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Students who attain a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nutrition and Dietetics will be prepared for traditional, non-traditional, and entrepreneurial positions in health care that utilize knowledge of food, nutrition and dietetics. Professionals trained in nutrition have numerous career options due to the growing emphasis on nutrition, health and wellness. One of the career options for a student majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics is to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
The Nutrition and Dietetics major includes a didactic program in dietetics (DPD) which is a required initial step in the education and training of dietetics professionals. In order to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), a DPD Verification Statement is required. Students wishing to become RDN’s with the new CDR requirement* are encouraged to apply to our Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program, where students can earn their bachelors and masters in 5 years. Click HERE for more information.
*Effective January 1, 2024, the CDR will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a RDN. In addition, students must obtain a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement. For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Option is a required initial step in the education and training of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. In order to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), a DPD Verification Statement is required.
The mission of the MSU Denver Didactic Program in Dietetics (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.
Goal 2: Students from a diverse background will graduate and be successfully placed in jobs, internships or graduate school.
Goal 3: Students will embrace life-long learning to improve professional practice by participating in continuing education after graduation.
Programs outcome data are available upon request by emailing: [email protected]
The steps to become an RDN are:
Students enrolled in the B.S. Nutrition and Dietetics program are not required to pursue becoming an RDN. Career opportunities for non-RDN nutrition professionals do exist. However, students are encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss the option of becoming an RDN and how the RDN vs non-RDN pathway could impact their future career. To schedule an advising session, please email [email protected] or call 303-615-0990.
Students who complete all required Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework and receive a DPD verification statement can apply for Dietetic Internships the final semester of their B.S. Nutrition and Dietetics program. prior to starting or finishing the MSND program.
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Most Dietetic Internship programs cost money to complete. Students are paying for an experiential learning opportunity while enrolled in a Dietetic Internship program. Costs for Dietetic Internships approximately range from $5,000-$50,000, depending on location, completion of a master’s degree along with the internship, etc. Dietetic Internships tied to graduate credit are eligible for financial aid to cover expenses.
Further, it should be noted that most Dietetic Internships are full-time programs which require the student to complete rotations in the field on a full-time, 40 hour a week, basis. Students are not paid for this time.
Dietetic Internships are therefore, unpaid experiences that have a cost. The Department of Nutrition can help you determine strategies for overcoming cost barriers associated with the Dietetic Internship. To schedule an appointment with an advisor to speak more about this, call 303-615-0990 or email [email protected].
Full-time Dietetic Internships typically range from 6-12 months. Part-time Dietetic Internships typically range from 1-2 years in length.
The Department of Nutrition offers many resources for students as they prepare for applying to Dietetic Internships including:
Effective January 1, 2024, the CDR will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a RDN. For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Yes! Students who complete MSU Denver’s Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program, earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degree at the end of the five year program and are eligible to apply for Dietetic Internships in the last semester of the program.
MSU Denver’s Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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Department of Nutrition
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Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Nutrition
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Denver, CO 80217-3362