Skip To Content

Accreditation Information


Traditional Admissions

Didactic Program in Dietetics
Shelley L. DePinto, DHSc, RDN, LDN
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
The Allen Center for Nutrition
610-437-4471 ext. 4487

DPD Requirements

DPD Admission Requirements

Traditional Student Admission process at Cedar Crest College:
Adult Students Admission process at Cedar Crest College:

  • Adult students and transfer students are encouraged to meet with the DPD Director prior to application. To receive a formal assessment of transfer courses and a course timeline and plan, prospective students must complete the free online application.

The DPD follows the Academic Calendar established by the Office of the Registrar.

DPD Program Requirements

Total number of credits required by program: The verification statement track for Nutrition Majors with DPD requirements includes 79 credits (25 of which count towards the LAC requirements for Math & Logic, Social Science, Natural Science, Ethics, Writing and Global Studies).  The non-verification statement track for Nutrition majors includes 76 credits.

Students are admitted to the College as intended nutrition majors (INRs) and begin the DPD curriculum upon completion of College-wide course requirements and DPD prerequisite courses.

Nutrition Major and DPD Course Requirements

  • CHE 110 Introduction to Chemistry (lecture only) (3 cr)
  • CHE 203 Survey of Organic Chemistry (lecture only) (3 cr)
  • CHE 217 Principles of Biochemistry (3 cr)
  • BIO 117 Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture only) (3 cr)
  • BIO 118 Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture only) (3 cr)
  • BIO 127 Clinical Microbiology (lecture only) (3 cr)
  • SOC 100 Intro to Culture and Society (3 cr)
  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3 cr)
  • MAT 110 Probability and Statistics (3 cr)
  • NTR 121 Foundations of Dietetics I (1 cr)
  • NTR 122 Foundations of Dietetics II (1 cr)
  • NTR 130 Food and Culture (3 cr) (Students with a previous degree many take MHS 604 for graduate credit)
  • NTR 210 Principles of Human Nutrition (3 cr)
  • NTR 213 Introduction to Evidence Analysis (1 cr)
  • NTR 215 Nutrition Assessment (1 cr)
  • NTR 217 Nutrition Education in the Community (3 cr)
  • NTR 220 Principles of Foods Lecture & Lab (4 cr)
  • NTR 300 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism I (3 cr)
  • NTR 301 Management in Dietetics (3 cr)
  • NTR 305 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism II (3 cr)
  • NTR 320/321 Experimental Foods Lab & Lecture (4 cr)
  • NTR 326 Medical Terminology for Nutrition (1 cr)
  • NTR 327 Medical Nutrition Therapy I, Lecture and Clinical* (4 cr)
  • NTR 328 Medical Nutrition Therapy II, Lecture and Clinical* (4 cr)
  • NTR 330 Food Systems Operations and Field Experience* (4 cr)
  • NTR 341 Nutrition Counseling (3 cr)
  • MHS 602 Evidence Analysis, Capstone (3 cr) (or NTR 350 for undergraduate credit)
  • MHS 614 Nutrition Across the Lifespan (3 cr) (or NTR 212 for undergraduate credit)

*Clinical and Field experiences are for verification-statement track students only.

DPD Clinical and Field Experience Placement Requirements

The program field placements require medical and background clearance.  All clearances must be completed prior to August 1 prior to the start of the Fall Semester when a student is enrolled in NTR 327 & NTR 330.  Any student not meeting all requirements before the deadline will be dropped from the field experience courses and the student will transition to the non-verification statement track. The following medical and background clearances are mandatory to participate in the following courses: NTR 327 MNT I Clinical, NTR 328 MNT II Clinical, and NTR 330 Food Systems Operations Field Experience and additional fees may apply. 

  • Report of Health Evaluation and Medical History 
  • Immunizations and Titers 
  • Drug and Alcohol Screen (10 Panel Urinalysis) 
  • Proof of Health Insurance 
  • Proof of Liability Insurance 
  • FBI Criminal History Clearance 
  • Child Abuse History Clearance 
  • PA Criminal History Clearance 
  • Annual Flu Shot 
  • And all other clearances required by placement sites at the time of field experience. 
  • Site placements will be replaced with simulations as needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Fees will be adjusted accordingly.  

A complete description of the requirements can be found in the current version of the Didactic Program in Dietetics and Nutrition Program Student Handbook.

Students are responsible for obtaining their own health and professional liability insurance. The specific details regarding how to obtain insurance (including any college-sponsored options) and complete the required clearances are provided to students during the spring semester of their junior year in the format of a Canvas course. The Canvas course is updated annually, and students use the Canvas course to track their progress in completing clearances.

The non-verification statement track major in Nutrition requires:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5,
  • A grade of C- or better in all Biology and Chemistry courses, and
  • A grade of C or better in all other program required courses.

The verification statement track major in Nutrition requires:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0,
  • A minimum cumulative DPD GPA of 3.0,
  • A grade of B or better in all Nutrition (NTR) course work,
  • A grade of C- or better in all Biology and Chemistry courses,
  • A grade of C or better in all other required DPD courses, and
  • Completion of field experiences for NTR 327, NTR 328 and NTR 330.

Students must maintain the cumulative and DPD GPA of 3.0 and minimum grade requirement in all courses to remain in the verification statement track. If a student’s GPA should fall below 3.0, they have until the next grading period (final grade or midterm grade) to return to the 3.0 requirement. If the student’s GPA remains below 3.0 at the next grading period, the student will be transitioned to the non-verification statement track.

Students can repeat one DPD (NTR) course and one science (BIO or CHE) course only. The DPD program director’s permission is required for the second repeat and/or to continue on the Verification Statement Track. A withdrawal equivalency of a course attempt is subject to evaluation by the DPD program director. Student progress is monitored from a holistic perspective as they progress through the program.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, the student must meet the following requirements.

  • Completion of a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Satisfactory completion of all nutrition courses outlined in the curriculum for the nutrition major.
  • Satisfactory completion of college requirements as described by the catalog at time of graduation.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition WITH Verification Statement: Maintenance of a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition WITHOUT Verification Statement: Maintenance of a 2.5-2.99 GPA  Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition
  • Completion of the Application for Graduation by the deadline.

Students who successfully complete the DPD and receive a Verification Statement are also eligible to sit the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) Exam.

All students must complete the program’s exit survey and exit exam before Verification Statements will be issued.