The Dietetics emphasis, also known as the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), is approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). After you complete the DPD and the baccalaureate degree, you are awarded the DPD Verification.
If you intend to become a registered dietitian (RD), you must also complete a dietetic internship and pass the national registration examination for dietetics offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Appointments to dietetic internships are awarded on a competitive basis. Additional information on educational requirements, the RD credential and a listing of dietetic internships is available from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Dietetics emphasis for post-baccalaureate students
If you are a post-baccalaureate student seeking DPD Verification, your course requirements are identical to those of the Dietetics emphasis, except for the following:
- A 5-credit course of introductory psychology, sociology, or anthropology must also be completed.
FCS 1050 “Introduction to FCS” and FCS 3240 “Individual and Family Development”are not required.
If you are a post-baccalaureate student who’s seeking a second bachelor’s degree in addition to DPD Verification, you must complete the requirements listed above, as well as the following:
- At least 45 credits from SPU as a matriculated student.
- At least 15 upper-division credits in the major.
- Five credits in Christian Scriptures or Christian Theology
Your previous academic work, if completed within the last seven years, will be considered for meeting DPD requirements. A transcript review by the DPD director will determine the courses that you must complete to fulfill requirements.
If you are completing the requirements for a second baccalaureate degree, you may be eligible for federal student financial aid; non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.