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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Degree Program

Master of Science Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (MS CPD)

Application deadline for 2019 EXTENDED to January 31!


The MS CPD prepares students for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam administered through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The program focuses on the effects of nutrition and exercise on human health. The interdisciplinary approach allows students to focus on dietetics and develop a solid grounding in principles of exercise physiology, exercise testing, and exercise prescription.

The degree generally requires four semesters, and potentially one summer of 8-11 credits. Students complete a minimum of 44 graduate-level credits. Twenty-one credits are supervised practice rotations in clinical, food management, and community settings. The rotation sites include hospitals, schools, WIC facilities, assisted living homes, and community organizations.

For those students who do not enter the MS CPD with practical hours in exercise, they will also complete a 400-hour exercise internship.


For more information

Jill Wagner
NEP Academic Coordinator


MS CPD Accreditation

Program is accredited from Jan. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2020 by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

ACEND contact infomation:
120 South RIverside Plaza, Ste 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(800) 877-1600 ext. 5400


Applicants to the MS CPD must have a bachelor’s degree that satisfies one of the following options:

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from WSU
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science/Physiology from another university
Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition/Dietetics from another university

The following prerequisite undergraduate college courses are also required. As a general rule, all prerequisite coursework should be no more than seven years old at the time of application. However, each situation is reviewed on an individual basis. Please contact our Academic Coordinator at for more information.

  • Chemistry I & II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology I & II
  • Microbiology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Ethics
  • Statistics
  • Public Speaking
  • Strength Training & Conditioning (for applicants with BS in Nutrition)
  • Exercise Physiology (for applicants with BS in Nutrition)

All students admitted into the MS CPD program are required to have (by the time of graduation) the ACSM EP-C credential, or take the departmental exercise exam that assesses the student’s exercise physiology knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined by the American College of Sports Medicine certification criterion.


Applications for admission are submitted online through the WSU Graduate School. Deadline is EXTENDED to January 31, 2019. The MS CPD admits for Fall semester only.