About the ISU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
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.
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 80% percent of program students complete the program/degree requirements within 3
years (150% of program length).
2. At least 70% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to
or within 12 months of graduation.
3. At least 60% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12
months of graduation.
4. The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of
first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
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
6. At least 70% of responding Supervised Practice Program Directors will rate satisfaction with
program graduates as having strong preparation (aggregate score of 4 or higher out of 5) for
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
- 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.
- 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.
- At least 50% of graduates will participate in professional organizations within 18 to 24 months following graduation.
Program outcomes data are available upon request.
ACEND: Accreditation Council For Education in Nutrition and Dietetics with in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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Both DPD and DI Dietetic Programs are fully Accredited through December 31, 2025.