The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD) is designed to prepare students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). The DPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
Additional career information may be found on the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics www.eatright.org.
All Nutrition and Dietetics students are assigned to a faculty advisor. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regularly to facilitate smooth progress towards completion of their degree. In addition, the Advising Center provides support and assistance to students and faculty within the department. Both faculty advisors and the Advising Center staff are committed to assisting students in: exploring educational and career options; clarifying university and departmental requirements; selecting appropriate courses; evaluating academic progress; and obtaining referral information for academic and student support services.
Admission and Progression Requirements
Nutrition and Dietetics (NUTR) majors are required to complete Core Curriculum requirements specified by the department, major requirements, and additional requirements specified by the major for a total of 122 credit hours for the bachelor of science degree. Students take the prerequisite courses during the first two years, followed by the upper division (300 and 400 level) major courses in lock-step sequence. Cohorts for upper division begin in the fall. All requirements for admission must be satisfied before entering upper division.
Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission to the Nutrition and Dietetics upper division coursework:
Official transcripts reflecting a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better from all post secondary schools attended including RU.
Completion of the following prerequisites with a grade of C or better:
Submission of transcripts for those intending to enroll in upper division courses is due by March 31 for fall enrollment for current students and before fall registration for new students. Refer to the program website for procedures: www.radford.edu/nutr
Major Grade Point Average (GPA)
A 3.0 GPA on all college work attempted and a 3.0 GPA in the major. Students are required to achieve and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher to complete and graduate in this major.
The Nutrition and Dietetics program offers an honors program. For a general description of the Honors College at Radford University, see Honors College. For specific requirements of this program, contact the department head or the director of the Honors College.