James Madison University

Program Description

In the James Madison University Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), students use creativity in learning from classroom experiences, case studies, computer applications, and problem-solving and decision-making projects. Students will gain research experience in their senior year. Students also obtain real-life experiences by completing a hospital-based practicum covering all aspects of dietetics practice.

The four year program in dietetics includes courses in many areas to prepare you for your career in dietetics. You will complete the general education program designed to provide a firm liberal studies base for your continued education, and courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics along with your foods and nutrition courses.

The DPD program follows the standard James Madison University academic calendar with one course required during the summer between the junior and senior years to be completed in a distance education format from the student's hometown.

Cost to students, in addition to university tuition, include program expenses, which are in addition to tuition and fees charged by the university.  Textbooks for your classes are available from the JMU Bookstore or other sources.  It is very difficult to estimate cost of textbooks and other course materials as the amount can vary greatly. An estimate is $300 - $400 per semester, depending on the number and selection of courses you are taking.  Other expenses associated with the DPD professional program might include:

  • Textbooks (estimated at $300-$400/semester) -  $1200-1600
  • Lab coats (2) - $100
  • Non-slip shoes - $100
  • Laboratory Fees - $40
  • Associate membership in the Academy ($50.00 per year) - $100
  • Expenses associated with NUTR 490 Field Experience - $1527-3655

Total program expenses (estimated) $ 3067-5595


  • August 28
    First Day of Classes
  • November 17-25
    Thanksgiving Break
  • December 9-15
    Final Examinations
  • December 15-16