Accreditation Information

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Concentrations
Graduates with the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition help others by living and teaching healthful nutrition practices and wellness lifestyles. Christian values and ethics are encouraged in any area of nutrition the student chooses. Students may declare Nutrition as a major with a concentration in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), Exercise Science, Community, or Food Service. Entry into the DPD requires a formal application process. Below are details concerning the concentrations in Nutrition.

Didactic Program in Dietetics Concentration (NDPD)
The Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND a division of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). Entry into the DPD requires a formal application process. Students who are interested in becoming Registered Dietitians may apply to the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) after passing 60 hours through a formal application and interview process. Transfer students or current students wishing to change their major may also apply to the DPD after passing 60 hours and having taken at least 6 hours of nutrition courses at ACU. A GPA of 3.2 is required for entrance into the DPD. Graduates of the DPD are prepared to enter dietetic internships, after which they may sit for the Examination for Registered Dietitians. Registered Dietitians may find employment in healthcare facilities, community and public health nutrition programs, other government entities, private practice, school nutrition programs, sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs, university education, research, sales, marketing, restaurant management, and food companies.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
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DPD Mission, Goals, Outcomes
Criteria for Admittance into the DPD
Shortage of Internship Positions
DPD Student Handbook (Revised September 2016)

Didactic Program in Dietetics majors may apply to dietetic internships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics as they are completing the DPD requirements.

Verification statements will be issued to students by the Director of the DPD upon graduation or completion of the DPD requirements. These verification statements can be provided to Dietetic Internship Directors when applying to dietetic internships.

Some states have Licensure for Dietitians. Students who desire to obtain licensure should check about the requirements in their state. Below are the requirements for applying for Licensure for Dietitians in Texas:

  • Bachelor's or graduate degree with major in human nutrition, food and nutrition, nutrition education, dietetics, or food systems management, or equivalent internship and preplanned professional experience approved by the Board
  • Successful completion of an examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association.