Didactic Program in Dietetics

Saint Louis University’s didactic program in dietetics, offered at the Doisy College of Health Sciences, allows you to become a registered dietitian nutritionist even if you have a degree in a different area of study.

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Registered dietitian nutritionists frequently work in hospitals or other health care facilities, as well as in food and nutrition-related businesses and industries.


Get a DPD Certificate

SLU’s didactic program in dietetics offers students who already obtained an undergraduate degree in an alternate field, in pursuit of a career change, a DPD certificate to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Registered dietitian nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who have undergone rigorous academic and professional work.

The DPD program features two curricular track options for DPD completion. With completion of the curriculum, you will earn a DPD verification statement that will prepare you to apply for dietetic internship programs, which are required to become a registered dietitian.

Curriculum
  • DIET 2510: Ethnic Meal Management
  • DIET 3600: Food Science
  • DIET 4110: Clinical Practicum
  • DIET 3890: Internship Seminar
  • DIET 4100: Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • DIET 4500: Nutrition Counseling
  • DIET 4350: Food Systems Management
Internships and Careers

Registered dietitian nutritionists frequently work in hospitals or other health care facilities, as well as in food and nutrition-related businesses and industries. You may also work in a school, hospital or commercial kitchen, catering, or in nutrition and culinary services.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission criteria include a minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Applicants apply to SLU as a transfer student. Additionally, applicants will need to complete a self-evaluation of transcript. For priority enrollment in courses, applications should be complete by June 1 for a fall start date and Dec. 1 for a spring start date.

Self-Evaluation Directions for Applicants

Choose the appropriate self-evaluation of transcripts. Once the self-evaluation is complete, send your unofficial transcript and self-evaluation of courses to Katie Eliot at keliot@slu.edu.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A transcript must be included with the self-evaluation. An unofficial copy is acceptable.
  4. International students must have their transcript reviewed by World Education Services Inc. 

To assist in filling out the self-evaluation of transcript, you can view the course description, as well as the undergraduate transfer articulation page.

Accreditation, Program Outcomes and Fees

The didactic program in dietetics is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

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Chicago, IL 60606­-6995
Phone: 312­-899-5400
http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/

Learn about program goals, outcomes and objectives