A Verification Statement is issued upon successful completion of all DPD requirements. This is an official Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) document indicating that Oregon State University confirms that all knowledge requirements have been met and the student is prepared to apply for dietetic internship supervised practice, the next step in education to achieve the RDN credential.
Students that already have a bachelor’s degree equivalent to a U.S. regionally accredited college or university need only to complete DPD courses to earn a Verification Statement at Oregon State and be eligible to apply to dietetic internships. However, the difference between completing the DPD and completing a second bachelor’s degree is 2-3 courses. For this reason, students are regularly advised to pursue the second degree.
Six copies of the Verification Statement are mailed to each graduate in mid to late July after final grades and course completion has been confirmed.
ACEND requires that all DPD Programs retain an original copy of each student’s verification statement indefinitely.
The OSU DPD will not issue a Verification Statement to students that have not completed at least 75% of upper division DPD required coursework (34 credits) at Oregon State University.
Verification Statements will only be issued to students who have completed all DPD requirements including at least 34 credits at Oregon State University under the DIETETICS OPTION REQUIREMENTS section of the option sheet which equates to 75% of required upper division NUTR credits.