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The Registered Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. Registered dietitians work in a variety of settings that include, but are not limited to, hospitals, HMOs, private practice, health-care facilities, community and public health, food and nutrition industry, business, sports nutrition, corporate wellness programs, academia, and research.

To become a Registered Dietitian, the following steps must be taken:

  • You must complete a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. regionally accredited college or university in which the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) academic requirements are approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;
  • You must complete a ACEND approved supervised practice experience – the Internship Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (IPND);
  • After completion of your academic requirements and practice experience, you must pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the Academy. More information on the exam can be found at NOTE: Many states have regulatory laws for dietitians. Often these individual state requirements can be met through the same combination of education and training required to become a Registered Dietitian.

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Admission Requirements and Application Protocol
The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) at the University of Wyoming is housed in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Program of Study
The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) requires 128-130 overall credit hours that include University Studies courses (general education requirements), Family and Consumer Sciences core courses, and specific dietetics courses as described in the University of Wyoming Catalog.
Cost of Program
DPND students should be prepared for the following program expenses:
DPND Accreditation
Accreditation is necessary because dietetics is a unique profession that requires a defined educational process based on established national standards.
Verification Statements
The Verification Statement is an official document that indicates the completion of course requirements for the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPND) at the University of Wyoming.


All information listed above is available for printing in the Handbook.

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