Becoming a Registered Dietitian - Didactic Program in Dietetics Handbook

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Accreditation Status

UC Davis’ Nutrition and Dietetics Education Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, USA, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400.

The UC Davis DPD meets the academic requirements of ACEND´s 2017 Accreditation Standards for Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Programs.

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The Clinical Nutrition major provides a strong foundation in the biological and social sciences, with advanced coursework in metabolism, nutrition and foods. The academic coursework within the major includes University and College requirements (including General Education, American History & Institutions, and English Composition) and the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). This major provides a high quality, cutting-edge curriculum to prepare graduates for success in a variety of careers and for advanced study. The field of dietetics allows individuals to apply the science and art of nutrition and foods to meet the health and nutrition needs of groups and individuals, promote health and wellness, facilitate behavior change, and function as effective leaders and managers in a variety of professional settings. Dietetics is a dynamic and growing profession. This major can prepare students for graduate study, further career preparation in the health professions (dietetics, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, etc.) as well as food service, food production and distribution, education, research and public health.

Graduates of this major, with completion of the DPD program, receive a pre-professional verification statement and are eligible to apply to supervised practice programs (accredited Dietetic Internships) in which students receive practical training in varied aspects of dietetic practice. Upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of a Baccalaureate degree and DPD academic coursework and a post-Baccalaureate program of supervised practice, the student is eligible to take the nationally administered Registration Examination. Passage of this exam results in earning the professional credential of a Registered Dietitian or "R.D."

DPD Program Handbook Index

  1. Program Mission, Goals, and Objectives
  2. Course Requirements
  3. Dietetic Internship Application Process
  4. Dietetic Internship Application Materials
  5. Career Opportunities
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) Process
  8. Academic & University Policies
  9. Experiential Learning
  10. Assessment of Prior Learning
  11. Nutrition Department Student Resources
  12. Contact Information