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.

ACEND-Accredited

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).

ACEND Announcement

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: 

Graduate Degree Registration Eligibility Requirement Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Degree Registration Eligibility Requirement Student Option Scenarios

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.

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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)
Fall Semester (1st)
Spring Semester (1st)
Summer Term (2nd)
Fall Semester (2nd)

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.

University-Wide Credits

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:

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