Mission, Goals, and Outcomes for Dietetics Option


The Mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is to:

  • Provide a broad educational background to develop competent and productive students that can apply their knowledge and skills for careers in the dietetics profession, while using resources in a sustainable manner.
  • Prepare students to serve a culturally diverse community by engaging students in pre-professional nutrition related activities that serve Northern California.

Goals and Outcomes

Goal 1: Graduate competent, entry-level practitioners

  • Outcome 1.1: Over a five-year period, more than 60% of the students graduating from a bachelor-level DPD program will complete program requirements within six years, or 150% of time for completion. (DPD 1.3.1.)
  • Outcome 1.2: Over a five-year period, the pass rate for DPD graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%. (DPD 1.3.3.)
  • Outcome 1.3: Over a five-year period, 60% or more of DPD graduates will apply to supervised practice programs the academic year they complete the program. (DPD 1.3.2.)
  • Outcome 1.4: Over a five-year period, 80% or more of those applying to supervised practice programs the academic year they complete the program will be accepted. (DPD 1.3.2.)
  • Outcome 1.5: Over a five-year period, 75% or more of DPD graduates will indicate that their overall academic preparation was high or very high.
  • Outcome 1.6: Over a five-year period, 75% or more of employers and dietetic internship directors of DPD graduates will indicate that the graduate was prepared or very prepared in all of the content and skill areas when surveyed within 12-24 months of the graduation date.

Goal 2: Graduate diverse practitioners who obtain employment in dietetics or related fields

  • Outcome 2.1: Over a five-year period, at least 30% or more of the DPD students will be ethnic/race and gender minorities.
  • Outcome 2.2: Over a five-year period, at least 60% of DPD graduates will obtain employment in dietetics or related field.
    • Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Commission on Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
    • Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six 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 website at www.cdrnet.org.
    • Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
  • Accreditation Status  

    The General Dietetics Option is a Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (ACEND) accredited program.

    Contact information for ACEND:

    120 South Riverside Plaza
    Suite 2190
    Chicago, IL 60606-6995

    800/877-1600, ext. 5400
    Fax: 312/899-4817

    Route to Become an RDN

    General Dietetics is the only option at CSU Chico that will help you obtain a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential.

    Registered Dietitians Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RDN credential:

    Some RDNs hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice. These are awarded through CDR, the credentialing agency for AND, and/or other medical and nutrition organizations and are recognized within the profession, but are not required. Some of the certifications include pediatric or renal nutrition, sports dietetics, nutrition support and diabetes education.

    In addition to RDN credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. Frequently these state requirements are met through the same education and training required to become an RDN.

  • Verification of Completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

    Upon completion of the General Dietetics Option (DPD) and university graduation requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree, students will be mailed the DPD Verification of Completion form.  The Didactic Program in Dietetics Director’s signature on this form verifies that the individual has successfully completed the didactic requirements.  Prior to graduating, students will be required to give the Didactic Program Director a current mailing address. Once the student’s degree is posted, the Didactic Program Director will issue a Verification of Completion form and a minimum of three copies will be mailed directly to the student.

    A Verification of Completion form is required to sit for the Dietitian Technician Registered (DTR) examination (see section XVII) or to begin a Dietetic Internship to become a Registered Dietitian (see section XVI).

    Cost to Students

    A description of fees charged by CSU, Chico is outlined in the 2016-2017 University Catalog. For a breakdown of the fees, visit here.

    Costs for travel and housing vary. Student housing close to campus is readily available and ranges from $350 - $900 per month. 

    Cost for books and supplies vary depending on whether books are purchased new or used.  Cost for all new books for a semester may be approximately $830.  Additional charges may be accessed on a class-by-class basis for such items as laboratory and breakage fees ($10 or more). An additional cost is for the purchase of a laboratory coat ($35). 

    A student membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will be required at some point for your courses.  The cost for student membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is $65/yr and can be joined here. You may want to consider joining the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Northern Area District (CAND-NAD).  Membership is $20/yr.