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The Didactic Program in Dietetics fulfills the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics accreditation requirements through ACEND (the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics).

Completion of a DPD program is the first step to obtaining the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD/RDN) credential. Upon graduation students are eligible to apply to AND accredited dietetic internships and ultimately sit for the RD/RDN credentialing exam. The courses taught in the Dietetic concentration emphasize the connection between food, nutrition and human health. The DPD coursework may be completed with any major but may align better with the sciences. DPD students have opportunities to volunteer and work with VSU extension program specialists and Agriculture Research faculty. Students in dietetics receive a strong, science-based foundation from courses in nutrition science, medical nutrition therapy, physiology, biochemistry, and management.

Graduates of the Program can successfully complete the ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship for RD/RDN credential, enter graduate school, obtain employment in health, food, nutrition and wellness fields.

DPD Director: Dr. Patricia Lynch, 804-524-5729,

Program Options


B.S. Family and Consumer Science, Concentration in Dietetics. Concurrently fulfills the Virginia State University’s B.S. degree requirement along with the requirement for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Graduates are eligible for AND accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) Programs.


Certificate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. This option is for students who already have a baccalaureate degree. Students who complete the program requirements receive the Verification statement (certificate), making them eligible to apply to any ACEND accredited DI programs.


Dietetic Internship. This option is open to students who have completed the DPD requirements, hold a verification statement, and have been accepted into VSU Dietetic Internship Program.

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