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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.

Students interested in completing post-baccalaureate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework in order to obtain a verification statement, must hold a 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 allows you to apply to any supervised practice program in 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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FAQs

  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 the DPD coursework online?
  5. What courses are required for the DPD Verification Statement?
  6. 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. Complete a second bachelor’s degree in dietetics. This option is required if you have more than 15 credit hours of coursework to complete. Once you are admitted, your previous coursework will be evaluated and you will be advised which courses are needed to complete a degree in dietetics. A DPD verification statement 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 as a post-baccalaureate, non-degree seeking, student and complete remaining coursework needed to meet dietetics knowledge requirements. This option is available only if you have less than16 credit hours of coursework to complete. A DPD verification statement will be issued to you upon successful completion of this work.

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. Before applying, 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. 

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

Yes. You can take the needed courses in addition to what is required for your graduate program. Some courses can be used toward the DPD verification and a graduate degree.  You would not be eligible to enter our combined MS/DI or PhD/DI program which requires a completed DPD program for entrance.  Please view the graduate program website for admissions criteria: https://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/graduate and https://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/graduate-m.s-non-thesis-dpd.

Can I complete the DPD coursework online?

The majority of the DPD courses are seated, in-person courses offered during daytime hours on campus. 

What courses are required for the DPD Verification Statement?

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 1110 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
NUTR 2100, Human Nutrition and Food
NUTR 3100, Macronutrients and Energy Balance
NUTR 3600-3600L, Food Principles
NUTR 3610-3610L, Quantity Food Production
NUTR 4070, Research Methodology in Human Foods and Nutrition
NUTR 4100, Micronutrient Nutrition
NUTR 4500, Medical Nutrition Therapy I
NUTR 4510, Nutrition Related to the Human Life Cycle
NUTR 4520, Clinical Nutrition Interventions
NUTR 4530, Medical Nutrition Therapy II
NUTR 4540, Public Health Nutrition
NUTR 4600, Food and Nutrition Policy
NUTR 4610, Foodservice Procurement and Financial Management
NUTR 4620, Management of Foodservice Organizations
NUTR 4660, Food and Nutrition Education Methods
NUTR 4645, Functional and Nutritional Properties of Foods
NUTR 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 NUTR courses must be taken in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Georgia to receive a verification statement from our program.

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. Visit the appropriate sites below to obtain application information and deadline dates:

Second BS degree in dietetics (This option is required if you have more than 15 credit hours of FDNS coursework to complete)
https://www.admissions.uga.edu/admissions/ or https://www.admissions.uga.edu/admissions/international/

Non-Degree Post-baccalaureate DPD coursework only (This option is available if you have fewer than 16 credit hours of NUTR coursework to complete)
https://www.admissions.uga.edu/admissions/ or https://www.admissions.uga.edu/admissions/international/

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

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

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

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