Nov 29, 2023
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.
This major fulfills the A and L areas of the REAL Curriculum. The coursework requires students to analyze many influences (culture, behaviors, health status and social and physical environments) on diet and health. Through application and shadowing experiences, students will develop a professional identity and reflect on their role within the field of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students will be required to take Math and Science courses, these courses will fulfill the REAL studies R minor. Student will need to select a minor to fulfill the E area to complete the REAL Curriculum requirements.
REAL Foundational Requirements
Foundational Writing (3 credits)
Foundational Math (3 credits)
REAL Cornerstone Requirements
Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)
Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level. The Nutrition and Dietetics major includes 3 credits of writing intensive courses.
General Education Requirements
General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Nutrition and Dietetics major includes 32 general education credits.
Major Requirements (95 credits)
Required Courses (62 credits)
Additional Requirements (33 credits)
Additional Degree Requirements
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.
There is a limit on the amount of transfer credit that can be awarded for major courses. Seventy-five percent (75%) of Nutrition and Dietetics (NUTR) courses must be completed at RU. This surpasses the Radford University policy which states that twenty-five percent (25%) of the semester hours required for a major must be taken at RU. Students may receive transfer credit for a maximum of 25% of major courses.
Open Credit Hours (27 credits)
These credits can be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements, including Foundational Writing and Foundational Math.
Total Credits Needed for Degree 122
Nutrition and Dietetics (NUTR) majors 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:
- CHEM 111
- CHEM 122
- BIOL 105
- BIOL 310 and BIOL 311
- BIOL 334
- PSYC 121
- MATH 125
- STAT 200
- 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