Mission Statement

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Tennessee at Martin is to prepare graduates for dietetic internships, the Registration Examination for Dietitians/Nutritionists, and career practice in a dietetics-related field. Grounded in adult education theory, the science-based curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, team work, and authentic application of information. Graduates will acquire the skills necessary for both dietetics-related professional practice and lifelong learning.


The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of Tennessee at Martin is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).


Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000

Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995

(312) 899-0040 ext. 5400

Program Information and Related Links


Information related to program goals and objectives, policies and procedures, admission criteria, curriculum requirements, and costs can be found in the Student Handbook for the Didactic Program in Dietetics.

Academic Calendar

View UTM Catalog

Dietetics Curriculum Requirements

Dietetics Four-Year Course Sequence Plan

Admissions Criteria for Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Prospective students will be considered for entry to the DPD based on the following criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA = 3.0 or better
  • Grade of C or better in each of the following courses:
    • BIOL 140 Cell & Molecular Biology
    • CHEM 111 General & Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHEM 112 Organic & Biochemistry
    • FSCI 200 Food Principles
    • FSCI 313 Food Management
    • NUTR 100 Introductory Nutrition
  • Completion of application packet, which includes:
    • DPD admission application
    • Current transcripts from UTM and/or any other relevant universities or colleges attended
  • Completion of interview with dietetics faculty

Dietetic Internship

Graduates of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Tennessee at Martin receive Verification Statements from the program director, establishing eligibility for a Dietetic Internship. Successful completion of an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship is required to write the Registration Examination for Dietitians, which is administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration(CDR). At present, there is a national shortage of internship spots. Approximately one in every two applicants gets accepted to a Dietetic Internship, making the application process very competitive.

Careers in Dietetics

Clinical Dietitian

Administrative Dietitian


Food Service Director

Food Research Specialist


Nutrition Columnist

Sales and Marketing Representative

For more information contact:

Amy Richards, PhD, MS, RDN, LDN

Assistant Professor and Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics

330E Gooch Hall

Martin, TN 38238

Phone: (731) 881-7742

Fax: (731) 881-7106


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