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The Dietetics concentration of the B.S. Family and Consumers Science degree is the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The DPD is designed to provide a body of foundation knowledge and skills following the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). The knowledge and skills consist of basic and working knowledge and demonstrable abilities in the content areas of communications, physical and biological sciences, social sciences, research, food, nutrition, management, and health care systems.

The DPD is one of the two Dietetics programs offered in the Department of Agriculture and Human Ecology; the other program is the Dietetic Internship (Dl). Graduates of the DPD are eligible to apply for AND accredited Dl. Successful completion of the Dl provides eligibility to take the national Registered Dietitian (RD) Examination. To practice as an RD, one needs to pass the RD examination.

THE DPD Program is accredited by ACEND 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, and phone: (312) 899-0040 extension 5400; http://www.eatright.org/acend. The ADA 's Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

Students who have a bachelor or master degree but wish to complete the ACEND didactic requirements may be accepted into the DPD Certificate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. Special Students who require more than 30 credit hours to meet the ACEND didactic requirements will receive a Verification Statement for Dietetic Internship application, provided a minimum of C is earned for all courses taken. Those Certificate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics Students who require less than 30 credit hours will need to pass a comprehensive assessment evaluation to receive a Verification Statement for Dietetic Internship application.

Program Options

The Dietetics Program offers three options for students; 1. B.S. in Family and Consumer Science with a concentration in Dietetics, 2. Certificate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, 3. Dietetic Internship. For more information, please contact Dr. Paula Inserra; pinserra@vsu.edu, or (804) 524-5729.

OPTION 1

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

OPTION 2

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.

OPTION 3

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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