Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Saint Louis University may grant Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statements to students with earned undergraduate degrees from accredited academic institutions. Individuals with previously earned undergraduate degrees may complete DPD requirements without earning an additional baccalaureate degree. Students may pursue either full-time or part-time study. Saint Louis University offers three options for DPD completion. You may choose between our traditional DPD, DPD with a special emphasis in culinary arts or a special emphasis in food innovation and entrepreneurship. Each curriculum has a strong foundation in basic sciences and students receive a broad and varied exposure in classroom, laboratory and clinical settings in a multidisciplinary environment. The program provides individual attention and close ties with faculty.

Students with earned undergraduate degrees seeking DPD Verification to be eligible to apply for a dietetic internship with a goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or wanting to pursue a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) credential can obtain DPD Verification through one of the following curriculum paths.

DPD Verification Curriculum Plans

DPD Standard Track

DPD Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship Emphasis

DPD Culinary Emphasis

More information about the education and professional requirement to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can be found through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/career.

With an earned DPD Verification Statement, students are eligible to apply for Supervised Practice.

If you are interested in the DPD Verification you will need to complete the appropriate self-evaluation of transcript by reviewing your transcripts and comparing the courses you have taken to those listed on the form. To assist you in filling out your self-evaluation of transcript, you can view the course description of all courses as well as the undergraduate transfer articulation page. Prior to enrolling in coursework outside the University that does not appear on the articulation page you must receive prior approval from the DPD Director. This will ensure transfer-ability of course work prior to enrolling.

Directions for DPD Self Evaluation:

  • Fill in the corresponding course title and number, as well as the name of the institution and the grade you received. Official approval of course substitution will only occur after acceptance and enrollment into the program. 
  • For any course in question, include a course description or preferably a course syllabus. If you do not have a syllabus, try contacting that institution's department to request a copy for the appropriate year. (This is not an unusual request.)
  • A transcript must be included with the self-evaluation. An un-official copy is acceptable.
  • International students must have their transcript reviewed by World Education Services, INC. (WES)www.wes.org
SLU  course number SLU course tile and number Corresponding course number and course title Grade Institution where taken Advisor/ Director Approval
Nutrition and Dietetics
DIET 210 Nutrition in the life cycle FN 355 Nutrition in the life cycle A Southwest Missouri State

Self-Evaluation of Transcripts, Courses Required for DPD Verification (Standard)

Self-Evaluation of Transcripts, Courses Required for DPD Verification for Culinary Concentration

Self-Evaluation of Transcripts, Courses Required for DPD Verification for Food Innovation Entrepreneurship Concentration

Please send your unofficial transcript and self-evaluation of courses to the appropriate person listed below:

Last Name  Director Telephone
A-M Amy Moore PhD, MPH, RD, LD 314-977-8523
N-Z Katie Eliot PhD, RD, LD FADA 314-977-8523

After a preliminary review of your self-evaluation and transcript, a program representative will contact you to estimate the courses needed and time investment involved.

NOTE: Formal transcript evaluation is offered at Saint Louis University only after enrollment.
Preliminary review is subject to change.

**For priority enrollment in courses, applications should be complete by June 1st for a Fall start date and December 1st for a Spring start date.

For general questions please call the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at 314-977-8523 or email linckm3@slu.edu.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Saint Louis University is currently granted Accreditation by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600, 312-899-0040

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