Admission Requirements

You must have a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all prior coursework to be eligible for admission into the (Didactic Program in Dietetics) DPD Certificate Program.  

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 order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's graduate requirement website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited [program type] program at [Institution name] are eligible to [apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN].

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. More information about state licensure requirements state licensure requirements.

More information about educational pathways to become a RDN.

If you do not have a master’s degree prior to beginning the DPD Certificate, you can enroll in the nutrition master’s program at UC or plan to earn a master’s degree at a different institution. These plans will be discussed with the DPD Director when planning DPD Certificate coursework.  

Prospective students must submit the following materials to be considered for admission:

  • Completed DPD Certificate Application (PDF) emailed to the DPD Program Director: Lindsey Mills at
  • Official copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges/universities attended. Transcripts from foreign institutions must include a credential evaluation from an organization approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Information about approved credentialing organizations can be obtained by going to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Additional materials, including course catalogs or syllabi, may be requested during the application review process to assist in determining which courses can be transferred into the DPD Certificate from undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Please send official transcripts to Lindsey Mills either via email at or via postal mail at: 259 Health Sciences Building, 3225 Eden Avenue, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394. 
  • basic data form must also be submitted once accepted. There are no fees for DPD Certificate applicants and students do not need to apply to UC separately.  
  • To guarantee acceptance for fall semester, students must submit their applications no later than June 1st. To guarantee acceptance for spring semester, applications must be submitted by November 1st.

Program Completion Requirements

To remain in the program, students must:

  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA with no less than C- in any Nutritional Science course,
  • Adhere to policies and procedures, and
  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner, adhering to the Student Code of Conduct

To complete the program, students must:

  • Complete all didactic course requirements,
  • Complete all general education and elective requirements pertaining to the major or certificate program in which the student is enrolled,
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the Dietetics major or DPD Certificate Program, and
  • Have no outstanding financial or other program obligations.

Students can complete the ​certificate at their own pace. The ​certificate is not limited by a maximum amount of time to ​completion.  

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Lindsey Mills

Assistant Professor