I know I’ve mentioned the classes I’m taking this semester, so I wanted to back-track and share some more about my program.
In order to get an RD, there are 3 steps you have to take:
- Complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or Coordinated Program (which combines classes with your internship)
- Complete a dietetic internship
- Pass the RD exam
My previous major at Virginia Tech covered a lot of the DPD courses I need but I’m still missing some, mainly food service management and clinical courses.
This is a spreadsheet of what I’m missing and when I plan to take it:
When I saw what I needed to take I was initially relieved because it didn’t seem like a lot; but after I went through each course and made this spreadsheet, I was kind of disappointed that it would take me so long to finish. So many of the courses I need to take are prerequisites to other courses I need and certain things are only offered in certain semesters, so I can’t just take them all at once. Bummer.
I noticed though when I was registering for classes that the class availability (like where it says fall only) is not completely accurate so maybe I will be able to condense this afterall.
So that’s where I stand with my DPD courses. It was a really difficult decision to take that jump and go back to school *again*, especially after I just finished my master’s.