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Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health

Admission to the Didactic Program in Dietetics

Dietetic students apply to the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) mid-way through the curriculum.

Applications are due by February 15th for spring semester review and by September 25th for fall semester review. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the applications are due the Monday immediately following by 5:00 p.m. Central Time. Students must apply to the didactic program the semester immediately following completion of the following courses:

  • BIOL 198 Principles of Biology
  • BIOL 340 Human Body
    OR
    KIN  360 Anatomy & Physiology
  • FNDH 340 Food and Health: Safety, Allergies and Intolerances
    OR
    BIOL   455 General Microbiology
  • CHM    210 Chemistry I
  • CHM    230 Chemistry II
  • BIOCH 265 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
    OR
    CHM  350 General Organic Chemistry
  • FNDH 132 Basic Nutrition
  • FNDH 400 Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health
  • HM     341 Principles of Food Production Management
  • BIOL  198 Principles of Biology

Grade Requirements

  1. Students admitted to the dietetics major beginning Summer 2015 must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.  This includes all coursework taken at any time in the individual’s undergraduate or graduate education career prior to applying for DPD admission.

  2. No grade lower than a B in natural science or professional courses.

  3. No grade lower than a C in all other required dietetics curriculum foundation courses.  

Applications from students not meeting grade requirements will not be accepted for review.

To apply to the DPD program, students must submit:

  1. DPD application form (available in the DPD Application Portal in Canvas).

  2. Current DARS report generated through KSIS.

  3. Grade calculation spreadsheets showing calculations for overall GPA, science course GPA, and professional course GPA (available in the DPD Application Portal in Canvas).

  4. Current 1-page resume (see didactic program student handbook for evaluation details).

  5. A personal statement of 1000 words or less (see didactic program student handbook for evaluation details). 

Applications must be submitted in the DPD Application Portal in Canvas.  Applicants will also participate in a videoconference (or telephone) interview.  The  interviews will be scheduled once the application materials are submitted.  Contact the DPD director at least two weeks  prior to the deadline for access to the portal.  The application evaluation criteria can be found in the didactic program student handbook