This program offers a certificate to those already holding a baccalaureate degree and needing only to complete the requirements for DPD (Didactic Program in Dietetics) Verification statement. This certificate program is a non-degree program and offers the ACEND accredited core coursework requirements. The program is designed to assist students in developing breadth and depth of knowledge, skills, values, and competencies in clinical dietetics, community dietetics, and food service management that are necessary for application to dietetic internships (DI) to become a Registered Dietitian or graduate work, and eventual professional practice at the entry level.

The length of time of completion of this program varies depending on previous coursework transferred in, but on average it takes about four semesters. Certificate students must complete a minimum of 34 credit hours from Dominican University. After completion of all courses and receipt of a verification statement or certificate, students are eligible to apply for any ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship where they will complete their supervised practice. This consists of 1200 hours of supervised practice (internship) and is required by the Commission on Dietetic Registration in order to take the registered dietitian examination and attain the RDN credential. Interested students can apply to the Dominican University's ACEND-accredited Coordinated Program in Dietetics that provides 1200 hours of supervised practice with RDN preceptors. The supervised practice typically takes an additional two semesters to complete.

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The Nutrition and Dietetics Certificate curriculum at Dominican is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
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