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Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

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Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics offers an undergraduate program in nutrition and dietetics which culminates in a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The program, also called a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 or (800) 877-1600. Visit the ACEND website at www.eatrightpro.org/acend

*This page is for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Concentration only. For the Community Nutrition and Food Concentration see the CNF Homepage.*

The undergraduate nutrition program is a rigorous science-based program. Students learn how to interpret and translate nutrition research into meaningful recommendations for consumers. Most of our program graduates pursue the registered dietitian (RD) credential. There are typically three required steps to obtain the RD credential:

  1. Complete an ACEND-accredited undergraduate nutrition/DPD program.
  2. Complete an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship (also called supervised practice) and a graduate degree.
  3. Pass the national examination for registered dietitians. 
    1. Exam requirements are set by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN, see the Information for Students Website

  • Effective 2024

    Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of North Florida are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. A typical education guideline will be four years for the B.S. degree, completion of the accredited 1000-hour internship, and two years for the master's degree. The UNF Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics Internship option combines the internship and master's degree in a four-semester program.

  • Mission, Goals, and Objectives

    The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics provides a high-quality Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and an experiential learning environment that prepares graduates for professional employment, further education, and supervised dietetic practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

    Program Goals and Objectives

    Goal #1:

    The Didactic Program in Dietetics will maximize the potential for graduates to transition to entry-level practice as registered dietitians.

    Objectives:
    • At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 6 years (150% of the program length).
    • 60% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
    • 50% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
    • 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%.
    • At least 90% of supervised practice program directors who return surveys will rate the program graduate’s overall preparation at a median score of four or higher on a 5-point scale.
    • At least 75% of senior students in the DPD who complete the Graduate Exit Survey will rate their DPD experience at a median score of four or higher on a 5-point scale.

    Goal #2:

    Program graduates will pursue professional opportunities in addition to employment.

    Objective:
    • At least 50% of program graduates will pursue higher education, advanced credentials, and/or leadership roles.

    Outcome Measure Results

    Outcome data are available upon request.

  • What does the program cost?

    Tuition, fees, and textbooks make up most of the costs to students. Detailed information regarding tuition and all general fees can be found at the UNF Tuition website:

    http://www.unf.edu/tuition/

    Laboratory fees for program courses are as follows:

    • CHM2045L- $59.00
    • BSC1010C- $51.93
    • FSS1202L- $30.00
    • BSC2085C- $51.93
    • BSC2086C- $51.93
    • MCB2010C- $51.93
    • BCH3023C- $59.00
    • FOS4041L- $30.00
    • FSS4230L- $15.00

    Additional program expenses include:

    • A required Level 2 Criminal Background Check with Fingerprints (typically $135-150, beginning of junior year)
    • A Level 2 Criminal Background Re-Check ($35-50, beginning of senior year)
    • A solid white laboratory jacket ($25-35, beginning of sophomore or junior year)
    • Oil-resistant non-skid shoes ($25-40, senior year)
    • Travel to and from off-campus sites for field experiences and service work (costs vary, most sites are in Duval County)
    • ServSafe Examination ($70 for the score sheet, senior year)
    • Internship application fees (DICAS $50 first application, $25 each thereafter; D&D Digital $50, senior year).

    Recommended but not required  

    • Student Nutrition and Dietetics Association ($20-30 for a t-shirt)
    • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership ($58)
    • First Coast Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ($20).
  • ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship
    Acceptance into an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship is competitive, and undergraduate graduates are not guaranteed placement in an internship program. Most internship programs are traditional face-to-face programs where interns relocate to the home base of the program to complete the required 1000 hours of supervised practice. There are also accredited distance internship programs and accredited Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) programs. You can read more about internships and ISPP programs at the Academy's website: www.eatright.org.
  • State Licensure
    In most states, including Florida, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. It is ACEND’s considered opinion that the program is designed to and does meet all state dietetics licensure and certification laws as some states may interpret their statutes differently. More information about state licensure and certification is available at this link: State Licensure.
  • Already have a bachelor's degree?

    Our Integrated Future Graduate Program may be a good fit for you. This is a 20-month program that integrates online didactic coursework with 1000 hours of onsite supervised experiential learning. This program does not require a DPD Verification Statement. For more information, please visit the website or contact the program director, Dr. Jamisha Leftwich at j.leftwich@unf.edu.

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Graduating Soon?

Students can improve their chances of matching to an internship by earning good grades (A's and B's), displaying outstanding character at all times, obtaining relevant work experience, seeking meaningful volunteer experiences, and developing leadership and time management skills. UNF faculty work closely with students and alumni to assist them with the internship application process. Students may apply to internship programs in the spring of their senior year and if accepted they typically start in August or September. Students pay for the tuition and all other expenses associated with their dietetic internship. After completing the internship and passing the RD examination, alumni may apply for Florida licensure through the Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance.

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Job Outlook?

Students who complete the 120 credit hour B.S. degree in nutrition and dietetics, and obtain the registered dietitian (RD) credential are qualified to work in a variety of settings. Hospitals, wellness centers, clinics, food companies, health departments, health agencies, nursing homes, school districts, universities, and mental health centers all employ RDs. Many RDs have their own businesses as well. Program graduates who do not obtain the RD credential most often seek employment in the areas of food service management, nutrition education, community health, and medical sales. Program outcomes data are available upon request.

Contact the Program Director 

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Dr. Jenifer Ross 

Undergraduate Nutrition DPD Director
Assistant Professor
Phone: 904-620-2328