MSU Denver


The mission of the DPD at MSU Denver ­­­is to prepare diverse students for successful careers in food, nutrition and dietetics; graduate school; or supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist through quality education that is culturally sensitive and instills a desire for life-long learning.

One of the career options for students pursuing the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND) is to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). The MSND program provides the option to receive a DPD verification statement. The DPD track within the MSND is approved by the Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and satisfies the first step towards becoming an RDN. Please review the MSND Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Option Handout below for more details about the MSND + DPD track.

Students who are accepted into the MSND + DPD program are not automatically enrolled in or accepted into the Dietetic Internship program at MSU Denver or outside Dietetic Internships. Dietetic Internships require a separate application process and are competitive in nature. For more information about the application process and your eligibility for the Dietetic Internship, schedule an appointment with an advisor by calling 303-615-0990 or emailing [email protected].

DPD Advising Guides

Fall 2019 – Spring 2022: Didactic Program in Dietetics Option

Fall 2022: Didactic Program in Dietetics Option

Department of Nutrition BS and MS DPD Handbook

Department of Nutrition BS and MS DPD Handbook

Students are encouraged to review the “Becoming an RDN FAQs” below for more information about commonly asked questions. Additionally, students that are interested in becoming an RDN are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to further discuss the pathway towards becoming an RDN. To schedule an advising appointment, please call us at 303-615-0990 or email us at [email protected]

Becoming an RDN FAQs

DPD Program Mission, Goals and Objectives
The mission of the MSU Denver DPD is to prepare diverse students from the Denver Metropolitan area for successful careers in food, nutrition and dietetics by providing quality education in the core knowledge requirements for the registered dietitian that is culturally sensitive and instills a desire for life-long learning.

Goal 1: Prepare students for a career using their knowledge of food, nutrition and dietetics.

  1. 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%.
  2. Seventy percent of graduates will report being employed in food, nutrition and dietetics; in graduate school; or in a supervised practice within 1 year of graduation.
  3. Eighty percent of graduates in supervised practice rate themselves as prepared.
  4. Supervised practice program directors rate at least 80% of graduates as prepared for supervised practice.

Goal 2: Students from a diverse background will graduate and be successfully placed in jobs, internships or graduate school.

  1. At least 80% of full-time students who enter the program complete the program/degree requirements within three years (150% program length). At least 80% of part-time students complete the program/degree requirements within four and a half years (150% of the program length).
  2. 35% of students will be males, persons of color, Hispanic, non-traditional age (> 25 years at admission), Military Veterans, LGBT+ or have documented disability.
  3. Fifty percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  4. Thirty percent of graduates are admitted into a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.

Goal 3: Students will embrace life-long learning to improve professional practice by participating in continuing education after graduation.

  1. Seventy percent of graduates responding to the graduate survey indicate they have attended or participated in a continuing education activity such as a seminar, conference, webinar or self-study

Programs outcome data are available upon request by emailing: [email protected]