Program Description


The Spanish emphasis curriculum option Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is an undergraduate program which meets the educational requirements set by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and also allows a student to become linguistically and culturally competent to serve the Hispanic/Latino population.  Additionally, students following this curriculum option will study abroad in a Latin American country for a portion of one semester.  Students completing the DPD requirements and a bachelor’s degree will earn a verification statement indicating that students are eligible to apply to an accredited dietetic internship program.  The DPD provides a theoretical background in food science and preparation, general nutrition, life cycle nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, food systems management, research, and community nutrition.

Students earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nutrition and Dietetics through this Spanish emphasis thread at Marywood University are required to complete 129 credits before graduation.  With the guidance of the DPD Director, students who have already earned a BS or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, and are graduate students in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department can also complete the DPD curriculum requirements to earn a verification statement.  Students must apply to the DPD Spanish emphasis curriculum option at the end of completion of sophomore level courses.

The program is designed to prepare students to apply for an accredited dietetic internship program to ultimately become an entry level Registered Dietitians Nutritionist (RDN), graduate school, or the job market.  The DPD must be followed by an ACEND accredited dietetic internship in order to be eligible for the registration examination for RDN. Although there is a shortage of internship sites and completion of the DPD does not guarantee acceptance into an internship; the faculty will offer guidance with the internship application process. Please note: the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) changed the entry-level registration eligibility education requirements for dietitians, beginning in 2024, from baccalaureate degree to a minimum of a graduate degree. Learn more about this program.

About Marywood University

Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1915, Marywood is co-educational and comprehensive with over 3000 students on a 115-acre campus in Scranton, PA. Marywood University, sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, roots itself in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the principle of justice, and the belief that education empowers people. The University integrates an enduring liberal arts tradition and professional disciplines to create a comprehensive learning experience. Our undergraduate and graduate programs promote academic excellence, advance innovative scholarship and foster leadership in service to others. Within a welcoming and supportive community, Marywood challenges individuals of all backgrounds to achieve their full potential and make choices based on spiritual and ethical values. Marywood University prepares students to seek sustainable solutions for the common good and educates global citizens to live responsibly in an interdependent world.