Undergraduate option

Interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?

Oregon State University offers the only Didactic Program in Dietetics in Oregon. This undergraduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and serves as the first step on the path to the RDN credential.  

Learn more about the steps involved in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at 5 Steps to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.


The OSU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Oregon State offers several degree options in which to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition. Only the B.S. in Nutrition – Dietetics Option prepares students to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists through a nationally accredited curriculum designed to prepare students for competitive application to supervised practice, also known as dietetic internships. The Oregon State B.S. in Nutrition – Dietetics Option is a challenging science-based curriculum.

All NUTR prerequisites are available through Oregon State Ecampus, and other prerequisite courses can readily be found, with some attention to articulation, at other institutions allowing students to work toward the Nutrition – Dietetics Option B.S. degree outside of Corvallis, OR. The coursework for the final two academic years of the program are only available on the Corvallis campus.


Program Prepares for Application to Supervised Practice (Dietetic Internships)

The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) requires completion of a baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university or foreign equivalent in any discipline and completion of an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics to be eligible to apply for dietetic internships. Upon completion of the B.S. in Nutrition – Dietetics Option at OSU, graduates are eligible to participate in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) national application process used to award supervised practice positions (dietetic internships). D & D Digital provides the online internship matching services for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Considerable coaching toward successful completion of this process is provided in the OSU DPD curriculum.

Effective January 1, 2024 all candidates will be required to have a master's degree. Those that attain the RDN credential prior to January 1, 2024, will be grandfathered in without meeting the minimum education requirement of a master’s degree.


Additional Information


Accreditation Status

The OSU Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is fully accredited by: The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

ACEND® can be contacted by:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400
  • Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
    Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995



If you have questions after reviewing and using resources on the website, you may contact:

Michelle Bump, MS, RD, LD
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics