Distance Dietetic Program

The University of Northern Colorado offers a distance-based Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) called the Distance Dietetic Program (DDP). It is the same program as our ACEND 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 to obtain a second bachelor’s degree or a certificate.  All of these plans will allow you 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. Whether degree seeking or certificate seeking, 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 fulfill the requirements for 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 taken the appropriate pre-requisites, you have been advised by your advisor, you meet the 3.0 or above grade point average requirement 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.

Eligibility for Online Programs by State of Residence

We cannot accept online students from California, Florida and Massachusetts. UNC has secured approval from 47 states, as required by new federal regulations; however we are unable to accept applications at this time for our online programs from students residing in these three states.

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If you would like us to inform you when UNC is able to accept your application for online courses, please email Amy Baird and include your state of residence in the email.

Entry-Level Registration Eligibility Requirements Update

The Commission on Dietetic Registration website provides 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.

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The 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.


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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