The Dietetics emphasis, also known as the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), at Seattle Pacific University provides the coursework required to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). Complete information about the DPD Program is in the Dietetics Handbook
Academic requirements and a suggested course sequence for the Dietetics emphasis are available in the undergraduate catalog (click here).
After completing the DPD and the baccalaureate degree, a student wanting to become an RD must also complete a Dietetic Internship and take an exam offered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration http://www.cdrnet.org/. Additional information on educational requirements and the RD credential can be found from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics http://www.eatright.org. A list of Dietetic Internships, (DI's), is also available on this page. Appointments to Dietetic Internships are awarded on a competitive basis and most use a national computer matching program. Due to a DI shortage, currently approximately 50% of applicants are accepted into a DI.
Application to the Major
DPD students apply to the major after successful completion of the prerequisite science courses and either FCS 2365 Food Science or FCS 3340 Human Nutrition. A minimum GPA of 2.8 is required for admission to the major. Click here for the Food and Nutrition Major Application form
For a checklist click here
Major Status Application Due Dates: October 10, January 10, and April 10.
DPD for Post-Baccalaureate Students
Admission to the University as a post-baccalaureate student requires a separate application. Admission to the DPD requires a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 and the completion of the following prerequisite courses, with attainment of C- (1.7) or better in each: BIO 2129 Anatomy & Physiology, BIO 2130 Anatomy & Physiology, CHM 1310 Survey of General Chemistry, CHM 1330 Organic and Biological Chemistry, CHM 1360 Survey of Biological Chemistry, 1360 PSY 1100 or SOC 1100, FCS 2365 Food Science or FCS 3340 Human Nutrition. Course requirements for non-degree seeking post-baccalaureate students desiring DPD verification are the same as those for the undergraduate dietetics emphasis except that FCS 1050 and FCS 3240 are omitted. A transcript review by the DPD Director will determine the courses that must be completed to fulfill the DPD requirements. Applicants may be asked to submit course syllabi for evaluation. Only courses completed within the last 7 years will be considered for meeting DPD requirements. Students who opt to complete the requirements for a second baccalaureate degree may be eligible for federal student financial aid click here; non-degree or approved-certificate seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) www.eatright.org/acend of the American Dietetic Association. ACEND's contact information is:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone: 312/899-0040 ext. 5400
Graduates of the Seattle Pacific University DPD who are verified by the Program Director may apply for ACEND-accredited dietetic internships to establish eligibility to take the CDR registration examination for dietitians. Learn more about dietetics education, DPD, programs and RD credential from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. http://www.eatright.org
DPD Internship Placement Rate and Exam Pass Rate
Five-year internship and/or graduate school acceptance rates are 74%. The five-year RD first-time exam pass rate is 98%, 89th percentile nationally.
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Mission, Goals and Objectives of the Didactic Program in Dietetics
The mission of our Dietetics program is to prepare graduates who engage the culture and offer solutions to nutrition problems faced by individuals, families and communities. Students are prepared to enter a dietetic internship, graduate school and/or employment.
Program Goal 1: The program will prepare competent graduates who are accepted into DI programs, the professional arena and/or graduate study programs.
- At least 85% of students accepted into the dietetics major will complete the undergraduate degree and the OPD in 150% of the time planned for completion. For students who matriculate at SPU as freshmen, this is 18 terms (6 academic years; 4 years is the time planned for completion). For transfer and postbaccalaureate students this is 9 terms (3 academic years; 2 years is the time planned for completion). ACEND-mandated outcomes for graduate performance.
- Over a five-year period, 60% of DPD graduates will apply to supervised practice programs the year they complete the program.
- Over a five-year period, 80% of those applying to supervised practice programs during the academic year they complete the program will be accepted.
- Over a five-year period, the pass rate for DPD graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%.
- At least 75% of graduates will rate their academic preparation and academic advising as satisfactory or better.
- At least 75% of internships will rate the academic preparation of interns from SPU as satisfactory or better.
- Fifty percent of students who opt to not apply to a dietetic internship or are not accepted into an internship will attain employment in a food and nutrition-related field, or will enroll in graduate education.
Program Goal 2: The program will encourage students to participate in professional,
leadership and community service activities and will aid students in the development of cultural competence as ways to engage the culture .
- At least 75% of students will participate in professional activities (ADA student member, SPU nutrition club, attendance at local food and nutrition meetings &
events), leadership or community service activities.
- At least 75% of alumni will participate in professional, leadership or community service activities.
- At least 60% of graduates will rate their Seattle Pacific University education for its contribution to their cultural competence as satisfactory or better.
DPD Director Contact Information
Gaile Moe, PhD, RD
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave West
Seattle, WA 98119