Important Notices

Recent changes in federal regulations relating to our ability to deliver online education have uncovered onerous application and fee requirements from a few states. As a result, at this time (effective December 1, 2011), the University of Northern Colorado is unable to accept applications for admission to online courses or programs from students residing in the following states: Arkansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee. If you reside in one of these states, and would like us to inform you at such time as the University of Northern Colorado is able to accept your application for online courses or programs, please email Amy Baird at Please include your state of residence in your email.

Entry-Level Registration Eligibility Requirements Update - Please visit this link for information regarding the plan and timeline to initiate the new entry-level practice requirements of earning an advanced degree along with completing supervised practice and taking a registration exam. These new requirements will take effect January 1, 2024. Those who become Registered Dietitians before this time will be allowed to practice without an advanced degree.

We are not accepting transcripts to assign advisors at this time.
Check back in Spring 2015 for the date we will open.


The University of Northern Colorado offers a distance-based Didactic Program in Dietetics called the Distance Dietetic Program (DDP). It is the same program as our CADE accredited on-campus program however it is designed to be more accessible for students particularly those who have employment and/or family commitments that preclude participating in a full-time on-campus experience. The DDP offers 15 courses online; the rest of the required courses are taken at a regionally accredited institution where you live or on-line and they transfer in. You may desire to complete your bachelor’s degree in dietetics or, if you already have a bachelor’s degree, you may choose just to complete the requirements of the Didactic Program in Dietetics to enable you to apply for dietetic internships on your path to becoming a registered dietitian. Either way this program can meet your needs.

The UNC Dietetic faculty will advise you regarding which courses you have taken or are planning to take will transfer for credit toward completion of the Distance Dietetic Program. They will help you design your schedule of pre-requisite courses to take in preparation for enrollment in the on-line courses. You may begin taking courses in the Distance Dietetic Program if you have had the appropriate pre-requisites, you have been advised by your advisor, and there is space available in the courses. If you do not already have a Bachelor's degree, and will need one from UNC, or if you plan to pursue a second Bachelor's degree in Dietetics, you can complete your first three years of coursework at a campus close to you and the last 30 credits online with UNC.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of Northern Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and adheres to the knowledge, skills, and competencies described by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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