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Nutritional Science Certificate Program

Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)

The Pepperdine Nutritional Science Certificate Program-Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (NSCP-ISPP) will be on hiatus for the academic year of 2023-2024 as we develop changes to the program curriculum.Please contact Sunnie DeLano, DHPE, RDN, (310.506.7064) should you have any further questions.

In September 2011, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics announced the development of Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways or ISPPs ("ispeys") which are intended to add supervised practice capacity through ACEND-accredited dietetics programs, while providing student protections missing from the unaccredited models of the past. Programs that host ISPPs must be accredited in good standing by ACEND and must assure compliance with ACEND accreditation standards including those addressing supervised practice. Pepperdine has recently been approved by ACEND to provide ISPPs.

Eligibility for Pepperdine's NSCP-ISPP

The ISPP program is not a graduate degree program and in order to be eligible for the certificate program-ISPP at Pepperdine, one must have completed a master’s degree in any field from an accredited University and hold a DPD verification statement from either a bachelor's or master’s degree program. In addition, one must have submitted an acceptable application in the past five years to DICAS through a previous national match and been unmatched to any supervised practice program.

ISPP candidates should meet the minimum application standards of Pepperdine University and hold a DPD Verification Statement along with proof of a D & D Digital unsuccessful matching. There are ten (10) spots available that will be awarded on a year-by-year basis from qualified applicants.

*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: 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 ISPP program at Pepperdine University are eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.


Program Accreditation

Pepperdine University Nutritional Science DPD has been granted initial accreditation at the baccalaureate level until 2023 by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 800.877.1600, www.eatright.org

All program outcomes data is available upon request, susan.helm@pepperdine.edu

Application Information

  • The NSCP-ISPP is on hiatus for the academic year of 2023-2024.
  • Contact for questions contact Sunnie DeLano, program director.

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