Verification statement

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement verifies completion of educational requirements and is required for application to: accredited dietetic internship (DI) programs, active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and state licensure/certification.

All students who graduate from Iowa State University with a bachelor of science degree in dietetics or bachelor of science/master of science degrees in diet and exercise receive a verification statement. Non-degree seeking students who desire a verification statement must notify the DPD Director of planned DPD completion date and provide official transcripts for review.

To receive a verification statement for completion of requirements through the Didactic Program, a student must have done both of the following:

  • Taken a minimum of 15 credits at the 300 or above level to include FSHN 461 and 464 (Medical Nutrition Therapy I and II) and FSHN 466 (Nutrition Education and Counseling Methods) through Iowa State University
  • Earned academic credit for coursework listed on the Verification Completion Checklist

Applying for internship. Completion of DPD requirements and issuance of a verification statement do not guarantee acceptance into a supervised practice program/dietetic internship. Individuals must apply through a competitive application process for acceptance into a dietetic internship program.

Fee. There is a $30.00 fee for a statement of verification of completion of the DPD. This fee is applied to the university bill during the academic term of program completion.

International students

International students must complete a degree from an American regionally accredited university or present documentation of the equivalence of their foreign degree(s).

To receive a verification statement for completion of requirements through the Didactic Program, a student must have done the following:

  • Taken a minimum of 15 credits at the 300 or above level to include FSHN 461 and 464 (Medical Nutrition Therapy I and II) and FSHN 466 (Nutrition Education and Counseling Methods) through Iowa State University
  • Completed the equivalent courses to FSHN 214 (Scientific Study of Food) and FSHN 463 (Community Nutrition) through an approved/accredited U.S. or Canadian program.
  • Earned academic credit for coursework listed on the Verification Completion Checklist.

Applying for internship. Completion of DPD requirements and issuance of a verification statement do not guarantee acceptance into a supervised practice program/dietetic internship. Individuals must apply through a competitive application process for acceptance into a dietetic internship program.

Fee. There is a $30.00 fee for a statement of verification of completion of the DPD. This fee is applied to the university bill during the academic term of program completion.

Individuals with foreign degrees are encouraged to view the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website for additional information about becoming a Registered Dietitian credentialed by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).