The mission of the Nutrition Sciences Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at Baylor University is to provide high-quality education in a Christian environment, equipping graduates for supervised practice (dietetic internship) leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
Graduates will be prepared to use evidence-based practices to help meet the diverse needs of individuals, families, and communities locally and globally.
Nutrition Sciences majors can choose one of three concentrations:
- Food Management
Learn more about the concentration options here.
After completion of the program, graduates may enter the field of clinical dietetics (if Pre-Dietetics), public health, health care, food management, food science and product development, school food service, and/or health promotion.
To provide educational experiences that transfer knowledge, skills, and competencies required for entry into a dietetic internship (supervised practice program).
To develop professional nutrition and dietetics leaders that support the nutritional needs of local and global communities.
Application Rate: Upon completion of the Didactic program at Baylor University, Concentration Pre-dietetics or pre-dietetics students, ACEND accredited dietetic internship within 12 months of graduation.
Acceptance Rate: Upon graduation from the Didactic Program at Baylor University, of the 60% who apply to an accredited dietetic internship, 80% will be accepted within 12 months following graduation.
Based on students who begin the Didactic Program in their junior year, 80% will complete the program requirements within three years and be eligible to receive a Verification Statement of Completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics.
Upon completion of a dietetic internship, at least 85% of all graduates will pass the RD exam within their first year of eligibility.
A complete list of graduation requirements for the Baylor DPD and deadlines can be found in the Baylor DPD Handbook and here.
The Nutrition Sciences Program follows Baylor's Academic Calendar, which may be found here.
The Nutrition Science Pre-Dietetics major is an ACEND accredited DPD program. Contact information for ACEND:
- Email: ACEND@eatright.org
- Phone: 800-877-1600, ext. 5400
- Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995
Outcomes data for the Baylor DPD is available on request from the DPD Director.
Complaints Related to the Program
A student enrolled in the Baylor DPD pre-dietetics program who has a complaint related to the program can file a complaint with the DPD Director. The complaint should be in writing and submitted in a sealed envelope to the DPD Director. The complaint must be signed by the person submitting.
The DPD director will meet with the student and pursue avenues to resolve the complaint. If the student is not satisfied the DPD director will present the complaint to the Department Chair. The Chair then will attempt to resolve the issue and then if not satisfied the complaint will be presented to the Dean of the College. If the student is still not satisfied the following Baylor University Grievance Policy process will be followed.
The student can confidently bring these concerns, being assured that retaliation will not occur in any way to the student. The department chair will coordinate these activities, gaining assurance from affected parties that no retaliation will occur.