Skip to main content

Search NYU Steinhardt

In order to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, you must complete an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).

The curricula of the following undergraduate Nutrition degrees include the necessary DPD courses:

Please note: you do not need to complete a DPD before applying to the MS 40-credit Clinical Nutrition program or the MPH Public Health Nutrition Program.

NYU DPD Mission

The NYU DPD strives to educate students on the role of food, nutrition, and health in society. Integrating knowledge and research into coursework, the program provides students with an understanding of basic sciences, and theoretical and applied aspects of nutrition and dietetics to facilitate preparation of students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian. 

Goals

  1. Graduates will have basic and applied knowledge of food, nutrition, and dietetics derived from the best possible research and evidence.

  2. Graduates will be prepared for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. 

Please see the DPD Handbook for corresponding objectives for each goal.

When to Take DPD Courses

Undergraduate Students

The necessary DPD courses are included within our undergraduate Nutrition program curricula.

Graduate Students

You are not required to take the DPD courses prior to applying to the 40-credit MS. Rather, you can take them while matriculated in the degree. Please note, however, that undergraduate-level DPD courses will not count toward the master's degree. 

Students who may have already met the requirements of one or more of the NYU DPD courses, must discuss this with the DPD advisor Steven Ho (steven.ho@nyu.edu) at the time of admission. The advisor will review students’ transcripts and may also request additional materials (e.g., course descriptions, syllabi, examples of course work) to determine if the course(s) meet NYU DPD requirements. Without advisor approval, the course will not be accepted.

To receive a DPD Verification of program completion from NYU, students must take at least 29 credits at NYU and get pre-approval from DPD adviser Steven Ho for all DPD courses taken outside NYU. Courses taken at two-year colleges that do not have an ACEND-accredited DTR program do not meet NYU DPD requirements.

DPD and Dietetic Internships

Completing a dietetic internship is part of the process of becoming a Registered Dietitian. You may apply to dietetic internships in your final semester of taking DPD courses, but all DPD courses must be completed prior to starting the internship.

DPD Course Requirements

All courses taken to meet DPD requirements must be approved by a graduate nutrition/DPD adviser and completed prior to receiving a DPD Verification of program completion. 

DPD courses may not be taken for graduate credit with the exception of Research Methods, NUTR-GE 2190, and Nutrition Education, NUTR-GE 2199. DPD courses taken for graduate credit outside of NYU, whether prior to or after matriculation, will not be counted toward the graduate degree at NYU.  

The following courses constitute NYU Steinhardt's DPD. For help with planning the sequences in which these courses must be taken and obtain the approval of a graduate adviser or the DPD advisor.

CHEM-UA 120
Intro to Modern Chemistry
5 Credits
CHEM-UA 210
Principles of Organic & Biological Chemistry
5 Credits
NUTR-UE 1023
NUTR-UE 1068
NUTR-UE 1064
NUTR-UE 91
NUTR-UE 119

OR

NUTR-UE 1260
NUTR-UE 1269
NUTR-UE 1052
NUTR-UE 1184
NUTR-UE 1209
NUTR-UE 1117

OR

NUTR-GE 2190
PSYCH-UA 1
Introduction to Psychology
4 Credits

Completion of all DPD courses including the undergraduate and graduate seminars is required for DPD verification of program completion. DPD verification will not be conferred for any department DPD course grade less than C. Undergraduate students are expected to maintain a GPA of 2.5; graduate students are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.0. Undergraduate DPD verification completion date is the date of degree conferral. Graduate DPD verification completion is the last day of the semester in which DPD coursework was completed. This applies to the MS, MPH, and 5-year (BS/MS and BS/MPH) programs.

DPD and Supervised Practice Programs
(Dietetic Internships)

Completing a dietetic internship is part of the process of becoming a Registered Dietitian. You may apply to dietetic internships in your final semester of taking DPD courses, but all DPD courses must be completed prior to starting the internship.

Licensure and Certification

Forty-eight states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia currently regulate the dietetics profession or associated titles, e.g., RDN.  Compliance with either licensure or certification requirements is generally necessary for RDNs to practice in a specific state. Certification regulates the RDN credential in New York State. RDNs who have completed an accredited baccalaureate or post graduate program in nutrition are eligible for the Certified Dietitian Nutritionist. Detailed information on licensure and certification and state specific regulations are available from the Academy.

DPD Handbook

Download the DPD handbook for more information on becoming an RDN and for detailed policy and procedure that applies to the program.

Download the DPD Handbook

Accreditation Information

The NYU Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2290, Chicago, IL 60606-6995 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400, until June 2023. 

To become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), students must complete a minimum of a bachelor's degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work [Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)] accredited by ACEND, complete a supervised practice program accredited by ACEND, and pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become an RDN. Effective January 1, 2024, CDR will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the exam. See the fact sheet for detailed information on the profession of nutrition and dietetics and the RDN.

Additional eligibility requirements for the credentialing exam can be obtained from Coordinated Programs, Future Education Model Graduate Programs, DPD ISPPs, Doctorate ISPPs, Registration Eligibility Reciprocity, Canadian Registered Dietitian, and International Dietetics Programs. The pathways to exam candidacy are described on the CDR exam eligibility webpage.

How to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Explore the full set of requirements for becoming an RDN after completing your DPD.

Learn More
Chart

Clinical Nutrition Glossary

Please check our glossary for definitions of some of the terms used on this page.

View the Glossary
Nutrition Doctoral Student Biographies