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Traditional Admissions

Didactic Program in Dietetics
Shelley L. DePinto, MS, RDN, LDN
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
The Allen Center for Nutrition
610-437-4471 ext. 4487

DPD Requirements

DPD Admission Requirements

Traditional Student Admission process at Cedar Crest College: https://www.cedarcrest.edu/traditional/index.shtm
Adult Students Admission process at Cedar Crest College: https://www.cedarcrest.edu/sage/

  • Adult students and transfer students are encouraged to meet with the DPD Director prior to application to determine pre-requisite course needs and to create a program timeline and plan

The DPD follows the Academic Calendar established by the Office of the Registrar. https://www.cedarcrest.edu/registrar/academiccalendar.shtm

DPD Program Requirements

Total number of credits required by program: The verification statement track for Nutrition Majors with DPD requirements includes 85 credits (20 of which count towards the LAC requirements for Math & Logic, Social Science, Natural Science, and Global Studies).  The non-verification statement track for Nutrition majors includes 82 credits.

Students are admitted to the College as intended nutrition majors (INRs) and begin the DPD curriculum upon completion of College-wide course requirements and DPD prerequisite courses.

Nutrition Major and DPD Course Requirements

  • CHE 111 Chemical Principles (4 cr)
  • CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium & Analysis (lecture only) (3 cr)
  • CHE 203 Survey of Organic Chemistry (3 cr)
  • CHE 217 Principles of Biochemistry (3 cr)
  • BIO 117 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 cr)
  • BIO 118 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 cr)
  • BIO 127 Clinical Microbiology (4 cr)
  • SOC 100 Intro to Culture and Society (3 cr)
  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3 cr)
  • WRI 100 College Writing (3 cr)
  • MAT 110 Probability and Statistics (3 cr)
  • NTR 120 Foundations of  Dietetics (3 cr)
  • NTR 130 Food and Culture (3 cr)
  • NTR 210 Principles of Human Nutrition (3 cr)
  • NTR 212 Lifecycle Nutrition (3 cr)
  • NTR 220 Principles of Foods Lecture & Lab (4 cr)
  • NTR 217 Nutrition Education in the Community (3 cr)
  • NTR 300 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism I (3 cr)
  • NTR 301 Management in Dietetics (3 cr)
  • NTR 305 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism II (3 cr)
  • NTR 320 Experimental Foods Lab & Lecture (4 cr)
  • NTR 327 Medical Nutrition Therapy I, Lecture and Clinical* (4 cr)
  • NTR 328 Medical Nutrition Therapy II, Lecture and Clinical* (4 cr)
  • NTR 330 Food Systems Operations and Field Experience* (4 cr)
  • NTR 340 Nutrition Counseling (3 cr)
  • NTR 350 Seminar in Nutrition, Capstone (3 cr)

*Clinical and Field experiences are for verification-statement track students only.

DPD Clinical and Field Experience Placement Requirements

The program field placements require medical and background clearance.  All clearances must be completed prior to August 15 prior to the start of the Senior Fall Semester (NTR 327 & NTR 330).  Any student not meeting all requirements before the deadline will be dropped from the courses with field experiences associated with them and the student will transition to the non-verification statement track. The following medical and background clearances are mandatory in order to participate in the following courses: NTR 327 MNT I Clinical, NTR 328 MNT II Clinical, and NTR 330 Food Systems Operations Field Experience and additional fees may apply.

  • Report of Health Evaluation and Medical History
  • Immunizations and Titers
  • Drug and Alcohol Screen (10 Panel Urinalysis)
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Proof of Liability Insurance
  • FBI Criminal History Clearance
  • Child Abuse History Clearance
  • PA Criminal History Clearance
  • Annual Flu Shot
  • And all other clearances required by placement sites at time of field experience.

The DPD and verification statement track major in Nutrition requires:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0,
  • A minimum cumulative DPD GPA of 3.0,
  • A grade of B- or better in all Nutrition (NTR) course work, and
  • A grade of C or better in all other required DPD courses.
  • Completion of field experiences for NTR 327, NTR 328 and NTR 330

The non-verification statement track major in Nutrition requires:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and
  • A grade of C or better in all program required courses.

Students must maintain the cumulative and DPD GPA of 3.0 and minimum grade requirement in all courses to remain in the verification statement track.  If a student’s GPA should fall below 3.0, they have until the next grading period (final grade or midterm grade) to return to the 3.0 requirement.  If the student’s GPA remains below 3.O at the next grading period, the student will be transitioned to the non-verification statement track.

Students can repeat one DPD (NTR) course and one science (BIO or CHE) course only.  The DPD program director’s permission is required for the second repeat and/ or to continue on the Verification Statement Track.  A withdrawal equivalency of a course attempt is subject to evaluation by the DPD program director.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, the student must meet the following requirements.

  • Completion of a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Satisfactory completion of all nutrition courses outlined in the curriculum for the nutrition major.
  • Satisfactory completion of college requirements as described by the catalog at time of graduation.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition WITH Verification Statement: Maintenance of a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition WITHOUT Verification Statement: Maintenance of a 2.5-2.99 GPA  Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition
  • Completion of the Application for Graduation by the deadline.

Students who successfully complete the DPD and receive a Verification Statement are also eligible to sit the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) Exam.

All students must complete the program’s exit survey and exit exam before Verification Statements will be issued.