Academic Programs - The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

***IMPORTANT NOTICE***

The closure date for the Didactic Program in Dietetics was extended until December 12, 2016. Matriculating undergraduate students who are at least at the junior level and have successfully completed the didactic courses, NTRS 210 and NTRS 317 prior to Fall 2016, August 22, 2016 and CHEM 353 (CHEM 3000) prior to December 12, 2016, will be considered students under the DPD – undergraduate track. All undergraduate students admitted to the DPD prior to the December 12, 2016 deadline must complete the program by Summer 2019 (August 10, 2019) to be considered graduates of an accredited undergraduate DPD program and receive a verification statement.

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 apply and be accepted 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 2190, Chicago, IL. 60606-6995, (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.

DPD – Undergraduate Program*:

Program Goal 1:  Prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietetic professionals.

Program Objectives for Goal 1: 

  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.
  2. Over a five year period, at least 75% of students enrolled in the professional courses in the third year of an undergraduate-level DPD will complete the program/degree requirements within three years.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Program Goal 2:  Prepare graduates to become leaders and lifelong learners serving culturally diverse communities.

Program Objectives for Goal 2:

  1. 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 dietetics or a related field.
  2. At least 90% of DPD graduates will be able to work effectively in a culturally diverse setting.
  3. At least 50% of DPD graduates who passed the Registered Dietitian (RD) registration exam will remain Registered Dietitians beyond five years.

 

DPD – Graduate Program:

Program Goal 1:  Prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietetic professionals.

Program Objectives for Goal 1: 

  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.
  2. Over a five year period, at least 75% of students who have NOT earned a prior Nutrition degree and are enrolled in the professional courses in the first year of a graduate-level DPD will complete the program/degree requirements within three years.
  3. Over a five year period, at least 75% of students who have earned a prior Nutrition degree and are enrolled in the professional courses in the first year of a graduate-level DPD will complete the program/degree requirements within two years.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Program Goal 2:  Prepare graduates to become leaders and lifelong learners serving culturally diverse communities.

Program Objectives for Goal 2:

  1. 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 dietetics or a related field.
  2. At least 90% of DPD graduates will be able to work effectively in a culturally diverse setting.
  3. At least 50% of DPD graduates who passed the Registered Dietitian (RD) registration exam will remain Registered Dietitians beyond five years.

 

DPD Course Requirements:

The DPD is a program that requires concurrent matriculation in either the undergraduate* or graduate degree program in Nutritional Science. Students must complete all DDP coursework and earn either a Bachelor of Science degree* or a Master of Science degree in Nutritional Science prior to receiving a verification statement. Completion of both the DPD and undergraduate degree program usually takes two to three years for transfer students, and four to five years for students beginning as a freshman. Completion of both the DPD and graduate degree program usually takes two to three years, however, this may vary depending upon the student’s individualized Master’s degree coursework and culminating activity (thesis/project or comprehensive exam). Students who already earned an undergraduate degree in Nutritional Science or Dietetics may complete the DPD and graduate degree program in less than two years based upon evaluation of their transcripts upon acceptance into the graduate degree program.

 

DPD – Undergraduate Program: All science courses MUST have labs.

Preparatory Courses

Course Number

Course Title

ANTH 1500 or SOC 2010

Cultural Anthropology (3) or Principles of Sociology (3)

ECON 1500 

Economics for the Citizens (3)

PSY 1500  

Introductory Psychology (3)

BIOL 2010, 2020

Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II (4, 4)

CHEM 1010

Fundamentals of Chemistry (4)

CHEM 1020

Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (4)

CHEM 3000

Nutritional Aspects of Biochemistry (4)

MICR 1010

Introduction to Microbiology (3)

 Required Core Courses

Course Number

Course Title

NTRS 2100

Foundations of Food (3)

NTRS 3120

Cultural Cuisine (3)

NTRS 3150

Communications Skills in Dietetics (3)

NTRS 3170

Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (3)

NTRS 4100

Experimental Foods (3)

NTRS 4130

Maternal and Child Nutrition (3)

NTRS 4140

Institutional Food Service (4)

NTRS 4150, 4155

Medical Nutrition Therapy I, II (3, 3)

NTRS 4170, 4175

Advanced Nutrition I, II (3, 3)

NTRS 4176

Nutritional Assessment Laboratory (1)

NTRS 4180

Community Nutrition (3)

NTRS 4340

Management Principles in Dietetics (4)

NTRS 4790

Professional Interactions and Writing Skills (3)

Elective Courses
With approval of advisor, complete 11 units of additional supporting courses to specialize in an area of interest.

