Nutrition and Dietetics at Clemson

The Nutrition and Dietetics Concentration is initially accredited as a Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD) by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Completion of a DPD is the first component to achieve eligibility to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. After completion of the DPD, students must complete an accredited dietetic internship. Placement in dietetic internships is competitive and is managed through a national matching process that occurs in the fall and the spring. We will assist you with identifying internships and with preparing your application packet for internships. 

Since the 2008-2009 academic year, Clemson University has a 46.5% matching rate for dietetic internships; the national average ranges from 50-52% for that same time period. For the 2012-2013 academic year, Clemson had 37 graduates apply and 22 were matched to a dietetic internship for a 59% computer match rate. The national average for this time period was 52%.

After completing the DPD and a dietetic internship, individuals are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians, administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The pass rate for first time takers of the exam is 80% nationally; the first time pass rate for Clemson graduates is 91% for the past 5 years (2008-2012).

ACEND exists to serve the public by establishing and enforcing quality standards for the educational preparation of dietetics professionals, and by recognizing dietetics education programs that meet these standards. ACEND is the only accrediting agency for dietetics education recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). If you have questions about program accreditation, you may contact ACEND at:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
American Dietetic Association
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL  60606-6995
(312) 899-0040, ext. 5400

Ms. Haliena is the program director for the DPD and will be happy to answer any questions you have about Clemson's DPD program and to share data related to our accreditation process or status.  Her office is 218 Poole Agricultural Center (P&A) and her e-mail is

Program Mission, Goals, and Outcome Measures

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics is to produce graduates prepared to complete dietetic internships and become entry-level dietitians, to become food and nutrition professionals, or to pursue additional educational opportunities. Graduates will be prepared to focus on service to their clients in South Carolina, the nation and the world, to utilize evidence-based guidelines in their practices; and to contribute to the generation of knowledge.

To monitor progress on achievement of the program's mission, faculty members have identified program goals and outcomes.  The three overall program goals and the associated outcomes are listed below.

1. Provide and maintain a high-quality didactic program through continual review and revision.
The departmental mean score on course evaluations will be 4 or higher (out of 5) in response to the question: "Overall, the instructor is an effective teacher."

The overall comprehensiveness of the program will have a mean rating of 2 or higher (commendable to outstanding) by graduates.

85% of dietetic internship directors will respond "yes" to the question: "Based on the performance of Clemson University graduates, would you accept another student from Clemson's DPD program?"

85% of students will graduate within 6 years.

2. Produce competent graduates who are prepared for supervised practice programs.

85% of students will complete the courses as outlined in the didactic program with a grade point average of 2.8 or better.

80% of graduates over a 5-year period who take the Registration Examination for Dietitians will pass on the first attempt.

3. Produce competent graduates who will obtain careers in food, nutrition, and dietetics or who will pursue post-graduate education.

80% of graduates who choose to apply to dietetic internship programs will be accepted within one year of graduation.

80% of graduates who respond to a survey and who chose not to apply to dietetic internship will be accepted to post-graduate studies or obtain degree-related employment within one year of graduation.

Policies in Didactic Program

Students enrolled in the DPD are expected to comply with all Clemson University policies and procedures outlined in the Undergraduate Announcements and the Student Handbook.  There are a few policies that we have developed specifically for DPD students, in recognition of the uniqueness of our program.

Issuance of a Verification Statement

A Verification Statement is an official CADE document used to verify that the graduate has completed all requirements of either the DPD program or the dietetic internship.  Verification Statements are issued and signed by the DPD Director after graduation and review of the portfolio.  A Verification Statement will not be issued without completion of the portfolio.


The Department will purchase special risk accident insurance for students traveling in University vehicles.  Whenever students are traveling in their personal vehicles, they are covered by their individual insurance policies.

Illness/Injury while Traveling

The Department has affiliation agreements with various facilities to which we travel that make provisions for appropriate care should a student become ill or be injured while in that facility.