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Nutrition and Dietetics


The American Dietetic Association (ADA) Didactic Program in Dietetics

The ADA Didactic (Academic) Program in Dietetics (DPD) is designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and skills in dietetics that will enable them to perform successfully in a dietetic internship. The DPD is currently granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, phone: 312-899-0040, ext. 5400. This commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. It is the responsibility of the student to consult with the ADA DPD Director to verify current ADA requirements to become a Registered Dietitian.

Students who choose to meet ADA academic requirements must select the following as electives:

  • HFHM 375 Food Production Systems II (3)
  • HFHM 477 Foodservice Administration (3)

Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in the DPD courses to receive verification of completion of the DPD program. Approval of a student's academic program by the CSULB DPD Director requires that the student complete HFHM 477; NUTR 436L and 438 at CSULB. Students can view details of the DPD program at