We are currently revising the curriculum. Please contact the department for details.
Becoming a Registered Dietitian
To become a registered dietitian (R.D.) an individual must complete the requirements established by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) that include a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at an U.S. regionally accredited university or college, academic course work approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of ADA, CADE accredited Supervised Practice Program and the Registration Examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of ADA.
The Dietetics and Nutrition Department offers bachelor’s degrees in two dietetic programs that partially satisfy the requirements for becoming an R.D.--the didactic program in dietetics (DPD) and the coordinated program in dietetics (CPD). The DPD provides the academic course work and graduates of the program apply to a dietetics internship (DI) or pre-professional practice programs (AP4) to fulfill the supervised practice requirement. Upon completion of both, an individual is eligible to take the Registration Examination. The CPD integrates the educational requirements with the supervised professional practice so that upon graduation an individual is eligible to take the Registration Examination.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-5400.
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Buffalo is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in 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.
Graduates of both programs receive an appropriate verification statement signed by the respective program directors.
The signed verification statement documents that an individual has completed the requirements of a dietetics education program accredited or approved by CADE. It is essential to the CADE dietetics education, CDR registration eligibility, and ADA Active membership process.
The completion of CADE Didactic Program requirements and at least a bachelor’s degree are necessary for eligibility to a CADE-accredited/approved supervised practice program.
A verification statement is required by CDR upon completion of CPD to indicate completion of academic or supervised practice requirements for eligibility to write the registration examination. www.eatright.org/cade/verifaqs.html
All freshmen and qualifying transfer students are routinely admitted to the DPD. (Se admission requirements). Students may then apply to the CPD upon meeting the requirements that include a minimum GPA of 2.75 and completion of specified courses. A department committee selects no more than 16 students to the CPD each year. Selection criteria used by the committee include applicant submission of a written autobiography, submission of two comment forms from faculty or employers and completion of at least two interviews with the selection committee members.
Length of the Program
DPD students starting as freshman may complete the curriculum in four years. Transfer students generally take a longer time to complete based on the number of credits transferred and the courses accepted by the College and Program.
CPD students who join the department as freshman may complete the curriculum in four years plus a summer course between junior and senior years. Transfer students generally take a longer time to complete based on the number of credits transferred and the courses accepted by the College and Program.
About the Department
The Dietetics and Nutrition Department typically has an enrollment of 60 - 100 students. Currently there are faculty with areas of specialization including nutritional biochemistry, clinical nutrition, nutrition education and food systems management. The atmosphere in the department, though highly academic and professional, is also very open and friendly. Classes in the major generally have 15-20 students, allowing for easy interaction between professor and student with individuals receiving personal attention as needed.