Registered Dietitian Requirements
In addition to successful completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), to become a registered dietitian (RD) a student must accomplish the following:
- Obtain a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited program and U.S. regionally accredited college or university.
- Complete a ACEND-accredited supervised experience in dietetic practice (DI).
- Successfully pass the registration examination for dietitians.
For more information regarding careers in the field of dietetics, visit www.eatright.org.
Tuition for Bachelor's Degrees
Average first-year costs for a typical credit load in the 2013-2014 academic year. The first year is considered fall, winter and spring quarters.
Tuition & FeesFees include a $25 quarterly student activity fee. See the University catalog for a full schedule of fees.
Books & Supplies
TotalThe budget used to determine financial-aid eligibility allows for an additional $21,600 for a 9-month period of living expenses.
|Bachelor of Science (All Majors)||45||$22,470||$2,250||$24,720|
PLEASE NOTE: For financial aid purposes, Cost of Attendance also includes $21,600 per nine months to cover Room & Board, Transportation, and Miscellaneous expenses.
Quick Facts - BSNDPD
Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nutrition with Didactic Program in Dietetics
- Completion of the equivalent of two years of college course work
- 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits), including a minimum number of credits in the basic proficiency, science and general education categories
Students first enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program, and then apply for the Didactic Program in Dietetics in spring of their Junior year. The following are the admission requirements for that process:
- Grade of C or better in all basic proficiency and science requirement courses
- 3.25 cumulative overall GPA
- 3.25 cumulative GPA in science courses
- 3.0 cumulative GPA in nutrition courses
- 150 hours of volunteer and/or paid work experience (clinical nutrition, food service management, community nutrition)
- Public speaking practice
Length of Program
2 years, full time
Tuition and Fees
First year: $22,830
Tuition and books for the DPD, based on the Bachelor of Science degree program, is $22,830 for the 2013-14 academic year. (Financial aid is available for those who qualify.) A non-refundable application fee of $25 must be included with the DPD application. Books for the program cost approximately $2,000 per year. Food, housing and transportation expenses for the greater Seattle area are estimated at $21,600 for the academic year. Additional fees for lab costs (not included above) are estimated at $295.
This degree program prepares a student to be eligible to apply for dietetic internships. The successful completion of a dietetic internship, in turn, supports eligibility to sit for the registration examination for dietitians. The Registered Dietitian (R.D.) credential offers a scope of practice in medical nutrition therapy in hospitals, clinics, private practice and public health organizations. Registered dietitians with a bachelor’s degree may also work in corporate wellness, food service management, food and nutrition consulting and writing, and community health.
See examples of how our graduates use their nutrition degrees.
Program Summary - BSNDPD
Bastyr's Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) prepares students to promote nutrition and well-being through food that sustains the individual, the community and the earth.
Program Goals and Outcome Measures
The primary goal of the Bastyr University BSN/DPD program is to prepare graduates to become successful dietetic interns. The outcome measures of this goal are as follows:
- At least 85 percent of students entering the program will successfully complete the Bastyr University Didactic Program of Dietetics graduation requirements within 1.5 years, including completion of degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, a score of 70 percent or higher on the DPD exit exam, and verified completion of 300 nutrition-related volunteer/paid hours.
- At least 70 percent of BSN students completing the program will apply for a dietetic internship within two years post graduation.
- At least 90 percent of graduates who seek an internship will obtain one within two years post graduation.
- Respondents from internship director surveys conducted annually will reflect that DPD graduates are at least satisfactorily prepared in at least 90 percent of their professional competencies.
- Five year summary reports will consistently reflect that at least 95 percent of all first-time exam-takers will have passed the Registration Examination for dietitians.
The second goal of the Bastyr University BSN/DPD program is to prepare qualified graduates with the tools and knowledge to incorporate whole foods, environmental nutrition and integrative medicine into nutrition practice. The outcome measures of this goal are as follows:
- At least 70 percent of respondents from BSN/DPD alumni surveys conducted every three years will rate their preparation in the areas of environmental awareness, whole food knowledge and integrative medicine practices as '3' or higher on a scale of 1-5.
- At least 70 percent of internship director respondents from the "dietetic internship director survey," conducted annually, will rate DPD graduates as '3' or higher on a scale of 1-5 in competencies related to environmental awareness, whole food knowledge and integrative medicine.
Verification of graduation from the DPD enables a student to apply for dietetic internships (DI). Although the Department of Nutrition assists all graduates in supervised practice placement, completion of the DPD does not guarantee acceptance into a dietetic internship. The DPD and a BS in nutrition also prepares students for graduate work in related health science fields.
Graduates are able to critically evaluate the scientific literature and incorporate current research into the fundamentals of nutritional science and dietary planning. Graduates are also able to support the ecological well-being of the planet through promotion of improved eating habits.
Successful completion of the Bastyr DPD requires maintenance of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, 300 hours of paid and/or volunteer work in the nutrition field, and achievement of a passing score (70 percent or higher) on the DPD exit examination.
The Bachelors of Science Didactic Program in Dietetics at Bastyr University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800-877-1600 x 5400. Bastyr University is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
Curriculum - BSNDPD
The DPD curriculum integrates knowledge and skills related to physical, behavioral, cultural, ecological, legislative, community and clinical aspects of human nutrition. The course work focuses on four main areas: nutrition, foods, basic sciences and counseling skills. Basic and advanced nutrition classes provide a fundamental knowledge base for the community and clinical nutrition classes. Core food courses allow students to achieve an overall knowledge of whole foods, including food composition, handling, preparation and distribution. Finally, clinical practicum experiences enable students to develop attitudes and values important to the competent dietetic intern.
