Program Description


The philosophy of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at CWU is consistent with the mission of the university. The primary purpose of the university and DPD is academic, this is, discovering and creating new knowledge, preserving and transmitting it, and applying it to life’s experiences. All other areas of the organization complement and support that function. CWU and DPD are dedicated to providing the best qualified faculty, knowledgeable and imaginative administrators and staff, excellent library resources and appropriate facilities and instructional equipment. These strengths combined with a well planned curriculum and close personal attention affords the opportunity for a high quality education for all students.

The Dietetics specialization plus two additional courses (PSY 101 and ANTH 130 or 357) fulfills the requirements of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics for a Didactic Program in Dietetics. The DPD program is currently granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

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Completion of this program qualifies the student to apply for admission to an ACEND Accredited Supervised Practice Experience also known as a Dietetic Internship. Following this the student is eligible to sit for the registration examination. Passing the registration exam qualifies the graduate to become a Registered Dietitian (R.D.).

Prior to admission into the Dietetics Specialization, students shall apply to the BS in Food Science and Nutrition major with a specialization in Foods and Nutrition.  Admission & degree requirements are listed in the CWU Undergraduate Course Catalog.

In addition to successfully completing all of the pre-specialization courses, applicants to this specialization must have an overall/cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of application and a GPA in all of the pre-specialization classes of 3.0. Students planning on entering the Dietetics Specialization are encouraged to declare their major in the BS Food Science and Nutrition with a Foods and Nutrition Specialization as early in their studies as possible so that they may be assigned a major advisor and receive proper advising in this field.

Students are highly encouraged to complete at least five credits of NUTR 490, Cooperative Education NUTR 490 is currently offered only during the summer

Dietetics Specialization: Learning Outcomes & Goals Available upon request.

About Central Washington University

The doors of the Washington State Normal School in Ellensburg opened in 1891. Mr. Benjamin Franklin Barge was the first principal of the school, which was founded to educate future elementary and junior high teachers. Classes were held at the Washington Public School until the normal school's first building, Barge Hall, opened in 1893. The normal school became Central Washington College of Education in 1937, Central Washington State College in 1961, and Central Washington University in 1977. Today CWU is a comprehensive university that provides high quality programs to more than 13,000 people at eight locations. CWU is co-located with community colleges in Edmonds, Everett, Des Moines, Steilacoom/Puyallup, Kent, Yakima, Moses Lake, and Wenatchee, where students can complete baccalaureate degrees without leaving their communities. A new dual admission program allows community college students to be admitted to CWU when they are admitted to a college, streamlining the admissions, advising, and transfer processes. CWU also serves more students on-line than any other comprehensive university in Washington. "Finish Line" is an online campus launched in fall 2011 to enable people to complete degrees online.