Didactic Program in Dietetics

In order to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), students will need to complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) which most students at the University of Minnesota do while completing a BS degree in Nutrition. A DPD is the academic component and first of three required steps toward becoming a RD. See Requirements for Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionst for additional details of the steps to become a RDN.

FYI: The Registered Dietitian (RD) and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credentials are interchangeable with practitioners having the option to choose one or the other. See this page for additional information about the RDN credential.

The DPD is housed within the Department of Food Science and Nutrition (FScN) on the St. Paul campus. Students who are also obtaining a Nutrition undergraduate degree are admitted into the program through the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).  Students who already have a bachelor’s degree or who are graduate students are still able to complete the DPD. See Info for Prospective and Transfer Dietetics Students for more information.

This option offers preparation in the basic sciences and liberal education, a background in food science, and a focus on human needs related to nutrition. The curriculum is based on the Foundation Knowledge Requirements and Learning Outcomes for entry-level dietitians as defined by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The curriculum meets accreditation standards for a DPD by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Therefore, students who plan to become registered dietitians will be eligible to apply for a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship upon graduation. Graduates of the program who choose not to become registered dietitians will be qualified for positions in various food-related fields, including nutrition, industry, and community programs.

Prospective DPD Students

Current DPD Students

Program Information

Accreditation Statement

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is currently granted Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL  60606-6995, Phone: 800-877-1600, Website: http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/