BS in Nutrition and Dietetics

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Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Andrews University includes two academic components: Pre-Dietetics and Dietetics.

The first phase (Pre-Dietetics) consists of...

  • 2 years of classes

  • 35 credits of prerequisite and general education courses.

The second phase (Dietetics) consists of...

  • 2 more years of classes

  • 38 credits in professional and cognate courses

The dietetics concentration can be completed in 76 credits, with 124 total credits needed for graduation.

During the Spring semester of their final year, students must register for FDNT490 Review Course for the Comprehensive Exam. Satisfactorily passing the Comprehensive Exam is necessary for a student to be able to receive the verification form for their DPD completion.

Application for second phase of the Dietetics Program should be sent to the Program Director by May 15th for the next school year.

After the four years, the student will need to apply for a Dietetic Internship (which is required in order to become a Registered Dietian). We offer a Dietetic Internship through our department - see the Internship link for more details.

The B.S. degree prepares the student to become a Registered Dietetian (RD). THe RD's fundamental duty is to evaluate the nutritional needs of individuals and develop personal plans to improve each client's health.


2015-16 DPD Handbook


To enter the second phase of the Dietetics Program, students should meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of the prerequisite courses listed below with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 & a minimal GPA of 2.25 in the science and FDNT courses.

  • Continuation in the Dietetics Program requires a student having a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the beginning of thier Junior year.

  • TRANSFER STUDENTS: Transfer students who enter at the Junior level will be admitted to the Dietetics Program if they have an overall GPA of 3.0, and a minimum GPA of 2.35 for thier science and FDNT courses.

  • No grade below a C- is accepted and no grade below a C is accepted for FDNT courses.

Submission of application to Dietetics Program which includes:

  1. DPD Program Application Form

  2. Statement of Purpose

  3. Two (2) Recommendation Forms

  4. Official transcripts (if transferring from another college)

  5. Apply now:

Please note all information must be reviewed by the Dietetics faculty


Suggested 4 Year Schedules for the...


Dietetics Emphasis Nutrition Science Emphasis


Courses For DPD Program


Prerequisite Courses:

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
BIOL260 General Microbiology
CHEM110 Introduction to Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
FDNT118 The Profession of Dietetics
FDNT124 Food Science
FDNT 230 Nutrition
MKTG 310 Principles of Marketing
PSYC101 Intro to Psychology
SOCI119 Principles of Sociology


Cognate Courses:

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

DPD Courses:

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
FDNT460 Seminar: Topic
FDNT485 Nutrition & Metabolism
FDNT490 Dietetic Program Review
FDNT498 Research Methods
(click here for full course descriptions)


Graduation Requirements

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.

Our Accreditation

The B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics is a Didactic Program in Dietetics. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Andrews University is currently accredited by:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
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Students may also apply for membership into the AND in their junior or senior year. Upon completion of the DPD Program, the student will be issued a DPD verification statement. Once this statement has been issued, the student may apply for a dietetic internship, after which he or she is eligible for registration.


Pass Rates (Past 5 Years)

Our current 5 year pass rate for the DPD Program is 80% for students on their first attempt in a calendar year and 88% for testers whithin one year of first attempt.

**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) .**



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.

Current Bulletin


For More Information Please Contact

Gretchen Krivak Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics
Dr. Sherine Brown-Fraser Chair Department of Public Health, Nutrition & Wellness

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