Didactic Program in Dietetics Application Process and Admission Requirements

Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (R.D.N.) through ISU

To become a registered dietitian nutritionist, you must complete the requirements of the DPD, (the B.S. degree in Dietetics) dietetic internship and the registration exam.   Upon successful completion of a dietetic internship, the student will be verified as eligible to take the registration examination through the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) After passing the Registration Examination for Dietitians, the student can apply for state license.  ISU offers both the DPD and the Dietetic Internship. 

Applications for the professional component of the DPD are accepted once a year in February.

Appointments are awarded for fall semester for senior status and the following fall semester for junior status. Requirements for the DPD include: a 3.0 accumulative grade-point-average or above; completion of several of the ISU General Education requirements including several basic sciences and English, along with pre-requisite food and nutrition courses.

Applicants must complete the DPD application, a written letter of application, submit transcripts of all colleges an universities attended, and include an application fee of $20. The application deadline is February 15th. Applications may be obtained online at: http://www.isu.edu/hns/dietetics/didactic-admissions.shtml.

There are currently sixteen seats awarded annually in the DPD program. Applicants are reviewed and appointments made by the DPD selection committee, made up of several DPD faculty. As space is limited, fulfillment of specific requirements does not ensure admission into the program. Appointments are made and notifications sent by March 30th. Students receiving appointments must provide a written confirmation of acceptance by April 15th and pre-register for the appropriate courses for the upcoming fall semester.

Courses that must be completed with a grade no lower than a "C" prior to applying to the DPD include: CHEM 1101, 1102, 1103; BIOL 1101, 2221, 2223, 3301, 3302; ENGL 1101, 1102, and NTD 1104, 2204, and 2239. A course grade of "D" or lower in any Nutrition and Dietetics (NTD) prefix course and/or required course is unacceptable towards graduation and should be repeated.

Prospective students should schedule an advising appointment with the Program Director. The requirements of the program, curriculum, supervised practice experience, and registration examination is explained to prospective and current students in the program.

Application Process:

Students may only apply to the professional component of the DPD in the spring semester once requirements are met. Applicants must complete the DPD application, write a letter of application, submit transcripts of non ISU colleges and universities attended, and include an application fee of $20. Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received. The application deadline is February 15th.

Application should include the following:

  1. A completed DPD-application.doc.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities other than Idaho State University.
  3. A typed letter of application stating reasons for selected dietetics as a career and professional goals.
  4. A non-refundable application fee of $20.00 (make check payable to the Dietetic Programs).
  5. Put all materials together in one large envelope and send to the address below.

NOTE: Students accepted into the dietetics program must have started the hepatitis B series shots and TB screening, by the fall semester of the senior year.  This can be done by the ISU Health Center, a private physician, or a clinic.

Accepted students must submit proof of updated and acceptable MMR Vaccines (Mumps, Measles, and Rubella) and Varicella (Chicken pox).

Applications should be sent to:

Laura McKnight, MPH, RD, LD
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics, (DPD)
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave
STOP 8117
Pocatello, ID 83209-8117
(208) 282-2961
(208) 282-3937 fax
Email: mcknlaur@isu.edu

Admission Requirements:

  1. GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale in required courses.
  2. Completion of required courses listed under pre-dietetics with no course grade lower than a C- in any of the following classes: CHEM 1101, 1102, 1103; BIOL 1101; BIOL 2221, 221L, 3301, 3302; ENG 1101, 1102; and NTD 1104, 2204, 2239. See General Bulletin for course requirements (pre-dietetics). Fulfillment of specific requirements does not ensure admission into the program.
  3. Completion of ISU general education requirements is strongly suggested prior to applying and must be completed before graduation

Graduation Requirements:

Students planning to graduate should apply for graduation at least one semester before all requirements are completed.  A graduation/diploma fee must be paid at the Office of Registration and Records.  Upon successful completion of the undergraduate program requirements, students receive a BS degree in Dietetics. 


Dietetic Programs

(208) 282-5719

(208) 282-3937

Garrison 603 (physical address)

921 South 8th Avenue, Stop 8117 (mailing address)

Idaho State University Pocatello, ID 83209-8117

Accredited By

ACEND: Accreditation Council For Education in Nutrition and Dietetics with in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

800/877-1600, ext. 5400
Fax: 312/899-4817


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209

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