The Didactic Program (DP) Cohort is designed to begin in the fall semester of the junior year of the curriculum plan. A separate application is required to be considered for the Didactic Program (DP) Cohort. Admission is very competitive and is based on two criteria: 1) satisfactory completion of all pre-requisite courses by the end of the spring semester prior to the start of the cohort 2) grade point average of courses completed at East Carolina University. Applicants who do not meet the criteria are not to be considered for admission. The application is available on the department website.
The deadline for application submission is February 1. The Departmental Administrative Assistant compiles documents identifying the grade point averages and course completion status of applicants. Ancillary support is provided by nutrition faculty as needed. The DP Cohort annually admits approximately twenty-six students. Applicants with the highest cumulative grade point averages for courses taken at ECU at the time of application are used to determine acceptance into the DP Cohort. An alternate list of applicants will be made in case admission adjustments need to be made. The Didactic Program Director and Nutrition Advisor review and rank applicants and obtain confirmation of selection results with the Department Chairperson. Applicants are notified by April 1 regarding their admission status by the Didactic Program Director and have one week to confirm their acceptance. Initial acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of all pre-requisite course requirements. The Nutrition Advisor or Didactic Program Director will review the status of applicants at the close of spring semester. Should there be a change in admission status, the notification of admission and denial will be generated by the Didactic Program Director by the end of May. The ranked alternate list is used, if necessary, to meet annual enrollment goals.
Students will be informed of the admission procedure in NUTR 1300 Orientation to the Dietetics Profession course. The admission procedure will be reviewed during NUTR 2400 Nutrition Assessment course. Information will also be provided during orientation, advising sessions, in the Didactic Program Student Handbook, and on the department website.
November 7, 2013