Our Certificate in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) prepares students to become Registered Dietitians.

You'll combine biology and chemistry with advanced food science and clinical dietetics. Our students improve the eating behaviors, health and quality of life of our culturally diverse population. You'll investigate the theories and best practices of food and health — and develop an appreciation of nutrition and dietetics' relationship to other disciplines.

This certificate, along with a verification statement signed by the DPD Director at Simmons and a previous bachelor’s degree, will confirm the successful completion of this first step in the credentialing process for dietetics practitioners. Our students are prepared for entry level dietetic positions, graduate school and accredited supervised practice programs.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

BIOL 113 General Biology*
BIOL 221 Microbiology*
BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 232 Anatomy and Physiology II*
CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry: Inorganic* or CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry 
CHEM 112 Introductory Chemistry: Organic* 
CHEM 223 Introduction to Biochemistry 
MATH 118 Introductory Statistics
*with Lab

Required Nutrition Courses:

NUTR 112 Introduction to Nutrition Science or NUTR 111 Fundamentals of Nutrition Science*
NUTR 201 Advanced Food Science*
NUTR 231 The Practice of Clinical Dietetics
NUTR 237 The Practice of Community Nutrition
NUTR 248 Food Production and Service Systems
NUTR 249 Leadership in Nutrition Management
NUTR 301 Introduction to the Dietetics Profession
NUTR 311 Nutrient Metabolism*
NUTR 334 Medical Nutrition Therapy
NUTR 381 Advanced Practice in Community Nutrition
NUTR 390 Seminar: Selected Topics in Nutrition 
*with Lab

In addition, there are two required social science courses; at least one of these should be in sociology or psychology.


Internships and Research

Research, internships and clinical experience are essential to nutrition students. You’ll have opportunities to explore your interests, build your skills and develop mentoring relationships with leaders in the field. We take full advantage of our location in the heart of Boston, and more specifically the Longwood Medical Area. Our students have been placed at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, ABCD/Head Start, Women’s Lunch Place, Community Servings, Greater Boston Food Bank, a variety of local WIC programs, and a variety of local hospitals.  

Upon graduation, completing a Dietetic Internship Program is a crucial step in becoming a Registered Dietitian. Our students are successful in internship programs nationwide – we have an excellent placement rate. 

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Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes
The mission of the Simmons College Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is to educate students and foster an appreciation of lifelong learning in preparation for their success in the nutrition and dietetics profession. We aim to prepare students to be effective in a profession that improves the eating behaviors and subsequent health and quality of life of a multicultural and diverse population, a profession that adds to the scientific investigation about food and health, and one that fosters an appreciation of nutrition and dietetics' relationship to other sciences.

Goal 1: The Simmons College DPD will prepare graduates to become competent entry level dietetics professionals.

Corresponding program outcomes:
  • At least 70% of those students enrolled in the BS/DPD and DPD Certificate will complete it within 150% of the time planned for completion (i.e. 6 years).
  • Over a five-year period, the pass rate for both BS/DPD and DPD Certificate graduates taking the registration examination for the first time will be at least 80%.
  • At least 75 % of graduates will assign a 4 (i.e., “agree”) or a 5 (i.e., “strongly agree”) to being prepared on 75% of the items (that pertain to content they learned at Simmons) on the graduate survey.
  • At least 75% of Directors of Supervised Practice will rate Simmons College DPD graduates as acceptable or higher on 75% of items listed on the survey.
Goal 2: The DPD will prepare graduates to succeed in one or more of the following: a graduate program, an accredited dietetic internship program, or employment.

Corresponding program outcomes:
  • Over a five-year period, 50% of BS/DPD, and 70% of DPD graduates will apply to supervised practice programs within 12 months of completing the program.
  • Over a five-year period, 55% of BS/DPD and 80% of DPD Certificate students who apply to supervised practice programs will be accepted within 12 months of completing the program.
  • Within 12 months of completing the program, at least 70% those (BS/DPD and DPD Certificate) graduates who did not apply or were not accepted to a DIP, and who are seeking employment or graduate education, will secure one or more of the following: appointment to a graduate program, or employment.
Goal 3. The DPD will prepare graduates to serve a culturally diverse population. 

Corresponding program outcome:
  • 75% of graduates will report satisfaction with their ability to serve culturally diverse groups.
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