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Certificate in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (D.P.D.)


Thank you for your interest in Simmons. This page describes the requirements and procedures for applying to the the Certificate in the Didactic Program (D.P.D.) program. If you have questions, please check the FAQs on the website first, and then feel free to email us at or call us at 617-521-2605. Note that our TOEFL code is 3761 and our FAFSA Code is 002208.

Before You Begin, Please Note:

Applicants to the D.P.D. program are required to submit the electronic application and required paper materials(and official TOEFL scores,if applicable) by the stated deadlines; dates are not the post mark date, rather, the date when all materials need to be received in the Office of Admission.

No application can be acted upon unless all electronic and paper materials are received. There is no guarantee that late applications will be considered.


Application Deadline Dates for the Certificate in the Didactic Program in Dietetics

October 1 for spring (January) entry

January 5 for fall (September) entry 

Recommendations (Three recommendations are required for the DPD)

You are applying to a professional graduate program,so, select your references wisely.We cannot accept personnel recommendations from family members, friends, coaches, co-workers or politicians. Two recommendations must be from current or recent instructors and one must be a professional reference. Recommendations should not be more than 6 months old.

The recommendation procedure is a three-part process: the Identification Form,the Rating Form and the written recommendation. All recommendations should be written on official preprinted letterhead stationery,not on a computer-generated template. All forms and recommendations should include a signature.

We cannot accept Committee Recommendations(one letter which includes a series of paragraphs from individual faculty members or a series of faculty letters) or letters of reference on file in a Career Education or Career Resources Center.

GPA Calculations

You are required to calculate and submit GPA calculations for undergraduate and graduate courses.

To assist you in calculating GPAs, please refer to the Grading Scale below:

Admission Requirements for Certificate in Didactic Program in Dietetics (D.P.D.)

An applicant must hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. post- secondary institution or university abroad which is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country. No prerequisite courses or GREs are required.

However, TOFEL is required for all non-native speakers of English who did not graduate from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university at the bachelor's or master's level or from post-secondary institution abroad which is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country in English—speaking countries only. This requirement is based on native language not citizenship.

Application to and acceptance to this program is required; completing courses on a non-degree basis is not possible. A certain number of courses must be completed at Simmons.

Application Procedure for the Certificate in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (D.P.D)

Applicants are responsible for mailing the electronic application and required paper materials (including TOEFL scores, if applicable) to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. All documents submitted become the property of Simmons College and cannot be returned to the applicant. Since there are six admission offices at Simmons, be certain to send any materials to:

Office of Admission
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Simmons College
Room S332
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115-5898

Standardized Test Scores

The following should be sent directly to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences by the testing  agency:

The TOEFL requirement is based on native language, not citizenship status. No other English proficiency exam will be accepted. The TOEFL is waived for applicants who have graduated at the bachelor's or master's level from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a post secondary institution abroad that is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the host country in English-speaking countries only.
Copies of student score reports are not acceptable. A minimum score of 570 (paper test), 230 (computer test) or 88 (internet test) is required. The SNHS code is 3761.

Further information can be obtained by directly contacting: Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000, or by telephone, 609-771-7670, or visit

Enrollment Deposit for Nutrition Programs

All accepted applicants to the DPD program are required to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit.
This deposit is applied to the first term bill.

Deferred Entrance for Nutrition Programs

An accepted student may request, in writing, to the Assistant Dean/Director of Admission of SNHS a deferral of the entrance date for a maximum of one year(2 academic semesters). The student must indicate what he/she will do in the interim. Deferrals cannot be granted if an accepted student to Simmons wants to take classes at another institution in the interim. If granted a deferral, a non- refundable enrollment deposit is required by the date stated in the letter of admission to ensure enrollment. International students will be considered on an individual basis due to immigration issues.

Reapplication Procedure

An individual who wishes to re-apply must call the Office of Admission at 617-521-2605 to learn about this process. All re-applicants are required to submit any official academic transcripts for courses completed since the initial application and another application processing fee.