Application Package

Students must submit an application package to the program director by October 30 or March 30 prior to the first semester of supervised practice experience. Please send the completed application package to:

Dr. Bettina Taylor, RDN
Ag Annex 102d 
Delaware State University
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

The application package must include the following information:

  • Personal statement delineating student’s professional goals and reasons for seeking the RDN credential.
  • Completed course work, date completed, and achieved grades (see form below).
  • Transcripts of all coursework completed at non DSU institutions.
  • Résumé detailing education, work experience, volunteers experience, honors/awards and leadership experience.
  • Two references (see Confidential Reference Form below). One reference must be from a college professor in a core or science course and one from a person for whom the student worked or volunteered.

After review of the application, the applicant will be formally interviewed by the program director and/or department chair as needed. The purpose of the interview is to determine the applicant’s communication skills, professionalism, maturity, and ability to successfully complete the rigorous CP program.

Upon acceptance to DSU’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics (see program director for specifications), students will be required to supply evidence of health insurance, complete a national background check, obtain student liability insurance, and provide proof of current immunizations including proof of a negative TB skin test performed within the past 12 months.  Most hospitals require a controlled substance test and flu, Hepatitis B, and possibly Hepatitis A vaccinations.  Depending on the supervised practice rotation, students may need to obtain additional tests to work in specific health care facilities. Some supervised practice sites may require recent drug and/or alcohol testing. 

Transfer Credit

Students transferring from another institution of higher learning should refer to Delaware State University policies for transfer student admissions: Prior to being considered for admission to the CP, transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 hours at Delaware State University.  All supervised practice hours, Medical Nutrition Therapy I and II, Community Nutrition, and Institutional Food Service must be completed at DSU.

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Mathematics MTSC-121 College Algebra   3  
Mathematics NTRS-321 Biometrics
(or ECON-208: Statistics)
Communications ENGL-101 English Composition I   3  
Communications ENGL-102 English Composition II   3  
Communications ENGL-200 Speech   3  
Biology BIOL-101 General Biology I   4  
Biology BIOL-102 General Biology II   4  
Biology BIOL-221 Microbiology
(or HMEC-260: Food Microbiology)*
Biology BIOL-204 Human Physiology
(or BIOL-208: Anatomy & Physiology II)
  3 or 4  
Chemistry CHEM-101 General Chemistry I   4  
Chemistry CHEM-102 General Chemistry II   4  
Chemistry CHEM-301 Organic Chemistry*   4  
Human Ecology HMEC-105 Principles & Analysis of Food Prep.   3  
Human Ecology HMEC-215 Introduction to Nutrition   3  
Human Ecology HMEC-250 Introduction to Food Science   3  
Human Ecology HMEC-315 Introduction to Dietetics*   2  
Human Ecology HMEC-335 Nutrition During the Life Cycle*   3  
Hospitality Mgmt. HMT-311 Food Production Management*   3  
Human Ecology HMEC336 Institutional Food Service*   3  
Human Ecology HMEC-325 Nutritional Assessment*   2  

*May be taken consecutively while student applies to coordinated program.


[Applicant’s Name] ______________________________ is applying for admission to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Delaware State University to fulfill the academic and supervised practice requirements to become RD/RDN eligible.

Evaluator Name: _______________________________________________________________

Organization if applicable: _______________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________

Telephone number: _______________________   E-mail: _____________________________

Please be candid in your response:

How long have you known the applicant? __________________________________________

In what capacity do you know the applicant? _______________________________________

If possible, would you choose this student for admission?  _____Yes    ____ NO

Why? _______________________________________________________________________

Please rate the applicant compared to other college students:

CHARACTER AND SKILLS Excellent Good Average Fair Poor Not observed
Ability to Work With Others            
Communication Skills            
Organizational Skills            
Positive Attitude            
Stress Management            
Work Quality            

Evaluator Recommendation: 

______ Highly Recommend           

______ Recommend 

______ Recommend with Reservations               

______ Do not Recommend


Please provide additional comments about the applicant:






Evaluator Signature: _______________________________         Date: ___________________


The Department of Human Ecology appreciates your evaluation of the applicant. 

Please return the evaluation to the student in a sealed envelope with your signature across the seal.  The applicant will not view the reference form you submit.