The Lipscomb University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) currently has accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) , a specialized body of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.), recognized by the United States Department of Education. In order to be credentialed as a registered dietitian, the student must complete a post graduate 1200 hour internship program accredited by ACEND and sit for a registration examination. For details about this process, click here. An internship is usually 6-12 months or longer if combined with a graduate program. A list of these programs and their locations are available at the AND website www.eatright.org.
After successful completion of the post graduate internship, the individual must pass a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). To maintain the Registered Dietitian (RD) status, continued professional education is required.
Lipscomb has had a dietetics program since 1979. The current director has been at Lipscomb for 20 years. Our program uses a variety of methods to assess how well we are meeting our program goals. We conduct surveys of seniors, graduates, internship directors, and employers to evaluate the quality of our educational experience. Over the past 5 years data indicates a 96% placement rate of our graduates into internship programs. We have had a 100% employment record for graduates seeking jobs in the dietetics field as registered dietitians.
Surveys indicate the majority of our graduates would recommend our program to others. The graduates expressed a high regard for the instructors in the program and the individual attention they received as a student at Lipscomb.