 

 

DPD – Graduate Program:

Required Prerequisites

Course Number

Course Title

ANTH 1500 or SOC 2010

Cultural Anthropology (3) or Principles of Sociology (3)

ECON 1500 

Economics for the Citizens (3)

PSY 1500  

Introductory Psychology (3)

BIOL 2010, 2020

Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II (4, 4)

CHEM 1010

Fundamentals of Chemistry (4)

CHEM 1020

Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (4)

CHEM 3000

Nutritional Aspects of Biochemistry (4)

MICR 1010

Introduction to Microbiology (3)

NTRS 2100

Foundations of Food (3)

NTRS 3170

Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (3)

 Required Upper Division Courses

Course Number

Course Title

NTRS 3120

Cultural Cuisine (3)

NTRS 3150

Communications Skills in Dietetics (3)

NTRS 4100

Experimental Foods (3)

NTRS 4130

Maternal and Child Nutrition (3)

NTRS 4140

Institutional Food Service (4)

NTRS 4150, 4155

Medical Nutrition Therapy I, II (3, 3)

NTRS 4170, 4175

Advanced Nutrition I, II (3, 3)

NTRS 4176

Nutritional Assessment Laboratory (1)

NTRS 4180

Community Nutrition (3)

NTRS 4340

Management Principles in Dietetics (4)

NTRS 4790

Professional Interactions and Writing Skills (3)

 Required 5000-Level Courses

Course Number

Course Title

NTRS 5110

Research Concepts and Methodology in Nutritional Science (3)

NTRS 5130

Advanced Problems and Topics in Nutritional Science (3)

 

Selection of Four or More of 5000-Level Courses

Course Number

Course Title

NTRS 5190

Seminar: Special Topics in Food and Nutritional Science (3)

NTRS 5210

Advanced Topics in Eating Behaviors (3)

NTRS 5230

Advanced Topics in Dietetic Management (3)

NTRS 5250

Advanced Topics in Food Science and Technology (3)

NTRS 5270

Nutritional Epidemiology (3)

NTRS 5330

Advanced Nutritional Counseling (3)

Elective Courses
With approval of advisor, complete 10-14 units of additional supporting courses to specialize in an area of interest.

Select One - Comprehensive Examination, Thesis or Project

Course Number

Course Title

NTRS 5960

Comprehensive Examination (0)

NTRS 5990

Thesis or Project (4)

Students planning to take the Comprehensive Exam should enroll in NTRS 5960 during the semester in which they complete all other course work listed on their course of study.

For additional information regarding the DPD, please review the DPD Student Handbook(The DPD Student Handbook is currently under revision. Please check back at a later time).

 

 

Requirements for Becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) 
The requirements to become a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist include successful completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics, an undergraduate* or graduate degree program, and an accredited dietetic internship program, and passing the registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Upon successfully completing either the undergraduate* or graduate degree program in Nutritional Science and the DPD, students will receive a verification of completion statement, which will allow the students to be eligible to apply for an accredited dietetic internship program. The accredited 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.

After students have successfully completed the course work in a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and the accredited supervised practice program (dietetic internship program), they are eligible to take the registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Upon passing this registration exam, the students will earn their Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential.

 

*NOTE: Effective Fall 2016, individuals admitted by the University to the Bachelor of Science degree program in Nutritional Science will not be eligible to receive a verification of completion statement as the School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science will no longer offer an undergraduate track for the Didactic Program in Dietetics.

 

Registration Eligibility Requirements for Dietetic Technician (DTR) - Pathway III
According to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), “effective June 1, 2009, individuals who have completed both a baccalaureate degree and a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will be able to take the registration examination for dietetic technicians without meeting additional academic or supervised practice requirements.”

Students who have successfully completed the DPD and their BS* or MS degree requirements and would like to take the DTR exam must complete an application available on the 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 CDR. For more information about taking the DTR exam, please visit the CDR website.

 

Transcript Evaluation
Transcript evaluations may be conducted if students have completed some 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. For a list of the independent foreign degree evaluation agencies, please visit the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics website.