Didactic Program in Dietetics Specialization - NIU - Nutrition & Dietetics

Nutrition & Dietetics

Didactic Program in Dietetics Specialization

Completion of all didactic course requirements will result in the student earning a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Health and Wellness. Completion of all didactic program course requirements does not guarantee that students will be accepted into a dietetic internship program. Admission into a dietetic internship program is fiercely competitive. For more information on the dDidactic Program in Dietetics at Northern Illinois University please refer to the DPD Handbook.


The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Northern Illinois University is accredited by: Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000 Chicago, IL 60606-6995 (312) 899-0040

Mission Statement

The Didactic Program in Dietetics mission is “To prepare students to be entry-level registered dietitians who manage food and nutrition services for the public.”

Program Goals and Outcomes

Resources available to the program will be fully utilized.

  • Every faculty member will maintain a full load of responsibilities.
  • All DPD courses will be offered on a regular basis
  • All faculty members will utilize fully university support services (e.g., computer support library resources, and faculty development).
  • Advice and counsel are routinely solicited from advisory board members and external constituents (DI directors) with programmatic adjustments being made routinely, which reflect the continual evolvement of the profession.
  • One hundred percent (100%) of the faculty is engaged in continuing education activities each year.

All students, unless on leave will make satisfactory progress towards program completion.

  • Seventy-five percent of the admitted majors within each class will graduate from the accredited DPD program within 4-6 semesters after entering the program the beginning of the junior year.

Graduates will pursue admission into a dietetic internship.

  • Over a five-year period, sixty percent (60%) of the DPD graduates will apply to a supervised practice program the academic year they complete the program.
  • Over a five-year period, 66% of those applying to supervised practice programs the academic year they compete the program will be accepted.

DPD graduates will be competent to practice.

  • Eighty percent (80%) of students who graduate from the DPD program and complete the dietetic internship will pass the registration exam on the first attempt.
  • Responding seniors will report that they have achieved competence on eighty percent (80%) of the competencies where better than average attainment was the desirable goal.
  • Eighty percent (80%) of graduates seeking employment within the field of nutrition, dietetics or hospitality administration will have a position within one year.
  • Eighty-five percent (85%) of the program alumni responding to alumni surveys will report being adequately prepared for professional practice.
  • Eighty-five percent (85%) of the DPD students who apply for graduate school will be accepted.
  • Of the students who graduated from the program 80% will be satisfied with the education they received in the DPD program.
  • Eighty percent (80%) of the dietetic internship directors surveyed will be satisfied with the NIU DPD program graduates performance.