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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 provide a strong undergraduate program in the areas of food and nutrition that enable students to be accepted into an accredited dietetic internship or graduate program to become Registered Dietitians who are active professionals and engaged in lifelong learning.

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. Evaluation of students will occur at midterm and at the end of each course. Students will be required to submit midterm reports to ensure that the student is staying on track to meet GPA requirements of 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. 

 

Verification Statement:

Students successfully completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics are eligible to receive a Verification Statement from the DPD Director. The Verification Statement containing the DPD Director’s original signature documents that the student has successfully met all of the requirements for a DPD and that students are eligible to enroll in an accredited dietetic internship to complete their education to become a registered dietitian.

In order to receive a Verification Statement from the DPD Director, the student must:

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree. Students should refer to the university catalog for university requirements for graduation. See degree/graduation requirements at https://bulletin.ndsu.edu/undergraduate/academic-policies/academic-major-degree-information/  A minimum of 122 credit are required.
  • Graduate with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Earn a grade of “C” or higher in all HNES courses.
  • Earn an 80% or higher on the Dietetics Practice Exam and the Post Dietetics Exam. Students will be allowed to retake the tests as often as needed until graduation to earn 80% on these 2 exams.

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 http://www.eatright.org

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

Program Goal 1: 

The Program will produce entry-level graduates who are competent to enter into a dietetic internship program a pathway offering supervised-practice or a graduate program.

Program Objectives for Goal 1

  • Over a five-year period, ³75% of program juniors will complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics within 3 years.
  • Over a five-year period, at least 60% of all students who receive a Verification Statement from the DPD will apply to dietetic internship programs or pathways offering supervised-practice within 12 months of graduation.
  • Over a five-year period, at least 60% of all students who apply to dietetic internship programs or pathways offering supervised-practice will be accepted within 12 months of graduation.
  • Over a five-year period, ³ 30% of DPD graduates who were not enrolled in a supervised-practice will choose to pursue a graduate degree or professional degree within 12 months of graduation.
  • Over a five-year period, 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, ³80% of the responding interns will rate themselves, in four content areas, with mean of ≥3.0 on a Likert scale of 1-4, (4=well-prepared) , when compared to fellow interns from other dietetic programs. 
  • Over a five-year period, 80% of the responding DI Program Directors will rate NDSU graduates in four content areas with a mean of ≥3.0 on a Likert scale of 1-4, (4=well-prepared) when compared to fellow interns from other dietetic programs.

Program Goal 2: 

The program will produce graduates who are active professionals and engaged in lifelong learning.

Program Objectives for Goal 2:

  • Over a five year period, at least 50% of the DPD graduates responding to alumni survey will indicate participation in at least one professional activity in the past year.
  • Over a five-year period, at least 50% of the DPD graduates responding to alumni survey will report on the alumni survey that they have participated in continuing education activities in the past year.
  • Over a five year period, at least 50% of the DPD graduates responding to alumni survey will report that they have completed >10 hours of volunteer or philanthropic activities in the past year.

 Program outcome data are available upon request.

DPD Program Costs

 

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

*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
Books$500.00
Transportationvaries

 

 

Senior Year
Student Membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (required)$50.00
Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership (required)$9.00
Books$500.00
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 attendedvaries

 

 


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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: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 2:08:00 PM