Verification of Completion of DPD

Verification of Completion of Didactic Program
in Dietetics (DPD)
Effective Fall 2014

A verification statement confirms that all Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics requirements have been completed and the student is eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice programs.

Verification Statement Policy for Undergraduates

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) students who wish to receive a Letter of Intent and/or Accreditation Council for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Verification Statement from the Southern University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a minimum curriculum GPA of 3.0 or above;
  • Have a grade of "B" or better in all Human Nutrition and Food courses; and
  • Have a minimum grade of a "C" or better in all Other Required DPD courses.

Human Nutrition and Food Courses

The following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "B" or higher.

200 Professional Issues in Food, Nutrition, Dietetics (1)

220 Fundamentals of Food (3)

322 Food Production Management (3)

332 Human Nutrition (3)

336 Nutrition across the Lifespan (3)

338 Nutrition Assessment (3)

346 Food Service Systems Management (3)

410 Advanced Nutrition (3)

422 Experimental Foods (3)

429 Seminar in Food and Nutrition (1)

435 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3)

436 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3)

439 Food and Nutrition Communications (3)

450 Practicum (3)

495 Community Nutrition (3)


Other Required DPD Courses

The following courses (or their equivalent) must be completed with a minimum grade of "C."

While C's are the minimum grade required, it is strongly recommended that students earn a grade of "B" or higher in order to meet the cumulative GPA requirement.

132/112 Chemistry (4)

133/113 Chemistry (4)

135 Pre-Calculus I College Algebra (3)

140 Pre-Calculus II Trigonometry (3)

110 English (3)

111 English (3)

Foreign Language (3)

234/212 Biochemistry (4)

250 (210) Organic Chemistry (4)

230 Microbiology (4)

238 Human Anatomy & Physiology (4)

239 Human Anatomy & Physiology (4)

210 Techniques of Speech (3)

274 Statistics (3)

210 Sociology (3)

210 Psychology (3)

200 Economics (3)

200 Financial Accounting (3)

300 Principles of Management (3)


Verification Policy for Post-Baccalaureate Students

If a student already has a bachelor's degree in another field, the student must have his or her college transcript(s) evaluated by the DPD Director to determine the additional classes that must be  satisfactorily completed in order to obtain a verification statement. Certain courses must be taken at Southern University  and A&M College to obtain a verification statement from Southern University. 


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