Master of Science Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (MS CPD)
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 41 graduate-level credits. Twenty-one credits are supervised practice rotations in clinical, foodservice management, and community settings. The rotation sites include hospitals, schools, early childhood 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.
What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?
The RDN is a highly trained food and nutrition expert who meets stringent academic and professional
- Minimum education of a Bachelor’s degree with coursework approved by the Accreditation
Council in Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Coursework typically includes food and
nutrition sciences, foodservice management, business, economics, computer science, sociology,
biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry. A graduate degree will become a
requirement for the RDN credential beginning in 2024.
- Completion of an accredited, supervised, 1200-hour experiential practice program at a healthcare facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.
- Passing of a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
- Completion of 75 continuing professional educational (CPE) requirements every 5 years in order
to maintain registration.
Some RDNs hold additional certifications in specialized areas of Dietetic Practice Groups (DPGs).
Examples include, but are not limited to, pediatric or renal nutrition, nutrition support, and diabetes
Learn more about the MS CPD
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