University of Vermont

Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Dietetics (DNFS) Degree

Field of Growth...Guaranteed

Dr. Lizzy in grocery fruit aisle Dietetics is a growing profession as health care moves from treatment to prevention. Health-care reform and policies discussed in Washington and across the country all include prevention related components. Although many health professionals are interested in prevention, Registered Dietitians are at the cutting edge of prevention, because so many preventable diseases and conditions are tied to food and nutrition.

With UVM's dietetics major you'll graduate with a background in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, food service management, research, nutrition education, and professional behavior. By completing the dietetics major, you will also complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD Program), and be able to obtain a verification statement which makes you eligible to apply to an internship or supervised practice program in order to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.).  

Registered Dietitians are credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Requirements for being a Registered Dietitian include the following:

  • Step 1: Complete a minimum of a bachelor's degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college and the DPD coursework accredited or approved by Accreditation Council for Education and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  By successfully completing the dietetics major at UVM you will finish this step!
  • Step 2: Complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length.
  • Step 3: Pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR's Web site at
  • Step 4: Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

Your dietetics major provides you with a bachelor's degree and accredited coursework to become a Registered Dietitian, which is the first step mentioned above. Students in the dietetics major may apply to supervised practice in their senior year or after graduation and then complete the national examination. The dietetics program provides students with guidance for application to supervised practice, but cannot guarantee acceptance or admission to these programs. As demographics change with increased numbers of students graduating with bachelor's degrees from dietetics programs the competition for supervised practice programs has greatly increased. However, we're proud of the dietetics program at UVM and the successes our graduates have had, and we will support you throughout your journey to become an R.D.!

For information regarding the program or program objective assessment contact Dr. Lizzy Pope, Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at UVM.

The DPD program at UVM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040 ext. 5400.

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