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Didactic 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 conjunction 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 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 the 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.   

For further information, please see the DPD Student Handbook.

A complete listing of accredited supervised practice programs (internships) may be found at

Program Goals and Measurable Objectives


Program Goal 1: 

The program will provide quality undergraduate didactic instruction that will qualify students to apply for accredited dietetic internships (DI) or to pursue a career in the profession of nutrition or a related field.

Program Objectives for Goal 1

· 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.

· The top three curriculum concerns of graduating seniors will have a standard deviation of more than 1.5 [SD > 1.5].

· Over a five-year period, 60% of the graduates will apply to DI programs in the academic year they graduate.

· Over a five-year period, 80% of the interns will rate themselves, in 7 knowledge and 8 skills, with mean of ≥3.0 on a Likert scale of 1-4, when compared to fellow interns from other dietetic programs. 

Program Goal 2: 

The program will attract students that will become successful candidates.

Program Objectives for Goal 2: 

· Over a five-year period, ³75% of program juniors will complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics within 3 years.

· Over a five-year period, ³66% of those applying to supervised practice programs the academic year they complete the program will be accepted.

· Over a five-year period, ³ 70% of dietetic graduates who did not receive a Supervised Practice have obtained employment related to their major within 12 months of graduation. Graduates who attend graduate school will be considered as employed and will be tracked separately.

· Over a five-year period, 80% of DI Program Directors will rate 7 knowledge and 8 skills of NDSU graduates with a mean of ≥3.0 on a Likert scale of 1-4, when compared to fellow interns from other dietetic programs

 Program outcome data are available upon request.

DPD Program Costs

Tuition and Fees: 

*Students may be eligible for financial aid or scholarships.

Program Fees: $300.00 per semester

Course Fees:
HNES 261$ 69.00
HNES 261L$230.00
HNES 361L$230.00
HNES 442L$ 25.00
HNES 481$ 50.00
HNES 491$ 35.00

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 (required)$50.00
Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership (required)$9.00



Senior Year
Student Membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (required)$50.00
Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership (required)$9.00
Criminal Background Check$35.00
Online application fee (first site)$40.00
Each additional site $20.00
Digital Matching Fees$50.00
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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, April 24, 2015 10:43:50 AM