Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
Learning is intimately connected with living well. Our Nutritional Science program prepares students for a vocation to serve others by providing adequate nutrition. The overall objective of our DPD is to prepare students to integrate and apply scientific principles of food, nutrition, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, physiology, management, and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain the health of the public.
The major of Nutritional Science exists to prepare students to integrate and apply scientific principles of food, nutrition, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, physiology, management, and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain the health of the public.
Program Goal 1:
The Nutritional Science DPD program will provide the student with the knowledge requirements of didactic education in dietetics for successful participation in dietetic internships and/or post-baccalaureate programs; passing the registration examination for entry-level dietitians; continued lifelong learning; and productive future careers in nutrition, public health and dietetics.
Program Objectives for Goal 1:
- 1.1 Over a 5-year period, the pass rate for graduates taking the exam for the first time will be at least 80%. (2008 ERAS CADE required outcome)
- 1.2 Over a 5-year period, 70% or more of graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within 3 months of program completion. (2008 ERAS CADE-required outcome)
- 1.3 Over a 5-year period, 60% of DPD graduates will apply to supervised practice programs the academic year they complete the program will be completed. (2008 ERAS CADE-required outcome)
- 1.4 100% of graduates will be examined and passed by a mock registration exam.
- 1.5 By middle of senior year in program, 100% of students will have received instruction specifically about graduate school choices in nutrition, dietetics, or foodservice.
- 1.6 DPD will comply with the Standards in Education as outlined by CADE (Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education), now ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) of the ADA (American Dietetic Association), now AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).
- 1.7 90% of the DPD students will be accepted into an ACEND accredited dietetic internship.
- 1.8 100% of DPD students will create and maintain a student and academic portfolio.
- 1.9 70% of DPD graduates will rate their preparation for the dietetic internship experiences as satisfactory.
- 1.10 80% of employers of DPD graduates will rate the student's preparation as satisfactory.
Program Goal 2:
The Nutritional Science DPD program will prepare students to integrate research using current technology in the advancement and dissemination of knowledge related to dietetics and nutrition as an applied science.
Program Objectives for Goal 2:
- 2.1 100% of students can analyze results and draw reasonable conclusions from them.
- 2.2 100% of students can locate appropriate sources by searching both electronic and print databases.
- 2.3 100% of students can distinguish between science and pseudoscience.
- 2.4 100% of students will prepare a grant proposal and present research about AND defined current public health concerns and international nutrition issues.
- 2.5 100% of DPD courses will integrate nutrition research principles, evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice into the course content and evaluations.
- 2.6. 100% of DPD students will demonstrate competence in the use of appropriate productivity tools (Word Processing, spreadsheets, graphic programs, PowerPoint, Excel, web-based discussion groups, and statistical analysis programs).
Program Goal 3:
The Nutritional Science DPD program will prepare students to assume roles in leadership, management, and policy development.
Program Objectives for Goal 3:
- 3.1 80% of DPD graduates will be members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- 3.2 80% of DPD graduates will continue membership in the AND during the dietetic internship.
- 3.3 60% of DPD graduates will enter the profession will continue membership through the next five years.
- 3.4 100% of DPD graduates will participate in self-evaluations of teamwork and leadership.
- 3.5 50% of DPD students will identify a mentor in a professional organization, such as CDA (California Dietetic Association), now CAND (California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), or the Los Angeles Dietetic Association (LAD).
- 3.6 70% of DPD students will attend the annual CDA meeting.
- 3.7 70% of DPD students will attend Public Policy Day and/or complete the Washington D.C. internship on Nutrition policy with the National Institutes of Health.
- 3.8 90% of DPD students will participate in student organizations, including SDA (the Student Dietetic Association) at Seaver College.
Pepperdine University Nutritional Science DPD has been granted initial accreditation at the baccalaureate level until 2023 by the Accreditation Council in Nutrition and Dietetics of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois, 60606-6995, 800.877.1600, www.eatright.org/acend.
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Current ACEND news! Master's now required prior to complete Supervised Practice Program.
The Commission on Dietetic Registration has a new requirement for a minimum of a master’s degree to take the credentialing exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists beginning in 2024. According to ACEND:
“Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require
a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become
a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration
examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility
requirements and be submitted into CDR’s registration Eligibility Processing System
(REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023.”
For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website at https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD program at Pepperdine University are eligible to apply to an ACEND accredited supervised practice program and apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.
To speak with someone about the program, please contact the DPD Director, Susan Helm.
Office: Rockwell Academic Center (RAC), room 111
24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263
Office Phone: 310.506.4325
Natural Science Division Phone: 310.506.4321