About the ISU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)


Dietetic Students

Steps to becoming  Registered Dietitian (R.D.)

The steps to becoming a registered dietitian include the requirements of the DPD, the B.S. degree in Dietetics, dietetic internship and the registration exam.  Undergraduate students are encouraged to attend a seminar on applying for internships a year before they intend on graduating.  The seminars are offered every semester by the dietetics faculty.  Upon successful completion of a dietetic internship, the student will be verified as eligible to take the registration examination through the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) After passing the Registration Examination for Dietitians, the student can apply for state license.


Description of the Program

The DPD is planned for completion in 8 semesters or 4 academic years with a minimum of 120 credit hours. The first 2 years are prerequisite courses along with general education requirements. The final 2 years include the professional courses of the program. Applications for a seat in the professional section of the program are reviewed every spring and seats are awarded for fall semester for senior status and the following fall semester for junior status. Applications from transfer students from other colleges and universities are also considered for the professional section if prerequisites are completed and minimum GPA requirements (3.0 or higher) are met.

Interested students should schedule a meeting with the Program Director or other program advisor for an explanation of the profession, program requirements and course completion plan.


The mission of the DPD program at Idaho State University is to provide courses for students to earn a Baccalaureate degree which prepares students to enter into, and to successfully complete an accredited dietetic internship.


The philosophy of the Idaho State University Dietetics Program has been, since its inception, to educate individuals through didactic training and practical experiences in the field of dietetics, and to develop visionary and competent individuals who will be able to understand and to solve complex problems encountered by the professional dietitian. Practical experiences are incorporated in both lecture and laboratory courses in medical nutrition therapy, foodservice systems management and community nutrition.

DPD Goals and Objectives

  1. Prepare students to perform competently in dietetics supervised practice program in preparation to be an entry-level dietitian.
    1. 65% of DPD graduates will apply to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
    2. 50% of DPD graduates who apply to a supervised practice program will be accepted to a supervised practice program with 12 months of graduation.
    3. 80% of graduates will pass the registration exam on the first attempt.
    4. 90% of graduates will pass the registration exam after one year.
    5. 90% of responding graduates will indicate a "good" response or better that the DPD program prepared them for their supervised practice experience and career as a Registered Dietitian (RD). 
    6. 75 % of graduates who have finished their supervised practice experience and are seeking employment will be employed with in 1 year of passing RD exam. 
    7. 80% of graduates from this program will receive "good" rating or higher on their knowledge and skill of dietetics from their employer or supervised practice program director.
    8. 90% of students accepted to the DPD will graduate within 3 years of acceptance into the 2 year professional portion of program.
  2. Provide didactic and field experiences for students by continuing cooperative relationships with community, clinical and foodservice management dietitians, other health care professionals and administrators in order to prepare graduates to work in the current health care environment and in industry.
    1. Students will be assigned learning experiences in a minimum of two different experiential sites for both foodservice, community courses and one experiential site for medical nutrition therapy courses.
    2. 90% of responding graduates will indicate "good" or better that the DPD program prepared them for their supervised practice experience and career as a dietitian.
    3. 90% of graduates from this program will receive "good" ratings or higher from their employer or supervised practice program director.
    4. 1/3 of DAC members will consist of external constituents and/or preceptors from facilities providing learning experiences to dietetic students.
    5. 20% of graduates will seek advanced degrees.
    6. 10% of graduates will have a leadership role in a professional organization within 5 years of graduation. 

Program outcomes data are available upon request.


Graduation Requirements

Students planning to graduate should apply for graduation at least one semester before all requirements are completed.  A graduation/diploma fee must be paid at the Office of Registration and Records.  Upon successful completion of the undergraduate program requirements, students receive a BS degree in Dietetics.  Generally University goals for the B.S Degree and 120 credits must be completed as well.

Dietetic Programs

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921 South 8th Avenue, Stop 8117 (mailing address)

Idaho State University Pocatello, ID 83209-8117

Accredited By

ACEND: Accreditation Council For Education in Nutrition and Dietetics with in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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