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Overview, DPD

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The SDSU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is designed to allow students pursuing the BS in Foods & Nutrition or the MS in Nutritional Sciences to complete the additional requirements needed to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

The program strives to produce graduates who are going to be competitive in the dietetic internship application process, be successful in completion of a dietetic internship program, will pass the RDN registration exam, and be a dietitian who makes valuable contributions to the profession.

Joan Rupp

Joan Rupp, Program Director

Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

In order to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) a student must complete the following steps.

  1. Complete a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution.
  2. Complete the additional DPD required courses. The DPD curriculum at SDSU requires a student to complete these courses to be verified by the DPD Director before he or she can enroll in a dietetic internship.
  3. Apply for, be accepted into, and complete an accredited dietetic internship.  Typically, an internship program will run six to twelve months in length.
  4. Complete and pass the registration (RDN) examination.

Video

See our very own Student Nutrition Organization members introduce the Foods & Nutrition and DPD Programs!


Accreditation

ACEND logoThe San Diego State University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics was set up independently of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to develop, implement and enforce standards for both undergraduate programs and for dietetic internships.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190.
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Phone: (312) 899-0040 X5400
Fax: (312) 899-4772
E-mail: acend@eatright.org
Website: http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=6442485414

 

Program assessment data available upon request.