Didatic Program in Dietetics
The mission for the Didactic Program in Dietetics at North Dakota State University is to enable students to be accepted into an approved dietetic internship or graduate program to become a Registered Dietitian and to pursue a career in a food, nutrition or related field.
Didactic Program in Dietetics
The DPD is a four year academic program which meets all of the requirements for the graduate to apply elsewhere for the supervised practice experience (internship) following graduation. Internships vary in length from 8 to 12 months. Students are eligible to take the national registry exam after successful completion of a dietetic internship (DI). Application deadline for the DPD is February 1st of the sophomore year. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) to be considered for the professional program. Once accepted, an overall GPA of 3.0 must be maintained with a C or higher in all professional (HNES) classes to remain in the program. Maintaining a high grade point average (GPA) and work experience in a hospital, long-term care food service, or some other type of nutrition related experience will enhance a student's chance to receive a DI. Students choosing this program (DPD) are given department faculty assistance in applying for the DI's
The DPD has more flexibility in scheduling and allows more time for extracurricular activities in comparison to the CPD. The DPD also allows for more elective coursework or a double major or minors.
A complete listing of accredited supervised practice programs (internships) may be found at http://www.eatright.org
Program Measurable Outcomes
- Seventy-five percent or more (>75%) of program juniors will complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics.
- Seventy-fire percent or more (75%) of Didactic Students who apply for internships will receive a match over a 5-year period of time.
- A program review will be completed annually by graduating seniors at the Group Decision Center (GDC) at NDSU. Regarding the area of curriculum concerns: All curriculum concerns will have a standard deviation of more than 1.5 [SD>1.5].
- NDSU Graduates and their employers will be sent a one-year and five-year survey to help evaluate the effectiveness of the DPD Program.
- Most graduates (>90%) will rate their work performance, compared to other dietitians who have graduated from other programs, as "about the same" or "above average".
- A mean rating of work performance by the graduates' employers, comparing the graduates' work performance to other dietitians who have graduated from other programs, will be "about the same" or "above average".
- Graduates achieve a pass rate of eighty percent (80%) or above for first-time attempts on the Registration Examination for Dietitians over a 5-year period.
- Within 12 months of completing the program, at least seventy-five percent (75%) of graduates will have obtained employment related to their major, been accepted into a Didactic Internship Program, or been accepted into a graduate program. Data will be collected from the Dietetics Graduate Survey or the Career Service Placement Survey and the College of Human Development and Education (HD&E) Placement Survey.
- Participation in professional activities is fostered as evidenced by the GDC survey results of graduating seniors:
- At least seventy-five percent (75%) of dietetic students are members of the Student Dietetic Association (SDA) and have attended at least 4 meetings or events.
- At least fifty percent (50%) of graduating seniors have attended a dietetics professional local meeting, or a state or national conference.
- Development and implementation of nutrition programs in the community is evidenced by students spending a minimum of 25 hours (log) at a community site with 90% of the students receiving a rating of excellent or above average (A or B) on their respective community projects.
DPD Program Costs
Tuition and Fees:http://www.ndsu.edu/admission/cost_tuition/cost/
Program Fees: $300.00 per semester
In addition to class fees, there may be some additional costs associated with the program, which are listed below. We are not able to provide exact amounts for these costs, so please be aware that the figures where listed are estimates. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive but is included to aid in financial planning.
Estimated additional costs :
Name tag: $10.00
Digital matching Application Fee: $50.00
Student Membership in ADA: $43.00 per year
Student Dietetic Membership: $ 7.00 per year
Books: $300.00 per year
Transportation: Fees Vary
Applications Fees for DI's: Fees Vary