The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) enables students to complete the academic requirements needed to qualify for a dietetic internship or supervised practice needed to qualify to take the examination to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.). The DPD may be completed as part of the baccalaureate degree program in Nutritional Science or may be completed by students in the Nutritional Science graduate program. Students who already hold a baccalaureate degree must be admitted into the graduate program in order to complete the DPD.
The DPD is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Education (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL. 60606, (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400.
Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Mission
The mission of the DPD at California State University, Los Angeles is to prepare students to be competent for acceptance into a dietetic internship program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The DPD also prepares students for entry-level careers related to food and nutrition or graduate level education.
Program Goal 1: Prepare students to be competent for entry into a dietetic internship program and/or a post-baccalaureate program.
Program Objectives for Goal 1:
- Over a five year period, at least 80% of the DPD graduates will pass the Registered Dietitian (RD) registration exam the first time taking the exam or within the first year after taking the first exam.
- Over a five year period, at least 75% of students enrolled in the professional courses in the third year of an undergraduate-level DPD or first year of a graduate-level DPD will complete the program/degree requirements within three years, or 150% of the time planned for completion.
- Within twelve months of program completion, 50% of DPD graduates will apply to dietetic internship programs and 50% of those who apply will be accepted into a dietetic internship program.
- Within twelve months of program completion, 25% of DPD graduates will apply to post-baccalaureate programs and 50% of those who apply will get accepted into the program.
- Over a five year period, at least 75% of the dietetic internship directors of the DPD graduates will rank the graduate as being “prepared” or “very prepared” in all aspects of nutrition knowledge.
Program Goal 2: Prepare students to be competent for entry into nutrition-related careers and to be capable of working in culturally diverse community setting.
Program Objectives for Goal 2:
- Over a five year period, at least 75% of DPD graduates who apply to dietetic internship programs, but were not accepted will obtain employment in nutrition or a related field.
- Over a five year period, at least 75% of the employers of DPD graduates will rank the graduate as being “prepared” or “very prepared” in all aspects of nutrition knowledge.
- At least 90% of DPD graduates will be able to work effectively in a culturally diverse setting.
DPD Course Requirements:
ANTH 250 Cultural Anthropology (4 units) or SOC 201 Principles of Sociology (4 units)
BIOL 200AB Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II (5, 5 units)
CHEM 151, 152 Fundamentals of Chemistry I, II (5, 5 units)
CHEM 353 Nutritional Aspects of Biochemistry (5 units)
ECON 150 Economics for the Citizen (4 units)
MICR 151 Introductory Microbiology (4 units)
PSY 150 Introductory Psychology (4 units)
NTRS 210 Foundations of Food (4 units)
NTRS 312 Cultural Cuisine (4 units)
NTRS 317 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (4 units)
NTRS 410 Experimental Foods (4 units)
NTRS 413 Maternal and Child Nutrition (4 units)
NTRS 414 AB Institutional Food Service (4, 4 units)
NTRS 415 AB Medical Nutrition Therapy (4, 4 units)
NTRS 417 AB Advanced Nutrition I, II (4, 4 units)
NTRS 417L Nutritional Assessment Laboratory (1 units)
NTRS 418 Community Nutrition (4 units)
NTRS 434 Management Principles in Dietetics (5 units)
NTRS 479 Professional Interactions and Writing Skills (4 units)
COUN 406 Behavioral Counseling and Self-Management (4 units) or COUN 450 Counseling Theories (3 units)
For additional information regarding the DPD, please review the DPD Student Handbook.
Requirements for Becoming a Registered Dietitian
After students have successfully completed the course work in a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and a post-baccalaureate supervised practice program (dietetic internship program), they are eligible to take the registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian. Upon passing this registration exam, the students will earn their Registered Dietitian (RD) credential.
Upon successfully completing either the undergraduate or graduate degree program and the DPD, students will receive a verification of completion statement, which will allow the students to be eligible to apply for a dietetic internship program. The dietetic internship program composed of a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice will provide students with practical training in various aspects of dietetic practice.
Registration Eligibility Requirements for Dietetic Technician (DTR) - Pathway III
As of June 1, 2009, students who have completed both an undergraduate degree and a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) are eligible to take the registration exam for dietetic technicians without meeting additional academic or supervised practice requirements.
Students who would like to take the DTR exam must complete an application available on the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) website; submit the application, the DTRE Mis-use form and an official transcript with the posting of the undergraduate degree to the DPD Program Director, School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science, CSLA. The DPD Director will make the submission to the Commission on Dietetic Registration. For more information about taking the DTR exam, please visit the CDR website.
Transcript evaluations may be conducted if students have completed almost all of the DPD course requirements from another university. There is a $50 non-refundable fee for the transcript evaluation. Students who are interested in getting their transcripts evaluated should contact the DPD Director.
Students who earned their degree(s) from foreign universities must first have their transcripts evaluated by an independent foreign degree evaluation agency. The type of evaluation should be a course-by-course evaluation. The agency will provide an equivalency report that will detail the equivalent degree and coursework to an accredited university in the United States or its territories.