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Nutritional Science Certificate Program

Program Overview

School: Seaver College
Location: Malibu
  • Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. 

Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)

What is an ISPP?

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 Nutritional Science Certificate Program-Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (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 either completed a bachelor's degree in nutrition OR have completed the DPD undergraduate nutrition courses with a bachelor's degree in another discipline. In addition, one must have submitted an acceptable application in the past 5 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 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, 800.877.1600, www.eatright.org/acend

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

Contact Information

To speak with someone about the program, please contact the NSCP-ISPP Director, Sunnie DeLano.

Application Deadline

Second round application process:

Please contact program director for additional instructions: sunnie.delano@pepperdine.edu

Tuition and Cost