The curriculum table that follows lists the tentative schedule of courses each quarter. Next to each course is the number of credits per course (Crdt.), the lecture hours each week (Lec.) and the lab/clinic hours each week (L/C).
Junior Year (Year I)
|Quarter||Cat. No.||Course Title Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog.||Credits||Lec.||L/C|
|Fall||BC3124||Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences Lec/Lab||5||4||2|
|BC3161||Anatomy & Physiology 1 Lec/Lab||3||2||2|
|IS3111||Interdisciplinary Experiences in Natural Health Arts & Sciences 1||1||1||0|
|TR4103||Whole Foods Production||3||1.5||3|
|TR4118||Cultural Perspectives on Food||2||2||0|
|Winter||BC3162||Anatomy & Physiology 2 Lec/Lab||3||2||2|
|BC4117||Biochemistry for Life Sciences 1||5||4||2|
|IS3112||Interdisciplinary Experiences in Natural Health Arts & Sciences 2||1||1||0|
|TR3111||Nutrition Throughout Life (hybrid online course)||3||3||0|
|TR3115||Introduction to Food Science||2||2||0|
|Spring||BC3163||Anatomy & Physiology 3 Lec/Lab||4||3||2|
|BC4118||Biochemistry for Life Sciences 2||5||4||2|
|EX3105||Physical Activity & Wellness||2||2||0|
|TR3117||Experimental Foods Lecture||4||4||0|
|TR3118||Experimental Foods Lab||1||0||2|
|TR4140||Ecological Aspects of Nutrition||2||2||0|
Senior Year (Year II)
Boldface classes are in addition to those required for BS with a Major in Nutrition degree.
|Quarter||Cat. No.||Course Title Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog.||Credits||Lec.||L/C|
|PS3127||Foundations of Counseling for Dietitians||3||3||0|
|RD4301||Medical Nutrition Therapy: 1 Assessment and Diagnosis||
|RD4105||Intro to Dietetics||1||0||2|
|TR4107||Advanced Nutrition Principles 1||4||4||0|
|Winter||RD4302||Medical Nutrition Therapy 2: Chronic Disease Management||
|RD4130||Quantity Food Production||3||3||0|
|TR4100||Introduction to Research Methods (hybrid online course)||3||2||2|
|TR4108||Advanced Nutrition Principles 2||2||2||0|
|TR4113||Nutritional Supplements & Herbs||3||3||0|
|Spring||RD4120||Perspectives in Leadership & Mgmt||3||3||0|
|RD4303||Medical Nutrition Therapy 3: Critical Care||
|RD4802||Clinical Dietetic Practicum||2||0||4|
|TR4126||Community Nutrition/ Nutrition Education||5||5||0|
|Core Course Credits and Hours||92||79.5||25|
|Clinic Credits and Hours||2||0||4|
Expected Learning Outcomes
The Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science has established the following expected learning outcomes for all its Bachelor of Science programs:
- Biological/Medical Sciences
- Quantitative and Qualitative Reasoning
- Critical Thinking Skills
- General Health and Wellness
- Nutrition, Whole Foods and Exercise Science
- Promotion of the University's and the Department's mission and vision
Curriculum and course changes in the 2013-2014 Bastyr University Catalog are applicable to students entering during the 2013-2014 academic year. Please refer to the appropriate catalog if interested in curriculum and courses required for any other entering year.
Admission Requirements - BSNDPD
Students must be currently enrolled in the Bastyr Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nutrition program to apply for the DPD program. The application deadline is at the end of the first year of studies at Bastyr University. Using a 4.0 scale, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher with a minimum grade of C in all prerequisite courses is mandatory for acceptance into the undergraduate program. Cumulative science and nutrition GPA must be at least 3.0 in all nutrition and science courses. In addition, a minimum of 150 hours paid and/or volunteer work is required in order to be admitted to the BSDPD program. Please contact Admissions for details.
Prerequisites for Nutrition Bachelor's Degree Programs
Entering undergraduates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 with a grade of C or better in all basic proficiency and science requirement courses. Exceptional applicants who do not meet these requirements will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Before enrolling, students must have completed 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits), including a minimum number of credits in the basic proficiency, science and general education categories. Surplus credits not used to satisfy basic proficiency or science requirements may be applied to the appropriate general education requirements.
Note: You may apply to the program while completing prerequisite coursework.
Basic Proficiency and Science Requirements
|English literature or composition||9 quarter credits|
|General psychology||3 quarter credits|
|College algebra||4 quarter credits|
|General chemistry (science-major level with lab)||8 quarter credits|
|General biology (with lab)||4 quarter credits|
|Introductory nutrition (should include metabolism)||5 quarter credits|
|Microbiology Microbiology is required only for students entering the basic track in nutrition. This requirement does not apply to Nutrition & Culinary Arts or Nutrition & Exercise Science students.||3 quarter credits|
General Education Requirements
|Natural science and mathematics (for BSN basic track)||5 quarter credits|
|Natural science and mathematics (for all other tracks)||8 quarter credits|
|Arts and humanities||15 quarter credits|
|Social sciences||15 quarter credits|
|Speech communication or public speaking||3 quarter credits|
|Electives||16 quarter credits The number of elective credits may vary depending upon the exact number of quarter credits earned in the other prerequisite categories. Total prerequisite credits must equal at least 90 quarter credits.|
Want to know which classes fulfill these prerequisites? Check these lists: