Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are the food and nutrition experts who translate the science of nutrition into personalized recommendations to help people prevent and manage medical conditions.

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The Purdue University Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD)

  • Is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • Is a 4-year Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program
  • Provides students with didactic courses to meet the knowledge requirements for dietitians, established by ACEND. Additionally, the Purdue DPD curriculum includes a rigorous science core. Thus, Purdue DPD graduates are well-prepared for success in graduate education.
  • Includes coursework in biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, human nutrition, nutrition counseling, diet planning, nutrition assessment and medical nutrition therapy. Purdue dietetics offers unique coursework opportunities in nutrition, fitness, and health. Many Purdue DPD students choose to double major in this area.
  • Graduates receive a BS degree and a DPD Verification Statement, and are then eligible to enter an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship to complete the required supervised practice necessary to be eligible to take the national registration exam for dietitians (RD exam).
  • Students have the additional option of applying to Purdue's Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) to complete their supervised practice experience. Purdue’s CPD only accepts students out of the Purdue DPD ("Nutrition and Dietetics," "DPND" major).
  • Graduates who do not receive a dietetic internship match are also eligible to apply to the Purdue DPD Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) to complete their required supervised practice experience. The ISPP accepts up to 10 interns per year.
  • Has a maximum enrollment of 80 students per class. A typical graduating class is between 60-70 students.

Potential Job Titles

  • Clinical dietitian in a health care facility
  • Food service management (e.g. hospital or school food service systems)
  • Clinical nutrition management
  • Community and public health
  • Sports nutrition
  • Corporate wellness
  • Industry (food, pharmaceuticals, etc.)
  • Business
  • Journalism/Nutrition communication
  • Private practice/consultant
  • Academia
  • Research

Program Mission, Goals, and Objectives

The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD) mission is to prepare students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, and promote professional development through discovery, learning and engagement.  The DPD program will provide a curriculum and learning environment that will provide a strong foundation in nutrition education and promote an appreciation for life-long learning.

Goals and objectives of the DPD program can be found here.

Outcome data are available on request. To request data, please send a written request to Dr. Kathleen Hill Gallant at hillgallant@purdue.edu.

Degree Requirements

Academic Advising Worksheets

Useful Links for Current Students

Nutrition Science 35000

Resources for Dietetic Internship Applicants

Program Handbook

Policies and procedures related to the DPD program are available in the DPD Handbook.

Accreditation CouncilThe Purdue University Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; Phone: 800-877-1600, Ext. 5400. http://www.eatright.org/ACEND.


How do I switch my major?

If you are interested in switching your major to Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) to complete the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD), please visit the Change of Degree Objective (CODO) page to learn more about the process to enter the College of Health & Human Sciences.

How do I transfer to Purdue?

If you are interested in transferring to Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) from another college or university, please visit the Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University.

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