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Certificate of Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Admission Requirements

The DPD Certificate is designed for individuals who are interested in completing the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics didactic requirements to become a registered dietitian, and who have completed a Master's degree.

The course requirements included in the Certificate curriculum are the same as the undergraduate DPD requirements and meet the Foundation Knowledge and Learning Outcomes for Didactic Programs in Dietetics established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition (ACEND) and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Upon completion of the DPD Certificate, students receive the ACEND Verification Statement, confirming their eligibility to enter a dietetic internship. 

The DPD Certificate requires completion of 91 semester credit hours to obtain the ACEND verification statement, which includes any applicable courses transferred from baccalaureate degrees from the University of Cincinnati or another university and the MS in Nutrition. Students must complete a minimum of 24 of the 91 credit hours required after they have been accepted into the program to be awarded the DPD Certificate and receive the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics DPD Verification Statement.

Admission Requirements for the DPD Certificate

  • Prospective students must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for admission into the DPD Certificate.  Students who have a GPA lower than 3.0 cannot use additional courses taken after completion of a baccalaureate degree to increase their GPA to meet the admissions requirements.

  • Students must have earned a Master's degree or be enrolled in the MS in Nutrition at the University of Cincinnati with verification from the Program Director. It is recommended that students in the MS in Nutrition apply for the DPD Certificate in the semester before their expected completion date to ensure they are able to register for DPD courses before the semester begins.

  • Prospective students must submit the following materials to be considered for admission:

    • Completed application form.

      • Official copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges/universities attended. Transcripts from foreign institutions must include a credential evaluation from an organization approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Information about approved credentialing organizations can be obtained by going to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website. 

    • Completed copy of the UC Admission Confirmation Form.  A link to the form can be found under the "How to Apply" section of this website. 

    • Additional materials, including course catalogs or syllabi, may be requested during the application review process to assist in determining which courses can be transferred into the DPD Certificate from undergraduate degrees.

Application Deadlines

Applications for the DPD Certificate are sent directly to the Department of Nutritional Sciences.  It is not necessary for applicants to apply to the University of Cincinnati separately.  Prospective students can apply for the DPD Certificate any time during the academic year.  To guarantee acceptance for autumn semester, students must submit their applications no later than April 1. To guarantee acceptance for spring semester, applications must be submitted by November 1. Applications will not be accepted during the summer break.   

Review of the Application for the DPD Certificate

Completed application packets will be reviewed by the DPD Certificate Program Coordinator in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and then forwarded to the Student Affairs Office in the College of Allied Health Sciences for final processing. A confirmation of admission to the DPD Certificate will be sent to the student by the Student Affairs Office.

Transfer Credits from Previous Degrees

Undergraduate transcripts submitted with the DPD Certificate application will be evaluated by the University of Cincinnati Center for Transcript Evaluation to determine which courses are acceptable for transfer into the DPD Certificate.  A UC credit evaluation for all universities where undergraduate courses were completed must be submitted with the application. Information on how to obtain a credit evaluation is available here

The Department of Nutritional Sciences has established recency requirements for biochemistry and medical nutrition therapy, which must be taken within the last 7 years and 5 years, respectively.   Additional coursework may be waived by the Department of Nutritional Sciences on an individual basis if it is determined that the prospective student is competent in the ACEND Foundation Knowledge and Learning Outcomes in this area. 

Newly accepted DPD Certificate students should meet with the Coordinator of the program to determine if additional courses can be waived.  In addition, the University of Cincinnati does not permit the transfer of courses with grades below a “C-." 

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Contact Us

Department of Nutritional Sciences
3202 Eden Avenue
ML 0394
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
Phone: 513-558-7503
Fax: 513-558 -7500

More Information

For more information on the program, please contact:

Emily Van Walleghen, Ph.D., RD

College of Allied Health Sciences 
Nutritional Sciences
University of Cincinnati
3202 Eden Ave.
Cincinnati, Oh 45267-0394

Phone: (513)558-2024


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