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DPD Verification

Graduating students receive a DPD Verification Statement. This document is proof that you successfully completed a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

If you apply for a Dietetic Internship, you must submit the Verification Statement as proof that you graduated from the DPD.

Who Gives Out the Verification Statements?

The DPD Director issues Verification Statements to students upon conferred graduation or program completion (post-baccalaureate), as posted by the University Registrar, indicating that requirements have been met as dictated by ACEND.®

  • Several copies of the ACEND® Verification Statement and directions for use will be sent to you int the mail via U.S. Postal Service
  • Please make sure that your preferred mailing address is on file with ISU so that you receive this mailing
  • The Verification Statement with original signatures from the DPD Director are sent to the graduate along with directions for use
  • Please keep these copies in a safe place
  • A copy of the Verification Statement with an original signature from the program director is also kept in the student’s file indefinitely

Students with a prior earned Bachelor’s Degree or higher (post-baccalaureate) can also earn a Verification Statement with completion of the prerequisites and professional courses with a C- or better. Completion of the ISU general education requirements may not be required. The student may choose to earn a second bachelor’s degree, but this is not required to get a Verification Statement.


Graduates get the original copy of the Verification Statement
Please store it with your other important documents

What's Next?

You have two options in continuing your journey to become an RDN. These options are covered in-depth in the Dietetic Senior Seminar class and in personal advising sessions.

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Supervised Practice Program

  • Supervised practice programs, called Dietetic Internships, give you hands-on experience in different settings
  • ISU Dietetic Interns (DIs)are placed in Pocatello, Twin Falls or Meridian
  • Entry requirements and application process vary by DI program
  • Many programs use an online centralized application, called DICAS, along with a computer system to match applicants with DI programs, known as D & D Digital

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 Graduate School

  • In 2024, a master's degree will be required to take the RDN exam
  • Many graduate programs thus offer a combined MS/Dietetic Internship option
  • Schools also offer MS programs without the supervised practice component
  • Application requirements and due dates vary for graduate schools
  • Carefully review each graduate program you are considering and take notice of their process

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