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Didatic Program in Dietetics

Mission Statement: 
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 6 to 12 months. Longer internships are available in conjuction with a Master's Program.   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 the 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 DEP.   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
  • Alumni achieve a pass rate of eighty percent (80%) or above for first-time attempts on the Registration Examination for Dietitians over a five-year period.
  • Over a 5 year period, 60% of the graduates will apply to DI programs in the academic year they graduate.
  • The top three curriculum concerns as identified by graduating seniors at the GDC will have a standard deviation of more than 1.5 [SD<1.5].
  • 90% of graduates' employers will rate work performance, as compared to graduates from other dietetic programs, as "about the same" or "above average".
  • >75% of program juniors will complete the program within 3 years.
  • Over a 5 year period 80% of didactic students applying to supervised practice programs the academic year they complete the program will be accepted (matched).
  • Over a period of 5 years, 70% of dietetic graduates who did not receive a match to Supervised Practice have obtained employment related to their major within 12 months of graduation.  Graduates who attend graduate school will be considered employed and will be tracked separately.
  • Over a 5 year period 90% of DI Program Directors will rate 6 knowledge and skills of NDSU graduates at 3.0 on a Likert scale of 1-4.
  • Over a 5 year period, 90% of the interns will rate 6 knowledge and skills of themselves as 3.0 on a Likert scale of 1-4.
DPD Program Costs

Tuition and Fees:http://www.ndsu.edu/admission/cost_tuition/cost/ 

Program Fees: $300.00 per semester

In addition to program and 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 listed are estimates.  This list is not meant to be all-inclusive but is included to aid students financial planning.


Junior Year:

Student Membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.... $50.00
Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership.............. $9.00
Transportation................................................................................varies
Books.............................................................................................$300.00

Senior Year:

Student Membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.... $50.00
Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership.............. $9.00
Books.............................................................................................$300.00
Criminal Background Check........................................................... $35.00
Online application fee (first site)................................................... $40.00
    *Each additional site................................................................. $20.00
Digital Matching Fees.................................................................... $50.00
Transcripts from each college/university attended........................ varies
     (1 is needed after grades are posted when you graduate to get verification statement)

 


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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7474
Campus address: Bentson-Bunker Fieldhouse Room 1 and E Morrow Lebedeff Hall 351
Physical/delivery address: 1310 Centennial Boulevard, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2620 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science

Last Updated: Friday, November 22, 2013 4:47:25 PM