Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Kansas State University provides the coursework requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The DPD is a selective admission program with application occurring mid-way through the curriculum.; Upon completion of the DPD, the student earns a B.S. in Dietetics and receives a DPD Verification Statement rendering the student eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship. Once the internship is completed, the individual may sit for the national Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
A DPD Completion Option (non-degree program) is available for graduate students. The DPD Completion Option leads to a DPD Verification Statement.
The K-State DPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400.
The DPD program mission, goals, and objectives are available on pages 8-9 of the DPD Student Handbook posted below. Program outcome data is available upon request.
2024 CDR Graduate Degree Mandate
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a graduate degree (in any field) for eligibility to take the registered dietitian nutrition (RDN) credentialing exam. For more information see the CDR New Graduate Eligibility Requirements.
Options for completing the 2024 credentialing requirements through K-State include:
- BS in Dietetics + MS in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Sensory Sciences
- MS in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Sensory Sciences + DPD Completion Option (non-degree DPD courses)
- DPD Completion Option (for those who hold a masters degree)