About the ISU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

ISU Health Professions Mission - Didactic Program in Dietetics

Students may only apply to the professional component of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) in the spring semester once requirements are met.

Appointments are awarded to begin the following fall semester. Requirements for the DPD include: a 3.0 accumulative grade-point-average or above; completion of several of the ISU General Education requirements including several basic sciences and English, along with pre-requisite food and nutrition courses.

Applicants must complete the DPD application, write a letter of application, submit transcripts of all colleges an universities attended, and include an application fee of $20. The application deadline is February 15th.

There are currently sixteen seats awarded annually in the DPD program. Applicants are reviewed and appointments made by the DPD selection committee, made up of several DPD faculty. As space is limited, fulfillment of specific requirements does not ensure admission into the program. Appointments are made and notifications sent by March 30th. Students receiving appointments must provide a written confirmation of acceptance by April 15th and pre-register for the appropriate courses for the upcoming fall semester. Applications may be obtained online at:

Courses that must be completed with a grade no lower than a "C" prior to applying to the DPD include: CHEM 1101, 1102, 1103; BIOL 1101, 2221, 2223, 3301, 3302; ENGL 1101, 1102, and NTD 1104, 2204, and 2239. A course grade of "D" or lower in any Nutrition and Dietetics (NTD) prefix course and/or required course is unacceptable towards graduation and should be repeated.

Prospective students should schedule a conference with the Program Director. The requirements of the program, curriculum, supervised practice experience, and registration examination is explained to prospective and current students in the program.


The mission of the DPD program at Idaho State University is to provide courses for students to earn a Baccalaureate degree which prepares students to enter into, and to successfully complete an accredited dietetic internship.


The philosophy of the Idaho State University Dietetics Program has been, since its inception, to educate individuals through didactic training and practical experiences in the field of dietetics, and to develop visionary and competent individuals who will be able to understand and to solve complex problems encountered by the professional dietitian. Practical experiences are incorporated in both lecture and laboratory courses in medical nutrition therapy, foodservice systems management and community nutrition

Program Goals and Outcome Measures

The following goals and outcome measures were identified in the 2003 Program Assessment Report. These goals and outcome measures reflect the mission and philosophy of the ISU DPD program and are the basis for program evaluation and effectiveness.

Program Goal One: Prepare students to perform competently in a dietetics supervised practice program in preparation to be an entry-level dietitian.

Outcome Measures

Program Goal Two:  Provide didactic and field experiences for students by continuing cooperative relationships with community, clinical and foodservice management dietitians, other health care professionals and administrators in order to prepare graduates to work in the current health-care environment and in industry.

Outcome Measures

Program Goal Three: Provide recruitment and guidance counseling for high school and college students who are interested in the profession of dietetics, as well as retain and mentor excellent students who are in the program.

Outcome Measures


The ISU DPD has been accrediated, by the Accrediation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics with in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics though 2018. Contact information: 120 South Riverside Plaza Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600.



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