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Dietetics: BS or DPD-Only (Didactic Dietetics Education Certificate Program) – Eligibility & Transfer Credit

Admission Requirements

Dietetics BS Applicants

  • You must meet the UNC undergraduate admission requirements for the academic year for which you are applying. See the UNC Catalog for current admission requirements.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale including courses to be transferred and those completed at UNC
  • Junior status (≥ 60 semester credit hours) or higher by time of program start.

DPD-Only (Certificate) Applicants

  • Possess (or be in the process of finishing) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, or a comparable degree from a foreign institution.
  • Have a GPA of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 point scale) for the most recent degree earned or current degree in progress.
    • If you are still completing your bachelor's degree at the time you apply, admission will be based on your current cumulative GPA, and you will need to re-submit your official transcript (showing your conferred degree and final GPA) during your first semester. If your final GPA fell below 3.00, you will be given additional academic stipulations to remain enrolled at UNC.
    • If you have completed a master's degree, or at least 18 credit hours towards a master's degree, the GPA of your master's work will be used.

Prerequisites For All Applicants

The following courses or transfer equivalents must be completed:

  • BIO 110 Principles of Biology with Lab (4)
  • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I with Lab (5)
  • FND 245 Introduction to Nutrition or 250 Principles of Nutrition (3)

It is expected that the following courses or transfer equivalents have been completed or are in progress prior to program admittance:

  • BIO 245 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (4)
  • FND 210 Medical Terminology (2)
  • PSY 120 Principles of Psychology (3)
  • STAT 150 Introduction to Statistical Analysis (3)

It is strongly recommended that the following course or its transfer equivalent be taken before the start of the program:

  • CHEM 231 Principles of Organic Chemistry (3)

The Distance Dietetic Program suggests that you submit the transcript evaluation form and your sealed official transcripts for review and they will assist you with determining which requirements have been properly fulfilled.

Eligibility by State

At this time, UNC has secured approval to serve online education to students from every state and the U.S. Virgin Islands via our participation in NC-SARA and some additional state-by-state authorizations. However, we are not currently accepting students to our online programs who reside in Puerto Rico or the CNMIs. Due to how fluid these agreements can be at the state or federal level, we recommend checking our Eligibility by State page for details.

International Students

International students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Applicants for online programs must demonstrate English proficiency in order to be considered. Possible ways to demonstrate proficiency:

  • Qualifying test scores: TOEFL: 70, IELTS: 6.0, PTE-A: 51
  • Completion of a degree in the U.S., or from an English speaking country (parts of Europe, Canada), within the last two years.

Students in completely online UNC programs are not required to come to the United States. You will not need student Visas or receive any immigration documentation, and do not need to provide financial documentation during the application process.

Transferring Credit

UNC Transfer Policies

Students are considered transfer students if they have completed any college-level coursework after completing high school. As part of your UNC application, you will need to submit official transcripts from all institutions attended.

Please visit the Transfer of Credits pages on the UNC Office of the Registrar website for information about:

  • How many credits can transfer
  • Requirements of credits transferred, such as your earned grade and institutional accreditation
  • The transfer evaluation process
  • Transferology – this service allows you to view our published course equivalencies for your previous courses. This can be done for free before you apply to UNC.
  • For those students who have taken or are taking supporting courses at a Colorado public two-year institution, see the Transfer Articulation Guides.

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Credits Required:
DPD-Only: 30 courses (15 provided by UNC)
BS Degree: 120 credits including the DPD courses
Time to Completion:
5 terms (18 months)
$405/credit hour

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Off-Campus Coordinator:

Amy Baird


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