nutrition & dietetics - Graduation and Program Completion Guidelines

An overview of the Nutrition and Dietetics major that meets requirements for the accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics is available in the Undergraduate Catalog.

The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics requires 120 credits, including specific University and DPD course requirements. The following plan is only one example: not every student will take every course in the same order.

CHEM101 or 103 or 107 General Chemistry (4) CHEM102 or 104 or 108 General Chemistry (4)
NTDT103 Intro to Nutrition Professions (1) UNIV101 First Year Experience (3)
NTDT200 Nutrition Concepts (3) SOCI200 Introduction to Sociology (3)
ECON100 or ECON101 Economics (3) ENGL110* Seminar in Composition (3)
MATH114 College Mathematics and Statistics (3)

* Grade of C- or better required

CHEM213 Elementary Organic Chemistry (3) CHEM214* Elementary Biochemistry (3)
CHEM215 Elementary Biochemistry Lab (1) CHEM216* Elementary Biochemistry Lab (1)
BISC205* Biology for Health Sciences (4) ANFS305* Food Science (3)
NTDT 201* Food Concepts (3) PSYC100 General Psychology (3)
NTDT250 Intro to the Nutrition Care Process (3) Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3)
STAT200 or PSYC209 or STAT408 Statistics (3)

* Grade of C- or better required

BISC276* Human Physiology (4) MEDT270 Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (4)
NTDT400* Macronutrients (3) NTDT401* Micronutrients (3)
NTDT321* Quantity Food Production & Service (3) NTDT305* Nutrition in the Lifespan (3)
NTDT322* Management of Food and Nutrition Services (3) NTDT326* On-Site Food Production (3)
BUAD309 Organizational Behavior (3) NTDT330* Nutrition Counseling (3)

* Grade of C- or better required

NTDT450* Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3) NTDT451* Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3)
NTDT403 Senior Nutrition Seminar (1) NTDT421* Nutritional Assessment Methods (3)
NTDT445* Teaching Methods (3) NTDT460* Community Nutrition (3)
Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3) Social and Behavioral Science Elective (3)
Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3) Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3)
Breadth or Multicultural Elective (3)  

* Grade of C- or better required

Students applying to a Dietetic Internship program or Masters Degree-Dietetic Internship (MS-DI) program must provide evidence that they have completed an undergraduate dietetics curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree
Students applying to programs prior to graduation (i.e., in their senior year) must request the “Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree” form be submitted by the DPD director. This form verifies the student’s completed coursework and projected coursework to complete the degree.

Students have three years to meet graduation and DPD requirements upon receiving their “Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree”  form and/or ACEND Minimum Academic Requirements. If the student requires more than three years to complete the DPD requirements, the student must meet the requirements currently in effect in order to be granted a Verification Statement.

Verification Statement
The Verification Statement, signed by the DPD Director, documents that an individual has completed the requirements of a dietetics education program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. This document is essential to establish eligibility:

  1. for a Dietetic Internship program;
  2. to take the Registration Examination for Registered Dietitians;
  3. for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Active membership.

The Verification Statement is also required for students wishing to pursue a career as a Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR). Successful completion of the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is also required for the NDTR credential.

For more information about Verification Statements “Frequently Asked Questions”, click here.

Students with a Bachelor’s Degree
For students who previously earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and have returned to meet the DPD requirements, they have a maximum of five years to meet DPD requirements from the date of the letter listing DPD requirements for granting of a Verification Statement of completion of DPD requirements. If the student needs more than five years, the student will be required to meet the DPD requirements currently in effect.

NTDT courses numbered 300 and 400 are required to be taken at the University of Delaware unless permission given to take them elsewhere has been approved by the DPD Director.

Transcript review for DPD course requirements will be limited to individuals who meet at least one of the following criteria: a) resident of the State of Delaware; b) graduate of University of Delaware with at least a bachelor’s degree and/or student accepted by the University of Delaware.

Retention and Remediation Procedures

Students are expected to maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of C (2.00 GPA) to be in good academic standing and to be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD Program).

A minimum grade of C- is required in BISC 276, CHEM 102, CHEM 213, CHEM 214, CHEM 215, and CHEM 216.

A minimum grade of C- must be achieved for credits to count toward the fulfillment of 47 credits in NTDT; a minimum grade of C- in NTDT 200-level courses must be achieved to proceed to upper-level courses. Students must retake a course until a C- or higher grade is achieved.

Students are expected to discuss their academic program with their advisors and inform them of their progress. Faculty advisors and students are encouraged to discuss relevant academic issues with the DPD Director.