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Human Nutrition

Prospective Students

Students are encouraged to contact the DPD Director, Wanda Koszewski, PhD, RD, to request an appointment to discuss Winthrop's DPD Verification and Dietetic Internships or Graduate Degrees in human nutrition.

The DPD Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The program's next self-study and site visit are scheduled in 2018. ACEND® can be contacted by:

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Mission and Goals

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics in the Department of Human Nutrition is to prepare our students as future dietitians and nutrition professionals for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Students will embrace lifelong learning and service to the profession.

Program Goal 1: The DPD program will prepare Human Nutrition students for supervised practice experiences to become an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist by successful completing CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist.
 
Goal 1 Program Objectives:

  1. Over a three-year period at least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
  2. Over a three-year period, 70% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to, or within 12 months of graduation.
  3. Over a three-year period, 70% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  4. Over a three-year period, 75% of the DI Directors responding to a program survey will rate WU DPD graduates a minimum of 3 on a 4 point scale
  5. Over a three-year period, 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%
  6. Over a three-year period 75% of WU DPD graduates will rate themselves on the DPD Graduate Survey on questions 7 and 8 a minimum of a 4 on a 5-point scale, where 1=Strongly disagree, 2=Disagree, 3=Neutral, 4=Agree, and 5=Strongly Agree (program specific)


Program Goal 2: Graduates of the DPD program will embrace lifelong learning and service to the profession.          

Goal 2 Program Objectives:

  1. Over a three-year period 70% of the DPD graduates participate in some type of lifelong learning activity and state on 3-year postgraduate survey they Agree or Strongly Agree that it is important competency to perform as part of the dietetic profession.
  2. Over a three-year period 25% of the DPD Graduates will state on the 3-year post-graduate survey that they are participating in service to the profession by doing community service, working on district/state/national committees, precepting students and interns, or volunteering.

Program outcome data are available upon request.  Please contact the Department of Human Nutrition if  you would like access to the data.

Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Must Have or Complete:
  1. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university
  2. Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement from a ACEND-accredited institution
  3. Dietetic Internship program from a ACEND-accredited institution
  4. Passage on CDR credentialing exam
  5. Pay the RD enrollment fee to the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

The Department of Human Nutrition currently offers a BS in Human Nutrition, which is an undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics ("DPD"), and a post-graduate dietetic internship. Both programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The Department of Human Nutrition also offers an MS in Human Nutrition

The path to becoming a registered dietitian

DPD Handbook

Dietetic Internships

Please note that competition for Dietetic Internships is very competitive, so students completing their didactic coursework should begin preparing themselves early to increase their chances of obtaining a position in a supervised program. If you are interested in Winthrop's Dietetic Internship, contact Stephanie Nielsen, MS, RD, LDN.

 

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