As a University of Vermont Dietetics major, you will graduate with a background in clinical nutrition, community nutrition, food service management, research, and nutrition education. UVM's Dietetics major is a nationally-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), which means you will be eligible to apply to an internship or supervised practice program in order to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) upon graduating from UVM.
The DPD program at UVM prepares graduates to be successful in dietetic internships, graduate schools and/or employment. Dietetic majors graduate with the knowledge and skills in science, nutrition, critical thinking, sustainability and cultural competency to excel in their careers.
Note: 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). Check out UVM's Master of Science in Dietetics program here. >>
Experiential Education in Dietetics
As a Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Sciences major at UVM, you will have the chance to explore a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities. UVM student Nicole Cirilli describes hers: "I'm having a really amazing experience in the Montana Dietetics Internship. The focus is sustainable food systems. We spend the first few weeks in a professional development rotation, then the latter half of the summer working with local farms, cooking, hosting educational events, studying culinary medicine, and learning about fermentation." Explore Internships and Research. >>
- Breadth of Knowledge Courses:
- NFS 1043: Fundamentals of Nutrition
- NFS 1044: Survey of the Field
- NFS 1053: Basic Concepts of Food
- NFS 1073: Farm to Table
- NFS 3203: Food Microbiology
- NFS 3213: Food Microbiology Lab
- NFS 3243: Advanced Nutrition
- NFS 3286: NFS Senior Seminar
- Depth of Knowledge Courses:
- NFS 1034: Servsafe Certification Course
- NFS 2143: Nutrition in the Life Cycle
- NFS 3223: Nutrition Education and Counseling
- NFS 3250: Foodservice Systems
- NFS 3260: Clinical Nutrition 1
- NFS 3261: Clinical Nutrition 2
- NFS 3262: Community Nutrition
- NFS 3890: Community Praticum
- BIOC 3063: Nutritional Biochemistry
- BUS 1610, or BUS 1190, or CDAE 2580
- BUS 2300: Principles Mangement and Organizational Behavior
- HLTH 1030: Medical Terminology
*General and CALS Core Curriculum requirements are found in the 4-year Academic Plan as well as in the Checklist of Required Courses located in the column on the right hand side of this page
The faculty advisor-student connection can be one of the most significant aspects of college life. Academic advisors provide critical guidance and assistance with course selection and career planning each semester. They offer valuable career information, often can help in securing useful and exciting practical experience and frequently connect graduates with their own professional network.
Nutrition and Food Science (NFS) majors will have a faculty advisor assigned to them. Students considering majoring in NFS should contact Dr. Todd Pritchard, our faculty advisor for potential majors. In your email to Dr. Todd please include days and times you are available and Dr. Todd will let you know what day and time also works for him to meet with you. If you are a current UVM student wishing to transfer into NFS, or you have college credits at another higher education institution and want to transfer into UVM/NFS, including your transcript with the email is also helpful.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). What Are the Requirements for Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?
- Step 1: Complete a bachelor’s degree and earn a Verification Statement by completing an ACEND-accredited program like a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). By successfully completing the Dietetics concentration 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 www.cdrnet.org.
- Step 4: Complete any material needed for licensure/certification in desired state. Vermont does not require RDNs to be licensed but does have a voluntary certification process. You can find out more about licensure/certification from CDR here: https://www.eatrightpro.org/advocacy/licensure/licensure-map
- Step 5: Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
Note: In 2024 a Master's Degree will be required to become an RDN. The master's degree can be completed on its own, or in a coordinated program with supervised practice. The master's degree can be in any field.
What is the Policy for Obtaining a Verification Statement from UVM?
- All UVM dietetics majors will be issued three copies of their verification statement after completion of their B.S. degree.
- Students with other UVM majors, and students graduating from other colleges or universities need to adhere to the following guidelines.
◦Complete at least FOUR NFS courses at the 200 level or above at UVM. Verification statements WILL NOT be issued to students who have not completed this four course requirement.
◦International students must provide a foreign degree equivalency statement from a not-for-profit agency.
◦Make sure all courses on the DPD checklist are completed, and any substitutions have been approved by the DPD director.
◦Provide the DPD director with copies of all transcripts denoting courses used to satisfy the DPD courses.
◦The DPD director will complete six copies of the Verification Statement and mail them to the student.
