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Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics (Didactic Program in Dietetics)

Application Deadlines

September 15 at 5pm
March 15 at 5pm

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is an academic program designed to present the fundamental knowledge to prepare students for a career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) or graduate school. Completion of the DPD program enables students to apply to a supervised practice program - Dietetic Internship (DI) or a graduate program. Students completing the DPD program at UNM will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree and receive a verification statement upon graduation, required to apply to an accredited DI. Upon successful completion of the DI, graduates are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians, administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN).

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of New Mexico Didactic Program in Dietetics is to prepare graduates to successfully enter an ACEND Accredited Dietetic Internship, graduate program, or a professional career in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

DPD Student Handbook

The DPD handbook provides information regarding the curriculum, required DPD courses, suggested course sequencing, admission and graduation requirements, advisement, policies about student rights, suspensions, complaints, expenses and student activities. All students are responsible for understanding and following the policies and procedure described in the DPD Handbook .

Admission Requirements

Students will enter the university designated as pre-dietetics students. During the spring semester of their second year, interested students must apply to the DPD program.

All students wishing to major in Nutrition/Dietetics must apply for admission to the DPD program online. Application information is posted on the Nutrition/Dietetics Program website.

Admission criteria are:

  1. Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (including all transfer and UNM credit)
  2. Completion of the following courses with a grade of B- or better: NUTR 2110 and CHEM 1215
  3. Transfer Students: Completion of at least 9 credit hours of courses at UNM.

Please download the application packet that will help you in preparing all the necessary documentation required for the application.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The University of New Mexico awards more than $50 million every year in a variety of  scholarships. There are more than 40 different scholarships available through the College of Education. The online scholarship application page explains all the requirements, deadlines, and other details for incoming freshmen, transfer, and current students. Updated information regarding financial aid can be found at the UNM Financial Aid Office.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, students must complete all of the required DPD courses:

DPD Professional Courses

NUTR 2110 Human Nutrition
NUTR 320 Methods in Nutrition Education
NUTR 321 Management in Dietetics
NUTR 344 Energy Nutrients in Human Nutrition
NUTR 345 Vitamins and Minerals in Human Nutrition
NUTR 330L Principles of Food Science
NUTR 406 Community Nutrition
NUTR 424 Nutrition in the Lifecycle
NUTR 427 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
NUTR 428 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
NUTR 445 Applied Nutrition and Exercise

DPD Science Courses

BIOL 1140, 1140L Biology for the Health Related Sciences an Non-major/Lab
BIOL 2210 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2210L Anatomy and Physiology Lab
BIOL 2225 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2225L Anatomy and Physiology Lab
BIOL 2305L Microbiology for Health Sciences
CHEM 1215, 1215L General Chemistry I/Lab
CHEM 1225, 1225L General Chemistry II/Lab
CHEM 301 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 302 Organic Chemistry II
BIOC 423 Introduction to Biochemistry or
BIOC 446 Intensive Biochemistry
MATH 1350 Introduction to Problems and Statistics
PSYCH 1110 General Psychology
PEP 326L Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology

Students must earn a grade of C or better on all other required nutrition courses. CR (credit) grades are not accepted for any required courses unless they are courses specifically carrying only CR/NC grades.

Goals and Objectives

Goal #1: The Program will prepare competent graduates to enter and complete ACEND accredited supervised practice programs (dietetic internships).

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Objective 1. At least 80% of program full-time students will complete program requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).

Objective 2. At least 80% of program part-time students will complete program requirements within 5 years (250% of the program length).

Objective 3: At least 60% of DPD program graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.

Objective 4: At least 80% of graduates who apply to dietetic internships will be admitted into a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.

Objective 5: The program‘s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of their first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionist is at least 80%.

Objective 6: At least 80% of graduates will feel prepared with the knowledge and skills to begin their chosen career path.

Goal #2: The Program will prepare students to work effectively with multicultural populations.

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Objective 1. At least 80% of Program graduates who respond to the graduate exit survey will indicate that they feel prepared to work with a multicultural population.

Objective 2. Within 12 months of graduation, at least 80% of employers or supervisors who respond will indicate that graduating students are able to work effectively with multicultural populations.

Core Knowledge Outcomes

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Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

KRDN 1.1 Demonstrate how to locate, interpret, evaluate and use professional literature to make ethical, evidence-based practice decisions.

KRDN 1.2 Use current information technologies to locate and apply evidence-based guidelines and protocols.

KRDN 1.3 Apply critical thinking skills.

KRDN 2.1 Demonstrate effective and professional oral and written communication and documentation.

KRDN 2.2 Describe the governance of nutrition and dietetics practice, such as the Scope of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice and the Code of Ethics for the Profession of Nutrition and Dietetics; and describe interprofessional relationships in various practice settings.

KRDN 2.3 Assess the impact of a public policy position on nutrition and dietetics practice.

KRDN 2.4 Discuss the impact of health care policy and different health care delivery systems on food and nutrition services.

KRDN 2.5 Identify and describe the work of interprofessional teams and the roles of others with whom the registered dietitian nutritionist collaborates in the delivery of food and nutrition services.

KRDN 2.6 Demonstrate an understanding of cultural competence/sensitivity.

KRDN 2.7 Demonstrate identification with the nutrition and dietetics profession through activities such as participation in professional organizations and defending a position on issues impacting the nutrition and dietetics profession.

KRDN 2.8 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance and expectations of a professional in mentoring and precepting others.

KRDN 3.1 Use the Nutrition Care Process to make decisions, identify nutrition-related problems and determine and evaluate nutrition interventions.

KRDN 3.2 Develop an educational session or program/educational strategy for a target population.

KRDN 3.3 Demonstrate counseling and education methods to facilitate behavior change and enhance wellness for diverse individuals and groups.

KRDN 3.4 Explain the processes involved in delivering quality food and nutrition services.

KRDN 3.5 Describe basic concepts of nutritional genomics.

KRDN 4.1 Apply management theories to the development of programs or services.

KRDN 4.2 Evaluate a budget and interpret financial data.

KRDN 4.3 Describe the regulation system related to billing and coding, what services are reimbursable by third party payers, and how reimbursement may be obtained.

KRDN 4.4 Apply the principles of human resource management to different situations.

KRDN 4.5 Describe safety principles related to food, personnel and consumers.

KRDN 4.6 Analyze data for assessment and evaluate data to be used in decision-making for continuous quality improvement.