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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

The Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition is offering two new 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). 

For more detailed information, please click here.

Students at all levels may be eligible for the following scholarships:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND Membership Required)

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, through its many association groups, offers a variety of scholarships and educational stipends to individuals pursuing undergraduate and advanced degrees in dietetics or food and nutrition related areas. General scholarship and educational stipend information from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, the dietetic practice groups and affiliate (state) and district dietetic associations can be accessed from the respective group.

The Pennsylvania Dietetic Association Foundation General Scholarship

A scholarship awarded to a member of the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association who wishes to become eligible for registration through an internship, a coordinated program, or an AP4 program.

The Pennsylvania Dietetic Association Foundation Diversity Scholarship

A scholarship awarded to a minority student in an underrepresented racial group, who is pursuing an Associate or Bachelor degree in food and nutrition science to become a dietetic technician registered or registered dietitian.

The Pennsylvania Dietetic Association Foundation Student Stipend

A stipend awarded to student members of the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association who attends the PADA Annual Member Meeting.

View SHRS Scholarship and other financial Information.