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The Dietetic concentration fulfills the Accreditation Council of Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ASCEND) requirement for accredited Dietetic Programs in Dietetics (DPD). 

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 ASCEND 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. DPD students have opportunities to volunteer and work with VSU extension programs and specialists as well as Agriculture Research Faculty and subsequently acquire valuable and unique learning experiences to supplement their academic preparation. Students receive a strong, science-based foundation in nutrition, physiology and biochemistry, as well as valuable experience in counseling and interpersonal communication. 

Graduates of the Program can successfully complete the ASCEND 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 with 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. Concurrently fulfills the Virginia State University’s ADA accredited DPD. Graduates are eligible to apply for AND accredited D I Programs.


Dietetic Internship. This option is open to students who have completed a DPD requirements from an AND accredited program and have been accepted into VSU Dietetic Internship Program.

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