About the ISU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)


Dietetic Students

Applications for the professional component of the DPD are accepted once a year in February.

Appointments are awarded for fall semester for senior status and the following fall semester for junior status. Requirements for the DPD include: a 3.0 accumulative grade-point-average or above; completion of several of the ISU General Education requirements including several basic sciences and English, along with pre-requisite food and nutrition courses.

Applicants must complete the DPD application, write a letter of application, submit transcripts of all colleges an universities attended, and include an application fee of $20. The application deadline is February 15th.

There are currently sixteen seats awarded annually in the DPD program. Applicants are reviewed and appointments made by the DPD selection committee, made up of several DPD faculty. As space is limited, fulfillment of specific requirements does not ensure admission into the program. Appointments are made and notifications sent by March 30th. Students receiving appointments must provide a written confirmation of acceptance by April 15th and pre-register for the appropriate courses for the upcoming fall semester. Applications may be obtained online at: http://www.isu.edu/hns/dietetics/didactic-admissions.shtml.

Courses that must be completed with a grade no lower than a "C" prior to applying to the DPD include: CHEM 1101, 1102, 1103; BIOL 1101, 2221, 2223, 3301, 3302; ENGL 1101, 1102, and NTD 1104, 2204, and 2239. A course grade of "D" or lower in any Nutrition and Dietetics (NTD) prefix course and/or required course is unacceptable towards graduation and should be repeated.

Prospective students should schedule a conference with the Program Director. The requirements of the program, curriculum, supervised practice experience, and registration examination is explained to prospective and current students in the program.


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. 




The ISU DPD has been accrediated, by the Accrediation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics with in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics though 2018. Contact information: 120 South Riverside Plaza Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600.

Dietetic Programs

(208) 282-5719

(208) 282-3937

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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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