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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

Nutrition Major/Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Program Description

The Cedar Crest College Nutrition major and DPD is an undergraduate program that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates of the nutrition program will receive a bachelor of science in nutrition, and those meeting the DPD requirements will also earn a verification statement demonstrating that they have attained the knowledge and met the competencies found in the 2017 Accreditation Standards for Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Programs. Please refer to the Nutrition and DPD Student Handbook regarding the verification statement eligibility requirements.

Process to Become a RDN through Cedar Crest College

Students considering entrance to the profession of dietetics as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) through Cedar Crest College through the Dietetic Internship Pathway must complete these three components:

  1. A bachelor’s degree* (it does not have to be in nutrition) and successful completion of academic coursework (DPD) at an ACEND-approved/accredited institution with a minimum cumulative and didactic GPA of 3.0;
  2. Admission and successful completion of an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship Program;
  3. A passing score on the National Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

*Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition to RDN credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. Frequently these state requirements are met through the same education and training required to become an RDN.

For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students

The verification statement issued through the DPD at Cedar Crest College is designed to prepare students for a career in Nutrition and Dietetics and affords students the opportunity to:

  1. Apply to the ACEND-accredited DI at Cedar Crest College through the Preselect Process
  2. Apply to an ACEND-accredited DI during the National DI Match (biannual)
  3. Apply to graduate school
  4. Sit for the Nutrition and Dietetics Technician Registered (NDTR) exam through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  5. Work in the field of nutrition in positions not requiring credentialing

Please note that completion of the bachelor’s degree with verification statement through Cedar Crest College’s DPD may lead to, but does not guarantee, admission into a DI.

Accreditation Status

The Cedar Crest College DPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The contact information for ACEND is:

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995

312-899-0040 ext. 5400
1-800-877-1600 ext. 5400