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Special Conditions - Didactic Program in Dietetics Verification Statement

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement option meets the needs of students who already hold a B.A. or B.S. degree in foods, nutrition, or dietetics, and who wish to complete Didactic Program in Dietetics coursework to meet ACEND DPD verification statement requirements. Upon final completion of coursework, a DPD Verification Statement is issued to the candidate by the DPD Director. This is a non-degree option and is only available to qualified candidates. CSE students who finished their first degree under the General Studies in Foods and Nutrition concentration and who qualify, may apply.

Qualified applicants must:

  • Apply through the Office of Admissions.
  • Must have a B.A. or B.S. degree in foods, nutrition, dietetics, or related area of study. (If no, please see Second Degree option.)
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in past college-level studies.
  • Provide a letter to the DPD Director discussing their goals and objectives for wishing to pursue Nutrition and Dietetics concentration pathway to RDN credentialing (submit with application).
  • Submit all transcripts of past college coursework. Following an evaluation of transcripts, the Program Director will determine what courses a prospective student must take, and approximately how long it will take the student to complete the verification requirements. Students who have completed their degree requirements outside of the United States must submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score and an original educational services transcript that states U.S. degree equivalency. See ACEND for list of approved foreign degree transcript evaluation services. On occasion a copy of the foreign degree may be requested.

If accepted:

  • Enroll as non-matriculated visiting student and maintain continuous enrollment until DPD verification coursework is completed. Generally, this will be completed within one to three semesters depending on course sequence and individual requirements. This is not a degree-bearing program.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credits in DPD core concentration coursework at the College of Saint Elizabeth for the verification statement to be granted. The specific courses that individual students must take will vary according to their past coursework. In some cases, students will be required to exceed the minimum 12-credit standard. All professional concentration coursework must be completed at CSE unless otherwise approved by the Didactic Program in Dietetics Director.
  • Maintain academic standing of a letter grade of B or higher, demonstrate attainment of all ACEND educational requirements, and pre-professional standards as outlined for students enrolled in the ND concentration.
  • Please note, the DPD Director maintains the right to withhold verification or dismiss any student in the special considerations option who fails to meet established standards.