Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Path to Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at California State University, Long Beach is an undergraduate program that fulfills the academic requirements to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and skills to enable them to be eligible to apply to and to perform successfully in a dietetic internship upon graduation, as part of their path to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD or RDN)

Students who complete the DPD will receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Dietetics and Food Administration, Option in Nutrition and Dietetics, Concentration in Dietetics. Students take a pre-defined program of study that includes a variety of subjects, ranging from food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, computer science, culinary arts, sociology, and communication to science courses such as biochemistry, food science, physiology, microbiology, and chemistry.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: To best serve students and to align with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), this program is currently in the process of being recalibrated to meet new standards. Please re-visit this site for important notifications and changes that are expected in 2023 and 2024.