Andrews University DPD Program Description
This program is designed for students pursuing professional degrees in the fields of Nutrition, Dietetics, Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Research and other health related graduate degrees. This BS also prepares students for dietetics registration eligibility.
The Nutrition Science and Dietetics with Dietetics Emphasis is recommended for students wishing to become a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, or pursue a career in public health and/or graduate school.
The Nutrition Science and Dietetics with Nutrition Science Emphasis is recommended for pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-PA, students wishing to have a nutrition science and health promotion emphasis as they prepare for medical, dental, public health or graduate schools.
Mission Statement & Goals
The mission of the DPD program is to prepare students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist for service to their church, society, and the world and to influence the community at large to affirm the Seventh-day Adventist lifestyles, including a plant-based, vegetarian diet.
Goal #1: The program will prepare graduates to be competent for entry into supervised practice or other post-graduate programs through high quality educational offerings.
Goal #2: The program will prepare graduates who are highly competent to promote a vegetarian diet as a lifestyle option.
Andrews University DPD - Program Outcomes
Our accreditation status is based upon our program achieving these outcomes. All program outcomes data is available upon request.
*Our current 3 year pass rate for the DPD Program is 95% for testers within one year of the first attempt.
Nutrition Science & Dietetics Program (Step 1)
Prospective students enter the Nutrition Science & Dietetics program upon acceptance to Andrews University. Students must apply to the professional program* at the end of their sophomore year. The Dietetics Emphasis is recommended for students wishing to become a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, or pursue a career in public health and/or graduate school.
Pre-requisite Courses: two years of the following:
These courses may be obtained at Andrews University or another accredited college or university, or equivalent institution for international students.
Professional Program in Nutrition Science & Dietetics (Step 2)
Applying to the Program*
To transition into the professional program, students need to apply to the director of the Didactic Program in Nutrition Science & Dietetics (DPD) at the end of their sophomore year. Students must apply to the program in order to register for FDNT 351 Food Service Management, a required course for the major.
The professional program includes two years of study including courses in:
These courses are to be obtained on the Andrews University campus.
For acceptance to the program applications need to be submitted, to the program director, by the last Friday in March, September, or November for the following semester.
• Full acceptance into the BS Nutrition Science & Dietetics Program requires successful completion of all prerequisite courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in the sciences and FDNT courses.
• Students who are not fully accepted into the program by their senior year will be unable to register for FDNT 441 Medical Nutrition Therapy which is required for the completion of the program.
Submission of application to Dietetics Program which includes:
Statement of Purpose
Two (2) Recommendation Forms
Official transcripts (if transferring from another college)
Please note all information must be reviewed by the Dietetics faculty
The following courses are prerequisites to enter the Didactic Program in Dietetics, and are usually taken during freshman and sophomore years:
|BCHM120||Introduction to Biological Chemistry|
|BIOL 111||Anatomy & Physiology 1|
|BIOL 112||Anatomy & Physiology 2|
|CHEM110||Introduction to Inorganic and Organic Chemistry|
|FDNT118||The Profession of Dietetics|
|MKTG 310||Principles of Marketing|
|PSYC101||Intro to Psychology|
|SOCI119||Principles of Sociology|
The following courses are Cognate Requirements to take during the Didactic Program in Dietetics, and are usually taken during the Junior year:
|BSAD355||Management & Organization|
|BSAD384||Human Resource Management|
The following courses are DPD Requirements to take during the Didactic Program in Dietetics, and are usually taken during the Senior year:
|FDNT310||Nutrition in the Life Cycle|
|FDNT351||Food Service Management I|
|FDNT352||Food Service Management II|
|FDNT421||Community Nutrition I|
|FDNT422||Community Nutrition II|
|FDNT431||Medical Nutrition Therapy I|
|FDNT432||Medical Nutrition Therapy II|
|FDNT448||Nutrition & Wellness|
|FDNT485||Nutrition & Metabolism|
|FDNT490||Dietetic Program Review|
Graduation Requirements include satisfactory completion of curriculum requirements with at least 2.25 cumulative GPA in all dietetics courses (no grade below C). Students completing the DPD program and successfully passing the Senior Comprehensive Exam administered in April of final year will be issued a verification statement Students must complete both the coursework (DPD) requirements and a Dietetic Internship before being eligible to sit for the Registration Examination.
**The B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics is a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) .**
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetics program at Andrews University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program to become an RDN.
The information on these web pages is for information purposes only. While every attempt has been made to provide accurate information, the Andrews University Bulletin is the final and authoritative guide on regulations such as admission, general, core, major, and cognate requirements.
|Gretchen Krivak||Director of Didactic Program in Dieteticsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr. Padma Uppala||Chair School of Population Health, Nutrition & Wellness||