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Dietetics offers a wide variety of jobs in hospitals, health promotion programs, nursing homes, public health agencies, industries, schools, universities, the armed services, and state, national and international organizations. A registered dietitian nutritionist must have a good background in the basic and behavioral sciences to apply the science of nutrition for the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. Through the program in dietetics, students develop an understanding and competency in food, nutrition, nutrition counseling, and management.

The mission of the DPD Program is to provide students with foundation knowledge and skills as part of a rigorous science-based curriculum, which prepares students for entry into dietetic internships and/or graduate school.

The goals and objectives of the DPD program are:

Goal #1 - The program will prepare students for success in completing the dietetic internship programs and in entry-level practice.

Program Objectives for Goal 1




Eighty percent (80%) of students entering the DPD as a junior (as measured by enrollment in NUTR 322) will complete all DPD degree requirements in 3 years.


70% of program graduates will apply to dietetic internship programs, pathways offering supervised-practice within 12 months of graduation.


Of those that apply to supervised practice 80% will be accepted.


80% of the graduates over a 5-year period will pass the CDR credentialing exam within one year following the first attempt.


The dietetic internship director will rate the preparation of program graduates as satisfactory (3 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being outstanding).


Of those program graduates who do not apply to a supervised practice 80% will take the DTR exam, apply to graduate school or other professional schools, or employed in health/wellness related field.

Program Goal 2:

Goal #2. The program will encourage professional development.

Program Objectives for Goal 2




80% of students will demonstrate professional development by actively participating in a student club, join a professional organization as a student member, attend a professional conference, or attend legislative day.

Outcome data measuring achievement of program objects will be provided for ACEND reviews and will be available to students, prospective students, and the public upon request from the DPD Director, Kendra Kattelmann, PhD, RDN, LN, FAND at 

Completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is the first step in becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist. Upon satisfactory completion of the Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics, students receive a verification statement from the program director and are eligible to apply for the supervised practice experience (dietetic internship). To receive the Verification Statement, students must have a grade of “B” or above in NUTR 315, 322, 323, 422, 423, 424, and 425 and a “C” or better on all of the Major's courses.  Upon receipt of the BS in Dietetics and the Verification Statement from the DPD Directions, students are eligible to apply to accredited dietetic internships. The internships are post-graduation, require additional fees, and are competitive. The majority of the dietetic internships participate in the dietetic internship centralized application system (DICAS) with application deadlines in September and February. More information can be obtained about the application process from the ACEND website or from Kendra Kattelmann, Upon completion of the accredited dietetic internship, the applicant is eligible to take the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetics Registration to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. In 2024, in addition to the internship you must also obtain a graduate degree for eligibility for the examination.  More information on the registration process can be obtained from CDR’s website at

Pathway to Becoming an RD/RDN

For additional information on the educational and professional requirements for Registered Dietitians, go to: and the ACEND website at

South Dakota State University's Didactic Program in Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext 5400.

Tuition and fees information is available on the SDSU website at  Cost in addition to the tuition and fees are background check ($85), immunizations, if not up-to-date, TB test if not recent ($15), annual flu shot ($50), lab coat ($30-50), and text books ($1000/year), student membership to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ($50/year and purchase of subscription to eNCPT  ($25) during your senior year. 

Students interested in earning a BS degree in Nutrition and Dietetics apply to SDSU and declare the major of Nutrition and Dietetics. New students need to apply through the SDSU admissions and declare Nutrition and Dietetics as their major.  The application for admission to SDSU, admission FAQ, and information on paying for college (financial aid) can be accessed at Current students who decide to change majors need to notify their current advisor of their desire to change majors and then need to schedule an academic advising appointment with the professional advisor, Amanda Severson, 688-6182 for a transcript evaluation.  Amanda will work with the student to develop a program plan.  Students who already have a degree in another major and/or institution still need to apply to the undergraduate Nutrition and Dietetics program to receive the BS in Dietetics and the Verification Statement.  The transfer policy student transcripts will be evaluated for equivalency to SDSU courses and the policy for transferring credits will be followed. More information on transfers can be found at

General academic information to include the academic calendar for students can be found at  Specific information on the program curriculum and graduation requirements is available at

The Didactic Program in Dietetics at South Dakota State University is not offered through distance education. More information about distance delivered didactic program is available at

More information about the program can be found in the Didactic Program in Dietetics Policy and Procedures Handbook for Students, Faculty, and Staff.

For more information contact:

Kendra Kattelmann, PhD, RDN, LN
Phone: 605-688-4045