The Virginia Tech Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is an undergraduate program issuing a bachelor of science degree in HNFE to prepare graduates to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). The DPD is accredited with commendation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The Five Year Program Assessment Report was approved by the ACEND Board in February 2014.
Upon program completion and earning a DPD Verification Statement, HNFE alumni are eligible to move on to Dietetic Internships, graduate and professional schools, and employment. HNFE students are competitive applicants in all of these pathways (see Program Outcomes).
Of alumni moving forward on the dietetics career path, 100 percent have passed the Registration Exam for Dietitians within one year of their first attempt. Our alumni consistently score above the national mean on the exam.
To become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, students must earn a:
- Bachelor’s degree (at minimum)
- Verification Statement from an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics
- Verification Statement from an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship, Coordinated Program, or Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)
- Learn more about Virginia Tech’s Internship Program and ISPP
- Passing score on the Commission on Dietetic Registration Examination for Dietitians
To earn a DPD Verification Statement from Virginia Tech, students must:
- Complete coursework approved by ACEND (take these 18 credits at Virginia Tech: HNFE 2004, HNFE 3034, HNFE 3025/4025, HNFE 3026/4026, HNFE 4004, HNFE 4125, HNFE 4126) DPD course list for undergraduate students
DPD course list for graduate students
- Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Earn a bachelor’s degree (at minimum)
The Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently granted accredited status 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, 800-877-1600 ext 5400, ACEND@eatright.org, www.eatrightpro.org/acend.
Contact us at HNFEDietetics@vt.edu