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The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will be voluntarily closing effective May 31, 2020. The last class of students that will be admitted to the DPD will be students who apply in the Spring Term of 2018 to begin the program as juniors in Fall 2018. No students will be admitted after this time. The DPD will maintain its ACEND accreditation status through May 31, 2020. Students who do not complete all DPD course requirements by May 31, 2020 will not be considered graduates of an ACEND-accredited DPD. For more information about the closure of the DPD, please contact Lori Cherok at lcherok@pitt.edu

The Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition is offering two other programs: 

  • Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics (Coordinated MS) (pending approval by ACEND) which will provide both the didactic and the experiential practice competencies to meet eligibility requirements for the National Registration Examination for Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists and will replace the current DPD and CMD programs.
  • Bachelor of Science program in Nutrition Science provides students the knowledge to apply the science of food and nutrition to the well-being and health of people. This program does not prepare students to become Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs). 

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The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program is housed within the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition. This is an upper division major meaning students start the program after completing 60 college credits including specific prerequisite courses.

Program Summary
60 credits required to begin program (see prerequisite courses)
2 years (4 terms)
Program starts fall term only
122 credits total required to graduate

The Profession:

Nutrition and Dietetics is a challenging and exciting profession that applies the science of food and nutrition to the health and well-being of people. The profession includes areas of practice which focus on the impact of food and nutrition on our lives such as:

  • treating existing disease 
  • promoting health and fitness
  • preventing illness 
  • planning school meal programs or other group feeding programs 
  • food supply safety
  • the management of food service operations in institutional settings; nutrition research
  • community education programs
  • food and nutrition labeling laws
  • improving the nutritional quality of food and supplements

Our Programs:

Our programs are designed to meet the educational goals for individuals seeking to become Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDN). Both of our programs, the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, also known as the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), and the Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics, are accredited by ACEND, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Only ACEND accredited programs can train individuals to become RDNs.

Our Mission:

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) within the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition (SMN) is to provide students a strong academic foundation of knowledge and skills in nutrition and dietetics to meet the required coursework and experiences to apply to a Dietetic Internship or a Coordinated Master’s Program as required to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), pursue an advanced degree in science/healthcare-related discipline, or to function in society as a professional and upon which practitioner competence can be built.  The program provides the academic preparation to support continued professional growth to meet personal, professional, community, and worldwide evolving healthcare needs.  

The Process of becoming an RDN:

When looking at program options, it’s important to understand the process of becoming an RDN. First, students must complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics, such as the one we offer through our undergraduate degree program. Students must then complete a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice in order to be eligible to take the registration examination to become credentialed Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs).

Our Coordinated Master’s program in Nutrition and Dietetics guarantees students the 1200 hours of supervised practice needed to sit for the National Registration Examination while simultaneously earning an advanced level degree. The curriculum provides students clinical rotations in over 13 different facilities!

If students do not enter such a master’s program, they acquire the supervised practice hours through a Dietetic Internship. These internships have about a 50% placement rate for applicants nationwide.

Please visit eatright.org for a wealth of information on becoming an RDN, the profession, and the Dietetic Internship.