Certificate in Didactic Program in Dietetics

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The Didactic Program in Dietetics certificate is designed for students who have completed at least a master's degree and are interested in becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist. Upon completion of the certificate, students earn a verification statement confirming their eligibility to enter a dietetic internship. After completing a dietetic internship, students are required to pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Dietetics professionals work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, supermarkets, private practice settings, eating disorder centers, with athletes, academia, research, health departments, business corporations, health clubs, and many other areas.

The United States Department of Labor Standard Occupational Code for Dietitian is 29-1031.00. An occupational profile for a Dietitian can be found at the Department of Labor's O*NET

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The Didactic Program in Dietetics certificate requires completion of 91 semester credit hours and can be done either full or part time. Applicable courses from previous baccalaureate degrees can be transferred into the program to reduce the number of credits required. All of the pre-requisites for acceptance into the Masters in nutrition and some courses required in the master's program at UC are equivalent in content to the didactic program courses and also can be transferred into the certificate. If you receive transfer credit for the majority of the science and general education requirements from previous degrees and have completed the Masters in Nutrition, you can complete the program in approximately one year going full-time.

If you enter the program with minimal transfer credit for the science and general education requirements and have completed a master's degree you will generally need three years to complete the program.

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more. 

Please visit the program Admission Requirements for detailed information about what you need in order to be a successful applicant. 

Visit the How to Apply page when you are ready to apply. 

The average national placement rate for students applying to dietetic internships in the last five years was approximately 50%. The placement rate for the Didactic Program in Dietetics certificate program students who applied for dietetic internships in the last five years was 77%.

Program outcome data is available upon request.