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Policy on Verification Statements for Undergraduates and Post-Baccalaureates

Verification Statement Policy for Undergraduates

A verification statement confirms that all Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics requirements have been completed and the student is eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship.

To earn a verification statement from MSU, a student must have completed a minimum of 30 credits at Montana State University and satisfactorily completed all of the  required course work for the DPND (Food and Nutrition Major-dietetics option).

In addition, the following DPND courses must be taken at MSU:


Course Number
Credits
NUTR 321 Nutrition in the Life Cycle
OR NUTR 351 Nutrition and Society
3
NUTR 401 Nutrition Assessment and Counseling
3
NUTR 421 Macronutrient Metabolism
3
NUTR 422 Micronutrient Metabolism
3
NUTR 425 Medical Nutrition Therapy I/NUTR 426 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
5
NUTR 494 Seminar
1
NUTR 499 Capstone for Dietetics
1
SFBS 451 Sustainable Food Systems
OR SFBS 445 Culinary Marketing: From Farm to Table
3

Once all of the DPND course requirements are completed and the Registrar has cleared the student for graduation, the DPD Director will issue six originals of the verification statement. Suggested uses for the verification statements:

  • To include in your permanent file
  • To submit with Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership application
  • To submit to a dietetic internship program once accepted into a dietetic internship
  • To submit with application for state licensure/certification

 

Verification Policy for Post-Baccalaureate Students

If a student already has a bachelor’s degree in another field, the student must have his or her college transcript(s) evaluated by the DPD Director to determine the additional classes that are needed to be satisfactorily completed in order to obtain a verification statement. Certain courses must be taken at Montana State University to obtain a verification statement from MSU. (See verification policy above.) Declaring a second degree in Food and Nutrition (dietetics option) while completing the remaining DPD classes may allow eligibility for financial aid.

Post-baccalaureate students wishing to pursue a master’s degree while completing DPD requirements to earn a verification statement must first apply and be admitted to the graduate program in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences or to an MSU graduate program in a related area.  College transcript(s) must be evaluated by the DPD Director to determine the additional classes that are needed to be satisfactorily completed in order to obtain a verification statement. (See verification policy above.)  Often an additional semester or two are needed in order to complete both graduate requirements and DPD requirements.