The Nutrition and Dietetics Option (Didactic Program in Dietetics) will be voluntarily closing effective May 31, 2022. This option will no longer be available to new students beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year.
The basis for voluntarily closing the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is in response to recommendations that future registered dietitian nutritionists be trained at the graduate degree level and the decision by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to change the degree requirement for eligibility to take the registered dietitian nutritionist exam from a baccalaureate to a master's degree effective January 1, 2024.
Information for New Students who want to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Information about the Future Education Model Graduate Program and how you can become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist by attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln can be found in the Pre-Dietetics information on the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences website.
Information for Students Currently in the Nutrition and Dietetics Option
All students currently in the Nutrition and Dietetics option must successfully complete all DPD curriculum requirements by the end of the spring, 2022 semester. Students will be expected to meet with an advisor to develop a plan to ensure that all requirements will be met. All required DPD courses will be offered through the spring, 2022 semester as needed to meet the needs of students currently enrolled in the option.
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Science and a major in Nutrition and Health Science-Nutrition and Dietetics Option who meed the requirements for a Verification Statement will have the option to apply to accredited supervised practice programs (dietetic internships or individualized supervised practice pathways) or Future Education Model Graduate Programs.
You can major in Nutrition and Dietetics (Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics) as the first step to becoming a registered dietitian or registered dietitian nutritionist and practitioner in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition/nutrition education programs, wellness/health promotion, food industry and foodservice. Our program gives you a challenging and high quality curriculum to prepare you for success.
In order to become a registered dietitian or registered dietitian nutritionist an individual must:
- Complete the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD) academic requirements plus obtain the minimum of a Bachlor's degree.
- Complete an ACEND accredited supervised practice program (i.e. Dietetic Internship Program).
- Obtain a passing score on the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for the RD or RDN credential.
- Follow state laws that regulate the practice of dietetics (laws that regulate dietititians/nutritionists can be found at https://www.cdrnet.org/vault/2459/web/files/Licensurelawsregulations.pdf).
The State of Nebraska has a Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapy (LMNT) credentialing law. Attainment of the RD/RDN credential will allow individuals to attain the LMNT credential and practice as medical nutrition therapists in Nebraska.
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 website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree.
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 Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.
The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is to provide a challenging and high quality curriculum that prepares students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Graduates will be prepared academically and professionally to work in a variety of employment opportunities that will address the nutrition and health needs of individuals, families, schools and communities and ultimately enhance the lives and well-being of the clientele they serve.
Program Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: Provide graduates a high quality education program for admission into and success in completing a supervised dietetics practice program.
- At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
- 90% of program directors who respond to a request for feedback will indicate that the graduate(s) completing their program were prepared or well prepared for supervised practice.
- The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
- The program’s first time pass rate on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80% over a five year period.
- 75% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
- 70% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
Goal 2: Prepare graduates for a variety of employment opportunities that will address the nutrition and health needs of individuals and families in Nebraska and beyond its borders.
- A minimum of 50% of graduates (over a three year period) who did not apply to or were not accepted into a supervised practice program will be accepted into graduate programs or other post-baccalaureate programs within 12 months of graduation that address the nutrition or heath needs of individuals and families in Nebraska and beyond its borders.
- At least 90% respondents (over a three year period) will indicate employment in a dietetics-related position following completion of supervised practice program.
Program outcome data related to the objectives is available on request. Please contact the DPD Director:
Linda Young, MS, RD, LMNT
104F Leverton Hall
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is currently granted Accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 312/899-5400. (website www.eatrightpro.org/acend ) ACEND is the only accrediting agency for dietetics education recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE).
Information for Prospective Students and the Public
The Nutrition and Dietetics Student Handbook contains all of the information required to meet the 2017 ACEND Accreditation Standards for Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Programs (DPD) and can be accessed here.
Program Policies and Procedures
The Nutrition and Dietetics Student Handbook contains all of the policies and procedures required to meet the 2017 ACEND Accreditation Standards for Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Programs (DPD) and can be accessed at here.