Our program provides the academic coursework outlined by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) to become a registered dietitian (referred as a didactic program in dietetics). The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Drexel is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the ADA. After completing the degree program, students will receive a verification statement confirming they have completed ADA's academic requirements.
Registered dietitians (RDs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RD credential:
- Completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college and coursework accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a healthcare facility, community agency, or foodservice corporation, or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run eight to 12 months in length.
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR's Web site at www.cdrnet.org.
- Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
During the senior year of our program, most students will apply for admission into a supervised practice program, also called a dietetic internship. (A list of dietetic internships can be found here.) Most dietetic internships last eight to nine months. For a good chance of getting accepted into a dietetic internship, you should take the following steps:
- Maintain a cumulative GPA greater than 3.2, which includes college courses regardless of where they are taken.
- Work several hundred hours in dietetics-related work and volunteer experience, especially in the food and nutrition departments at hospitals and nursing homes and in community programs such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
- Participate in activities that demonstrate leadership.
For more information, visit the Drexel Catalog page at www.drexel.edu/catalog/plan/nfs-index.htm.