Didactic Program in Dietetics

Nutrition is an integrative science that draws from physiology, biology, chemistry, behavior sciences and other disciplines to understand food, behavior and health. In addition to preparing students to become registered dietitians/nutritionists (RDN), nutrition science is a great pre-professional major for careers in medicine and the allied health sciences. Two tracks within the Bachelor of Science degree are offered: the didactic program in dietetics (DP) and the nutrition with science (NS) track. Both tracks are primarily on-campus, face-to-face programs that provide many opportunities for students throughout their course of study.

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DP)

The mission of the DP program is to prepare graduates to become competent leaders in successful careers in a multicultural society making a positive impact on health as RDNs. These professionals translate the science of nutrition into education and life style practices that can enhance growth, improve health and reduce chronic disease risks. The DP track is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.) which is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE). If you would like to learn more about our program goals and outcomes they will be made available upon request by the Program Director.

The DP track requires 120 semester hours and is the correct choice for students who intend to become an RDN. Admission and retention for the DP track requires a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA). Didactic Program admission is very competitive and requires completion of all prerequisite courses and a Didactic Program cohort admission application (pdf) submitted in February of the previous year. The number of students admitted to the DP track will be limited to 26 each academic year.

Graduates of the DP program are required to complete a supervised practice or dietetic internship before they are eligible to take the RDN Exam and become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Completion of a DP program does not guarantee admission into a supervised practice or dietetic internship. Admission is extremely competitive due to the limited number of available positions.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently granted full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 312/899-5400, www.eatrightpro.org/acend