The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of Illinois is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995 (Phone: 800-877-1600 ext. 5400 or 312-899-0040). ACEND is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. The DPD was fully reaccredited in 2010 and will be under review for accreditation again in 2020.
One must complete an accredited DPD program, which is a four-year classroom curriculum of learning, culminating in a B.S. Degree. It must be followed by a dietetic internship or supervised practice experience in order to qualify one to take the RDN Exam.
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD program at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program and apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.
For more information about Dietetics, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
For more about Dietetics at the University of Illinois, please contact:
Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics
University of Illinois
Food Science & Human Nutrition
345 Bevier Hall
905 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801