The Certificate of Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD Certificate) in the Department of Nutritional Sciences is designed for students who have completed the Master of Science in Nutrition at the University of Cincinnati who are interested in completing the academic requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for eligibility to participate in a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship, and ultimately become a registered dietitian.
The program is designed to prepare students with a comprehensive academic foundation of knowledge and skills that will enable them to enter into an accredited dietetic internship program and a variety of employment opportunities related to dietetics, food, and nutrition.
Upon completion of the DPD Certificate and an accredited dietetic internship, the student is required to pass the national registration exam to become a registered dietitian.
The United States Department of Labor Standard Occupational Code for Dietitian is 29-1031.00. An occupational profile for a Dietitian can be found at the Department of Labor’s O*NET website.
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The DPD Certificate requires completion of 91 semester credit hours and can be done either full or part time. Applicable courses from previous baccalaureate degrees can be transferred into the program to reduce the number of credits required. All of the pre-requisites for acceptance into the MS in nutrition and some courses required in the master’s program are equivalent in content to DPD courses and also can be transferred into the DPD Certificate. If students receive transfer credit for the majority of the science and general education requirements from previous degrees and have completed the MS in Nutrition, they can complete the program in approximately one year going full-time.
Students who enter the program with minimal transfer credit for the science and general education requirements and have completed the MS in Nutrition generally need three years to complete the program.
Placement Rate in Dietetic Internships
The average national placement rate for students applying to dietetic internships in the last five years was approximately 50%. The placement rate for DPD Certificate program students who applied for dietetic internships in the last five years was 78%.