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Post-Baccalaureate Courses

Students who already have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university may complete dietetics course requirements as a post-baccalaureate student or as a second degree student.

For students interested in completing post-baccalaureate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework for the purpose of obtaining a verification statement, your bachelor's degree must be from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent. The DPD verification statement is required to enter a supervised practice program, such as a dietetic internship. Earning your DPD verification statement from the University of Georgia allows you to apply to any supervised practice program across the US, which is a required step in order to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). For more information about pathways to becoming an RDN, visit: https://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/careers-in-dietetics.

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FAQ

  1. I have a bachelor’s degree from another university, but it is not in dietetics. Can I complete course requirements as an undergraduate at The University of Georgia to obtain a DPD verification statement?
  2. I have completed my degree at a university outside of the United States. Can I take coursework at The University of Georgia to meet the dietetics course requirements?
  3. Can I complete DPD course requirements as a graduate student at The University of Georgia to obtain a verification statement?
  4. Can I complete DPD coursework at The University of Georgia online?
  5. Is there an application to apply to the post-baccalaureate DPD track at The University of Georgia?
I have a bachelor’s degree from another university, but it is not in dietetics. Can I complete course requirements as an undergraduate at The University of Georgia to obtain a DPD verification statement?

Yes. You have two options to complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) course requirements at the undergraduate level. For both, you must be enrolled at the University of Georgia. Visit the University’s site for prospective students to obtain application information and deadline dates (https://www.admissions.uga.edu/admissions/).

Option 1. Apply to the University of Georgia to complete a second bachelor’s degree in dietetics. This option might be preferable if you have more than 15 credit hours of FDNS coursework to complete. Once you are admitted to the university, your previous coursework will be evaluated and you will be advised which courses are needed to complete the second degree in dietetics. A DPD verification statement indicating that you have met dietetics coursework requirements will be issued to you upon successful completion of the dietetics degree. Visit this page to learn more (https://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/undergraduate/dietetics).

Option 2. Apply to the University of Georgia as a post-baccalaureate, non-degree seeking, student and complete remaining coursework needed to meet dietetics knowledge requirements. A DPD verification statement indicating that you have met dietetics coursework requirements will be issued to you upon successful completion of this work. You will need to complete the following courses with a minimum of a “C” grade in order to receive a verification statement from the University of Georgia:

BIOL 1107-1107L, Biology I
CHEM 1211-1211L, Freshman Chemistry I
CHEM 1212-1212L, Freshman Chemistry II
Course in statistics
Course in psychology
COMM 1100 or 1500
CHEM 2211-2211L, Modern Organic Chemistry I (requires General Chemistry as prerequisite)
CBIO 2200-2200L, Anatomy and Physiology I
CBIO 2210-2210L, Anatomy and Physiology II
MIBO 2500-2500L, Microbiology and Health Care or 3500-3500L, Introductory Microbiology
BCMB 3100, Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
FDNS 2100, Human Nutrition and Food
FDNS 3100, Macronutrients and Energy Balance
FDNS 4100, Micronutrient Nutrition
FDNS 4500, Medical Nutrition Therapy I
FDNS 4510, Nutrition Related to the Human Life Cycle
FDNS 4520, Clinical Nutrition Interventions
FDNS 4530, Medical Nutrition Therapy II
FDNS 4600, Food and Nutrition Policy
FDNS 3600-3600L, Food Principles
FDNS 3610-3610L, Quantity Food Production
FDNS 4070, Research Methodology in Human Foods and Nutrition
FDNS 4610, Foodservice Procurement and Financial Management
FDNS 4620, Management of Foodservice Organizations
FDNS 4540, Public Health Dietetics
FDNS 4660, Food and Nutrition Education Methods
FDNS 4645, Functional and Nutritional Properties of Foods
FDNS 5900, Professional Development in Foods and Nutrition

Some of these courses may be taken at another university if they are approved by the DPD director as equivalent; however, a minimum of 15 credits of FDNS/NUTR courses must be taken in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Georgia to receive a verification statement from our program.

I have completed my degree at a university outside of the United States. Can I take coursework at The University of Georgia to meet the dietetics course requirements?

Yes. It is possible for you to complete your dietetics coursework using Option 1 or Option 2 described above. Before you begin the application process, you will need to have your academic degree(s) validated as equivalent to the bachelor’s degree conferred by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Please see the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website for information and a list of agencies that will perform this service: http://www.eatrightpro.org/resource/acend/students-and-advancing-education/information-for-students/foreign-degree-evaluation-agencies. You will then need to apply for admission to the University of Georgia (see links to applications below).

Can I complete DPD course requirements as a graduate student at The University of Georgia to obtain a verification statement?

Yes. If you are interested in completing some of the DPD coursework as a part of your graduate degree, you can take the needed courses in addition to what is required for your MS or PhD program. However, you would not be eligible to enter the combined MS/DI or PhD/DI program at the University of Georgia because all DPD coursework must be completed before entry into these combined programs. Please view the graduate program website for admissions criteria (https://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/graduate).

Can I complete DPD coursework at The University of Georgia online?

The majority of the DPD courses at the University of Georgia are seated, in-person courses. The expectation is that you are able to attend these courses on campus.

Is there an application to apply to the post-baccalaureate DPD track at The University of Georgia?

Yes. You must complete the departmental application for preliminary consideration. Per ACEND accreditation, a maximum of 12 students can be enrolled in the post-baccalaureate track at the University of Georgia.

Once your departmental post-baccalaureate application has been reviewed and the DPD director has confirmed there is an available slot in the program, you must apply for admission to the University of Georgia if you have not done so already. Visit the appropriate sites below to obtain application information and deadline dates:

Second BS degree in dietetics
https://www.admissions.uga.edu/admissions/ or https://www.admissions.uga.edu/admissions/international/

Post-baccalaureate DPD coursework only (non-degree) https://www.admissions.uga.edu/admissions/ or https://www.admissions.uga.edu/admissions/international/

MS-thesis degree + DPD coursework
https://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/graduate-m.s.-thesis

MS-non thesis degree + DPD coursework
https://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/graduate-m.s.-non-thesis

PhD degree + DPD coursework
https://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/graduate-ph.d

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