Assessment of Prior Learning:
- For degree-seeking students, the DPD does not grant prior learning or competence credit other than that allowed by University policy for military training and service and Academic Learning Integrated with Volunteer Experience through AmeriCorps Vista.
- For transfer students, the DPD Director will use the Transfer Guide from UVM’s Registrar’s Office to assess which courses from other schools are equivalent to UVM courses. The Transfer Guide can be found here: https://www.uvm.edu/registrar/transfer-guide. If a course or school is not listed in the guide, the UVM DPD Director will work with the Office of Transfer Affairs to assess course syllabi and determine appropriate course equivalencies.
- For students who are seeking only to obtain a Verification Statement and not a degree, the DPD will assess prior learning experience on a case-by-case basis. Students wishing to have their prior learning assessed must submit thorough documentation of the experience that they would like to substitute for a DPD course. The DPD program director will consult with other faculty as necessary, request additional information from the candidate as needed, and make a determination.
Where Does Completing the DPD Program Take You?
When you complete the UVM DPD program, you will be given a verification statement, indicating that you have in fact completed all the DPD requirements. The verification statement is required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to apply to an internship or supervised practice program to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Completing the DPD coursework is the first step on the path to becoming a RDN.
What's Next? Grad School or Interning in the Field?
Many students who complete the UVM dietetics program want to continue their education to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. The UVM DPD program prepares you to pursue licensure/registration in every state.
Once you've completed the DPD program, the next step to becoming a Registered Dietetitan is to enroll in a:
- dietetics internship
- masters degree program
- or a coordinated program that combines both the dietetic internship and the masters degree into one program (like UVM's MSD program).
A Master's Degree will be required to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist starting in 2024. The Master's Degree can be in any field.
Which Program is Right for Me?
Please note: If you are searching for a coordinated program make sure to select the check-box that limits your search to "Only Programs that Result in a Graduate Degree," as you will already have your undergraduate degree once you graduate from the UVM dietetics program.
Are There Multiple Pathways to Career Success for a DNFS Major?
Didn't get that internship you were expecting, or decided to wait? Here's what some of our alums are doing with their DNFS degree:
Program Mission, Goals and Objectives:
Mission: To prepare students with the knowledge and skill to be successful in supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a dedication to lifelong learning, the ability ot effectively communicate, analyze, problem-solve, think critically, and work with others, and an understanding and appreciation of individual, community, and cultural differences.
Goals and Objectives:
Goal 1: Program graduates will be well prepared to be successful in dietetic internships, graduate schools, and/or employment.
- At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within three years (150% of the program length)”. (RE 3.3.b.1)
- Fifty percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation”. (RE 3.3.b.2)
- Fifty percent of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation”. (RE 3.3.b.3.a)
- The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%”. (RE 3.3.b.3.b)
- 90% of supervised practice program directors will rate graduates’ preparation for supervised practice in the good/excellent category on the annual Program Director Survey.
- At least 50% of students not applying to supervised practice will go onto graduate or professional programs or work in a nutrition-related field within one year after graduation
- At least 80% of one-year alumni will rate their preparation for supervised practice, graduate school, or employment as satisfactory or better
Goal 2: Program graduates will know how food systems and weight inclusivity relate to dietetics practice.
- 80% of program graduates will feel confident in their knowledge of how dietetics relates to the larger food system.
- 80% of program graduates will feel confident in applying a weight inclusive perspective in dietetics practice
- 80% of one-year alumni will rate their preparation in food systems as satisfactory or better
- 80% of one-year alumni will rate their preparation in weight inclusive practice as satisfactory or better
For specific objectives for each program goal please review the DPD Student Handbook.
Program outcomes are available upon request.
For more information regarding the program contact:
Dr. Lizzy Pope, PhD, RDN, Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at UVM.
DPD Student Handbook
Dietetics Juniors and Seniors: Internship/Grad Program Prep Information
At UVM we want you to achieve YOUR professional goals. We offer a senior seminar class, NFS 4286, to help prepare seniors for application to internships/grad school as well as consider career planning.
For juniors, we conduct a workshop in the spring semester to provide an overview of the application process and what you can do to make your application stand out.
DICAS Required Course List
Beginning in 2014 all students planning to apply to internships through the computer matching application (DICAS) will need to include the above course list with their application materials. Any courses on the required course list should be inputted in the DICAS system as "DPD Courses," even English, Speech, and other Humanities Courses. Because UVM requires them as part of the DPD, they count as DICAS DPD courses.