Overview

Didactic Program in Dietetics (Traditional Curriculum Option)

The traditional curriculum option in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is an undergraduate program which meets the educational requirements set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  Students completing the DPD requirements and a bachelor’s degree will earn a verification statement indicating that students are eligible to apply to an accredited dietetic internship program.  The DPD provides a theoretical background in food science and preparation, general nutrition, life cycle nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, food systems management, research, and community nutrition.  Students following this curriculum option are eligible to earn a minor in science if an additional 3 credits are taken in an approved science course.

Students earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nutrition and Dietetics at Marywood University are required to complete 120 credits before graduation.  With the guidance of the DPD Director, students who have already earned a BS or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, and are graduate students in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department can also complete the DPD curriculum requirements to earn a verification statement.  Students must apply to the DPD at the end of completion of sophomore level courses.

The program is designed to prepare students to apply for an accredited dietetic internship program to ultimately become an entry level Registered Dietitians Nutritionist (RDN), graduate school, or the job market.  The DPD must be followed by an ACEND accredited dietetic internship in order to be eligible for the registration examination for RDN. Although there is a shortage of internship sites and completion of the DPD does not guarantee acceptance into an internship; the faculty will offer guidance with the internship application process. Please note: the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) changed the entry-level registration eligibility education requirements for dietitians, beginning in 2024, from a baccalaureate degree to a minimum of a graduate degree.

Didactic Program in Dietetics (Spanish Emphasis Curriculum Option)

The Spanish emphasis curriculum option Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is an undergraduate program which meets the educational requirements set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and also allows a student to become linguistically and culturally competent to serve the Hispanic/Latino population.  Additionally, students following this curriculum option will study abroad in a Latin American country for a portion of one semester.  Students completing the DPD requirements and a bachelor’s degree will earn a verification statement indicating that students are eligible to apply to an accredited dietetic internship program.  The DPD provides a theoretical background in food science and preparation, general nutrition, life cycle nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, food systems management, research, and community nutrition.

Students earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nutrition and Dietetics through this Spanish emphasis thread at Marywood University are required to complete 129 credits before graduation.  With the guidance of the DPD Director, students who have already earned a BS or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, and are graduate students in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department can also complete the DPD curriculum requirements to earn a verification statement.  Students must apply to the DPD Spanish emphasis curriculum option at the end of completion of sophomore level courses.

The program is designed to prepare students to apply for an accredited dietetic internship program to ultimately become an entry level Registered Dietitians Nutritionist (RDN), graduate school, or the job market.  The DPD must be followed by an ACEND accredited dietetic internship in order to be eligible for the registration examination for RDN. Although there is a shortage of internship sites and completion of the DPD does not guarantee acceptance into an internship; the faculty will offer guidance with the internship application process. Please note: the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) changed the entry-level registration eligibility education requirements for dietitians, beginning in 2024, from baccalaureate degree to a minimum of a graduate degree. Learn more about this program.

Didactic Program in Dietetics Five Year Options

The department also offers two options for undergraduate students to earn their BS and Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition degrees within five years. Eligible undergraduate students can choose to earn a combined BS/MS degree, along with their DPD Verification Statement (VS) in five years indicating they are eligible to apply to a dietetic internship program.  Additionally, eligible students can choose to earn a BS/MS degree, their DPD VS, and complete their supervised practice experience in preparation of meeting all criteria to sit for the national examination for RDNs. Advanced coursework begins in the ‘bridge’ year overlapping the fourth year of undergraduate with the first year of graduate work.  The fifth year encompasses the supervised practice component with rotations in facility sites including Community Nutrition, Food Systems Management, Medical Nutrition Therapy, and Professional Practice. (See graduate catalog for additional details.)

Accreditation

Marywood's Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently granted accreditation status by the 

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
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