The DPD begins with approximately four semesters of pre-professional
study, which include University general education requirements and specific
Program requirement. Students may then apply for acceptance into the
professional sequence, the final two years of study. Professional Sequence
coursework includes courses in clinical and community nutrition and foodservice
management as well as teaching and research methods in dietetics.
Through the DPD, the student meets all Foundation Knowledge and Skills
established by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for progression to a Dietetic
Internship. Successful completion of Program major requirements and University
requirements for graduation will qualify students to receive a Verification
Statement. The Verification Statement is required for entrance into a Dietetic
During the student's final semester, application is made for a Dietetic
Internship (typically 9-12 months in length; located throughout the US),
completion of which is required to qualify for the national examination for
registered dietitian status.