Verification Statement

What is a DPD Verification Statement?

  • The DPD Verification Statement is an official document signed by the DPD director certifying a student has successfully completed both a baccalaureate degree and the program’s ACEND-accredited dietetics coursework requirements.
  • An official transcript showing the grades received and stating “Degree Conferred” is required to issue the Verification Statement.


  • SJSU students graduating with a BS in Nutritional Science, concentration in Dietetics OR
  • SJSU students completing the MS in Nutritional Science and the DPD program

The Verification Statement is the official document needed when applying to:

  1. Dietetic internship programs
  2. RD exam
  3. NDTR exam
  4. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics active membership
  5. Potential employers

Steps for requesting a DPD Verification Statement

  1. Complete the Declaration of Intent Request form [pdf].
  2. Meet with the DPD director to discuss policies and procedures (DPD Handbook [pdf]).
  3. Request a DPD Verification Statement after completing the program.

Declaration of Intent

  • This standard document is given as a contract with a list of classes required for successful completion of the DPD Program.
  • The Declaration of Intent allows students to apply for a dietetic internship during their final semester before graduating.
  • The Declaration of Intent is the first document issued upon transcript evaluation. In order to receive a DPD Verification Statement, you must first request a Declaration of Intent.

When should you request a Declaration of Intent?

  • One year prior to graduating.
  • Early in the fall semester when you register for NUFS 110A, after you receive a C or better in NUFS 108A.
  • MS students - upon admission to the graduate program.