OSU Program in Dietetics
Oregon State University offers an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) that includes all of the required education to result in an internship eligible student.
- The DPD program is spread over 4 years. Students must first declare the Pre-Dietetics Option and, for the first two years, take a specific set of required courses.
- Students with a GPA >3.0 in the pre-dietetics courses and whom have clear dietetics-related career aspirations are eligible to apply for the Dietetics Option during spring term of their second year or third year. The Dietetics program covers the final 2 years of the academic program and includes advanced foods and nutrition focused coursework.
- OSU will issue a Verification Statement (document of completion) to all students who successfully complete the requirements of the Didactic Program in Dietetics. Students will use this document to prove their completion of the program for application to Dietetic Internship programs.
The OSU Dietetics option is a challenging science based curriculum.
Science Courses include:
- General Chemistry (15 credits)
- Organic Chemistry (8 credits)
- Anatomy & Physiology (15 credits)
- Biochemistry (4 credits)
- Biology & Microbiology (8 credits)
Students who earn grades below a B in these courses are advised to consider a different academic program due to the high competition for dietetic internships.
The average GPA for those accepted into a Dietetic Internship following their undergraduate studies is a 3.4 or higher. Students who do not wish to pursue a dietetic internship may be interested in testing for the DTR, Dietetic Technician Registered.
The Dietetics option at OSU provides the coursework and preparation to enter a supervised dietetic internship, pass the RegisteredDietitian exam, and become a leader in the profession. Graduates from OSU's program consistently exceed the national average for placement into accredited dietetic internships and for passing the RD exam the first time.
Neilann Horner PhD, MPH, RD
Clinical Asst Prof/Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics