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About the ISU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)


Dietetic Students


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) and no course grade lower than a C- are met. See the Admissions section for more details.

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.

DPD Mission, Goals and Objectives


The mission of the Idaho State University DPD is to educate individuals through didactic and practical experiences in food and nutrition and to develop visionary and competent graduates who will be prepared for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Goal 1

Prepare graduates to perform proficiently in a dietetic supervised practice program in preparation to be a competent entry-level dietitian nutritionist.

Goal 1 Objectives

  1. At least 90% of students who accept an offered seat in the DPD will graduate within 3 years of acceptance into the 2-year professional portion of program.
  2. At least 70% of DPD graduates will apply to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  3. At least 60% of DPD graduates who apply to a supervised practice program will be accepted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  4. At least 90% of graduates over a five-year period will pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt.
  5. At least 70 % of responding graduates will report an aggregate score of 4 or higher out of 5 indicating strong preparation that the DPD program prepared them for their supervised practice experience.
  6. At least 70% of graduates from this program will receive an aggregate score of 4 or higher out of 5 indicating strong preparation on their knowledge and skill of dietetics from supervised practice program directors.


Goal 2

To provide experiential learning and leadership opportunities outside of the traditional classroom setting to enrich the DPD graduates’ education and preparation for professional practice.

Goal 2 Objectives

  1. 100% of graduates will have participated in learning activities in each of the three experiential settings: clinical (Medical Nutrition Therapy), community and food service systems management.
  2. At least 50% of graduates will have participated in student organizations, served in leadership roles, and/or been recognized with awards/nominations prior to graduation.
  3. At least 50% of graduates will participate in professional organizations within 18 to 24 months following graduation.


Program outcomes data are available upon request.

Dietetic Programs

(208) 282-5719

(208) 282-3937

Garrison 603 (physical address)

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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