Admission

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln can be located at http://admissions.unl.edu/requirements. There are no additional admission requirements for entering the Didactic Program in Dietetics.

Admission Process for Students Who Have Already Earned a Bachelor’s Degree

The process to become a registered dietitian involves three steps:

1. Meet Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPND) requirements (which usually takes a minimum of two years full time undergraduate work if student already has a bachelor's degree)

2. Apply to and be matched to an accredited dietetic internship program ( a competitive process where the student is not guaranteed to be matched to a program, is unpaid, and generally 9-12 months in length).  Acceptance into a dietetic internship program is not guaranteed.

3. Sit for and successfully pass the Registered Dietitian exam.

If student needs to apply for financial aid, the student needs to be in a degree seeking program and will need to apply for admission to UNL and indicate seeking a second degree.  The student will then work directly with an advisor to meet the Nutrition and Dietetics option requirements.

If the student DOES NOT need to apply for financial aid and intends to only meet DPND requirements then the process is as follows:

Send to DPND Program Director (Dr. Candace Kohnke):

1. Official transcripts for all college course work.

2. A check for $35.00 (payable to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

This will result in a letter listing the courses required to be completed in order to obtain a Verification Statement of completion of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics.

The student will still need to apply for admission to UNL as a non-degree seeking student in order to register for classes.  However, the student will work directly with the DPND program director related to course registration and completion of DPND requirements.  The student will have a maximum of five years to meet DPND requirements from the date of the letter listing DPND requirements for granting of a Verification Statement of completion of Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics requirements. If the student needs more than five years, they will be required to meet the DPND requirements currently in effect.

Please note the academic requirements for attainment of a Verification Statement of DPND Program completion for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln DPND Program found in the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics Student Handbook (page 7). Grades earned from the previous degree will be included in the GPA determination.