Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
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. Most internships last about 10 months and are located throughout the United States.
Students complete pre-requisites and make application to the DPD during spring semester of their sophomore year. All students meeting application criteria will be accepted each year.
The DPD has the advantage of greater flexibility in scheduling and allowing time for extracurricular activities in comparison to the CPD Program. The DPD also allows for more elective coursework. Frequently, transfer students find the DPD to be a more efficient route for them to become eligible to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).
The DPD is specifically affiliated with the USU Distance Dietetics Internship. Go to its website for details. A complete listing of accredited supervised practice programs (internships) throughout the US may be found at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 900-0040 ext. 5400.