Although the total picture of you as a potential dietetic professional (grades, work experience, recommendations, etc.) is important, the aspect of good grades cannot be minimized. Once admitted to the DP, students must maintain at least a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.2/4.0 GPA in HND courses or students who drop below the minimum requirements will be encouraged to change majors.
Acceptance of DP students concurrently completing requirements for the open pre-professional programs will be considered on an individual basis due to the rigorous science courses required for that tract.
Additionally, internship programs have minimum grade point averages (GPAs) that are acceptable for their applications. For example, most internships give preference to a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or better. Additionally, grades of "C" or lower in HND and science courses are generally not acceptable to internship programs. In most cases, GPA is the single, most important link with success in receiving an appointment to an accredited supervised practice program. Generally, it is very difficult to turn a low GPA from freshman and sophomore years into an acceptable GPA for internship programs by the last semester of the senior year.