Dietetics BS or Didactic Program
in Dietetics (DPD-Only)—
Online Didactic Programs
An ACEND (formerly CADE) Accredited Online Bachelor's Degree
or Dietetics-Coursework-Only Program
The University of Northern Colorado offers a distance-based Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). This includes the full Dietetics Bachelor of Science for those without a bachelor's degree or those seeking a 2nd bachelor's degree; or a DPD-only program for those with a bachelor's who are seeking to complete the DPD requirements.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of Northern Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Dietetics and Nutrition Education (ACEND, formerly CADE) and adheres to the knowledge, skills, and competencies described by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND, formerly the American Dietetic Association). Accreditation Commission for Dietetics and Nutrition Education (ACEND): 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000 Chicago, IL 60606; Phone: (312) 899-5400.
The Distance Dietetic Program (DDP) is the same as our on-campus CADE-accredited program; however it is designed to be more accessible for students who have employment and/or family commitments that preclude participating in a full-time on-campus experience.
The DDP offers 10 courses online; the rest of the required courses are taken at a regionally accredited institution where you live or online and transferred in to UNC. You may desire to complete your bachelor’s degree in dietetics or, if you already have a bachelor’s degree, you may choose just to complete the requirements of the Didactic Program in Dietetics which enables you to apply for dietetic internships on your path to becoming a registered dietitian. Either way this program can meet your needs.
NOTE: The Summer 2014 program entry will be filled with students who have already had their transcripts evaluated. The Dietetics department will open to accept transcripts and assign advisors on July 1 for the Summer 2015 start. Submitting your materials at that time is highly recommended.
We encourage you to visit the Distance Dietetic Program (DDP) website for more detailed information and additional resources.
The Dietetics BS degree is also offered as a traditional on-campus DPD program.
Contact the Distance Dietetic Program
Contact the Distance Dietetic Program
Academic Program Coordinator for Distance Dietetics Program
Student Services Coordinator
Academic Program Coordinator for Didactic Program in Dietetics
Course of Study
The Distance Dietetic Program Curriculum includes 23 courses. Descriptions of these courses and their prerequisites can be found in the Distance Dietetic Program Curriculum Guide. Listed below are the online DDP courses (10 courses, 31 credits) and the sequence in which they are offered. Spring and fall semesters follow a 15-week semester format. Summer term courses are offered in an 8-week format.
Distance Dietetic Program Curriculum
Summer Semester (1st)
FND 252 Nutrition in the Life Cycle (3 credits – 8 weeks)
FND 310 Introduction to Foods (4 credits – 8 weeks)
Fall Semester (1st)
FND 370 Nutrition Education and Application Strategies (3 credits – 15 weeks)
FND 430 Nutrition Assessment and Intervention (2 credits – 15 weeks)
FND 430L Lab for FND 430 (1 credit – 15 weeks)
Spring Semester (1st)
FND 431 Medical Nutrition Intervention (2 credits – 15 weeks)
FND 431L Lab for FND 431 (1 credit – 15 weeks)
FND 451 Advanced Nutrition (3 credits – 15 weeks)
Summer Term (2nd)
FND 320 Nutrition Applications in Foodservice (2 credits – 8 weeks)
FND 320L Lab for FND 320 (1 credit – 8 weeks)
FND 452 Community Nutrition (3 credits – 8 weeks)
Fall Semester (2nd)
FND 410 Professional Development Seminar (2 credits – 15 weeks)
FND 446 Food Service Systems Management (3 credits – 15 weeks)
FNP 446L Lab for FND 446 (1 credit – 15 weeks)
Your degree together with your completion of the DDP requirements will earn you a Verification Statement that will permit you to apply for dietetic internships. For more information go to the American Dietetic Association website.
Admission Requirements and Transfer Credit
The Distance Dietetic Program suggests that you submit the transcript evaluation form and your sealed official transcripts for review and they will assist you with determining which requirements below have been properly fulfilled. Please see the Get Started section below.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above on a 4.0 scale including courses to be transferred and those completed at UNC.
- Junior status (≥ 60 semester credit hours by time of program start).
- The following courses or transfer equivalents must be completed:
- BIO 110 Principles of Biology with Lab (4) Grade Requirement: ≥ C-
- CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I with Lab (5) Grade Requirement: ≥ C-
- FND 245 Introduction to Nutrition or 250 Principles of Nutrition (3)
- It is expected that the following courses or transfer equivalents have been completed or are in progress prior to program admittance:
- BIO 245 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (4)
- FND 210 Medical Terminology (2)
- PSY 120 Principles of Psychology (3)
- STAT 150 Introduction to Statistical Analysis (3)
- It is strongly recommended that the following course or its transfer equivalent be taken before the start of the program:
- CHEM 231 Principles of Organic Chemistry (3)
Eligibility by State
UNC has secured approval from almost every state, as required by new federal regulations, so that students are eligible to apply to online programs at UNC. However we are unable to accept applications at this time for our online programs from students residing in a few select states because their requirements, particularly application fees, for such approval are prohibitive. Please verify your Eligibility by State before applying.
Note: All international students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Students attending online while residing outside of the United States do not need student visas for admission.
Students are encouraged to have completed or to be working on completion of supporting courses and/or liberal arts core/general education courses if needed prior to registering for courses in the DDP. For those students who have taken or are taking supporting courses at a Colorado public two-year institution, see theTransfer Guide.
For students who have taken supporting courses in other locations, the institution must be regionally accredited and grades of C- or better are transferrable. Before taking the course, check with your advisor for transfer approval. For an advisor to determine if a course is transferable from a school other than UNC, we need the following information: institution name, course title, catalog description, credit hours and whether there is a lab.
To earn a degree from UNC you must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours from UNC and 20 of your last 30 credit hours must be from UNC.
Tuition, Financial Aid and Health Insurance
This program is offered through the UNC Office of Extended Studies, which means a flat per-credit tuition rate for all students in the program. There are no student fees. Certain courses may carry specific course fees for additional services and materials.
Tuition rates are set each academic year (which begin each Fall semester). The tuition rate for the 2013-14 school year for this program is $370 per credit hour.
Students who cannot pay for tuition alone are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA priority filing date for each academic year (which begins each August) is March 1. Late submissions of the FAFSA are still accepted but may not be considered for the maximum amount of aid.
Bachelor’s students require enrollment in a minimum of 6 credits per academic term for financial aid eligibility. Full time enrollment is based on 12 credits.
To apply for federal financial aid assistance
Fill out the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Extended Studies degree seeking students may contact Aimee Rogers in Financial Aid for more specific help at (970) 351-2502 or visit UNC Financial Aid website.
Students can also find information in the Guide to Federal Student Aid at studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html
Student Health Insurance
The University of Northern Colorado offers a Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to all degree-seeking students who enroll in courses on our main UNC Campus, an Extended Studies Center or Online.
Degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in 9 or more credit hours will automatically receive this benefit each term. SHIP premiums will appear on your semester bill. If you have comparable insurance coverage, and do not want to be charged for SHIP coverage, you must opt out of this plan each Fall via an online waiver process.
Please visit www.unco.edu/ship for more information about the insurance plan.
The Distance Dietetic Program, offered by the UNC Dietetics and Nutrition Department through the Office of Extended Studies, begins each Summer term.
The first step for all students would be to complete the Distance Dietetic Program transcript evaluation form. The Dietetics department will open to accept transcripts and assign advisors on July 1 for the Summer 2015 start. Submitting your materials at that time is highly recommended.
The application process, including the transcript evaluation form and all necessary forms is available on the Distance Dietetic Program Application page.