objective benchmarks for both Goal 1 and Goal 2.


The links provided below will provide additional information on the Dietetics degree as well as the program curriculum

Dietetics Degree Sheet (subject to change)

Dietetics Fact Sheet

Course Prerequisites

The DPD Program Course Work

Students are encouraged to maintain at least a 3.25 GPA to be competitive for a dietetic internship appointment.

In addition to tuition, book, and laboratory fees, students enrolled in NUTR 4605: Internship in Nutrition are required to complete a background check through PreCheck at the approximate cost of $50: These students must also be up-to-date on immunizations, have a negative result on a TB skin test, have completed a basic physical exam, and carry their own student liability insurance policy (Approximately $30 through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) prior to entering their assigned facility for clinical observation. Students will also participate in a 6-week intensive hands-on culinary medicine training program as a part of their capstone experience. This program costs approximately $100 per student, and each student will be responsible for covering this fee. For a complete listing policies and procedures- please view the student handbook. Additional costs are involved with the Food science courses, but are clearly outlined in the syllabi of the respective courses.

Internship and Employment of SHS Alumni 

Study Abroad

Each year, faculty members within the School of Health Studies lead students on a study abroad expedition. Most recent experiences have taken students to Cape Town, South Africa, and Florence, Italy. Other destinations include Switzerland, Belize, Costa Rica, and China. Students receive course credit and greatly benefit from the overall experience. For more information pertaining to the upcoming trip, please contact Mary Catherine Schallert.

Student Academy of Nutrition and dietetics (SAND)

Students and elected officers in the Dietetics program have been meeting formally and informally since the organization began in the early 90s as the SDA (Student Dietetic Association). SAND (Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) has and continues to provide an array of services and opportunities for students embodying the organization such as: volunteer work, networking (among students and professional RDNs), distribution of information regarding the dietetic internship process, and marketing the career to the student body and community as a whole. Please visit the SAND website to learn more!

Dietetics Student Handbook

For comprehensive information regarding the University of Memphis Didactic Program in Dietetics, including policies and procedures as they relate to students enrolled in the program, please read the Dietetics Student Handbook.

For Additional Information, Application, Scholarship Information.