Earn a Dietetics Bachelor's Degree or Take the Didactic Dietetic Coursework Only
The University of Northern Colorado offers a distance-based Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). This includes two options:
- A Dietetics Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree completion program
- A DPD-only certificate program
See the Course of Study tab below for more information.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Northern Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Dietetics and Nutrition Education (ACEND, formerly CADE) and adheres to the knowledge, skills, and competencies described by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND, formerly the American Dietetic Association).
Beginning January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) has changed the degree requirement for dietitian registration eligibility from a Bachelor's degree to a Master's degree (in any field) in addition to the current requirement of a verification statement from an ACEND accredited dietetics program. More information:
An Elite Program Brought to You Online
The Distance Dietetic Program (DDP) is accredited the same as our on-campus program; however it is designed to be more accessible for students who have employment and/or family commitments that preclude participating in a full-time on-campus experience. The UNC Dietetics and Nutrition department coordinates with UNC Extended Campus to be able to bring this program to you online.
- DPD-Only: 30 courses (15 provided by UNC)
- BS Degree: 120 credits including the DPD courses
Time to Completion:
5 terms (18 months)
Delivery Option & Start Term:
Online Didactic Program: starts each Summer term
Contact the Off-Campus Coordinator
Two Distance Dietetic Program (DDP) Options
- DPD-Only – The Didactic Dietetics Education Certificate Program is for those who already have a bachelor's degree and only wish to complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements. See the official UNC Undergraduate Catalog listing.
- Bachelors Degree – The Dietetics Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is for those who want to complete their bachelor’s degree, or seek a second bachelor's degree, in a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). See the official UNC Undergraduate Catalog listing.
No matter which program you choose, some required coursework will be completed prior to or during your enrollment in this Distance Dietetic Program. These courses are taken at a regionally accredited institution where you live, or online, and transferred in to UNC. See the Eligibility & Transfer Credit tab for details about transferring your previous college credit.
Your degree, whether previously earned or earned at UNC as part of this program, plus completion of the DPD requirements will earn you a Verification Statement. This statement will permit you to apply for dietetic internships on your path to becoming a registered dietitian. For more information visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
The DPD requirements include 30 courses (75 credit hours), of which UNC provides 15 courses (31 credit hours) online.
All 30 DPD courses must be completed whether you are pursuing the DPD-only or the BS degree. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and grades of C or better (C- is not acceptable) in all required courses for successful completion of the certificate of the B.S. degree.
Descriptions of the 30 courses and their prerequisites can be found in the Distance Dietetic Program Curriculum Guide.
UNC DDP Curriculum (31 Credit Hours)
UNC offers the following 15 courses (31 credits) online. Spring and Fall semesters follow a 16-week semester format. Summer term courses are offered in an 8-week format.
You can also view the scheduled didactic online program courses on the Current Program Students page.
Summer Term (1st)
- FND 252 Nutrition in the Life Cycle (3 credits – 8 weeks)
- FND 310 Introduction to Foods (2 credits – 8 weeks)
- FND 310L Introduction fo Foods Lab (2 credits – 8 weeks)
Fall Semester (1st)
- FND 370 Nutrition Education and Application Strategies (3 credits – 16 weeks)
- FND 430 Nutrition Assessment and Intervention (2 credits – 16 weeks)
- FND 430L Nutrition Assessment and Intervention Laboratory (1 credit lab – 16 weeks)
Spring Semester (1st)
- FND 431 Medical Nutrition Intervention (2 credits – 16 weeks)
- FND 431L Medical Nutrition Intervention Laboratory (1 credit lab – 16 weeks)
- FND 451 Advanced Nutrition (3 credits – 16 weeks)
Summer Term (2nd)
- FND 320 Nutrition Applications in Foodservice (2 credits – 8 weeks)
- FND 320L Nutrition Applications in Foodservice Laboratory (1 credit lab – 8 weeks)
- FND 452 Community Nutrition (3 credits – 8 weeks)
Fall Semester (2nd)
- FND 410 Professional Development Seminar (2 credits – 16 weeks)
- FND 446 Food Service Systems Management (3 credits – 16 weeks)
- FND 446L Food Service Systems Management Laboratory (1 credit lab – 16 weeks)
Dietetics Bachelor of Science Graduation Requirements
If you are earning a first bachelor's degree from UNC as part of this program you will need to complete 120 total credit hours, including the 30 DPD courses and the requirements below.
Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Coursework
UNC requires a set of courses intended to provide a core of liberal arts knowledge and skills that will make you a continual learner across disciplines. Many of these courses will hopefully be fulfilled from your transferred credit.
View the current LAC requirements and policies. The lists of course requirements by category are available at the bottom of the page.
Please note additional LAC stipulations for this program:
- For Area 1: your hours must include SCI 291
- For Area 2: your hours must include STAT 150
- For Area 5: your hours must include PSY 120
- For Area 6: your hours must include BIO 110 and CHEM 111
Waiver of Liberal Arts Core Requirements
Individuals with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or a Bachelor’s degree (regardless of date of completion) from a regionally accredited public institution in the State of Colorado, will have their Liberal Arts Core requirements waived.
Individuals with an out-of-state or private institution degree will qualify for a waiver of Liberal Arts Core requirements if they have successfully completed at least one course in each of the following areas: Communication (Area 1), Mathematics (Area 2), Arts & Humanities (Area 3), History (Area 4), Social & Behavioral Sciences (Area 5), and Physical & Life Sciences (Area 6). If these requirements are not met, the student will need to fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts Core in full by the time of their UNC graduation.
You will complete additional credit hours to achieve the minimum credits required for UNC graduation. For this degree, that will typically be 23 credit hours.
Taking Prerequisite, LAC or Other Courses Online
If you are missing any of this coursework:
- The UNC Course Search – use the "Go to schedule of classes" button (many LAC course offerings are during Summer sessions; UNC does not currently have online LAC courses in the following subjects: Math, and Science with lab).
- The Colorado Online and Distance Education site lists a variety of online and independent study courses offered by Colorado 4-year state institutions.
- You can also search for online courses at Colorado Community Colleges Online.