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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Nutrition and Exercise Physiology


The Master of Science Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology (M.S. CPDNEP) is designed for those individuals whose career goal is to become eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Graduates of the M.S. CPDNEP are expected to function effectively as entry-level dietetics practitioners in a clinical, administrative, or community setting. The supervised practice experience requirement is currently 1200 hours. The 1200 hours of supervised practice consists of 160 hours in a food management rotation, 440 hours in a clinical rotation, 200 hours in a community rotation, and 400 hours in an exercise physiology internship.

WSU M.S. CPDNEP Mission Statement

The mission of the WSU NEP MS CPD is to prepare competent dietetic practitioners who are capable in promoting optimum health and wellness for individuals and communities through the integration of nutrition and exercise physiology in a variety of dietetic career paths.

M.S. CPDNEP related to NEP Mission Statement

The M.S. CPD curriculum is integrated with the Program in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology by providing students with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities for a variety of career settings such as: rehabilitation institutes, cardiac rehabilitation, sports nutrition programs, medical centers, nutrition clinics, community, work site wellness programs, food-service management, and healthcare supervision and promotion. The M.S. CP in Dietetics seamlessly aligns with the overall mission statement of the NEP program.


  • Goal One: The program will prepare graduates to be credentialed entry-level dietitians
  • Goal Two: The program will prepare graduates to test for certification as an ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES)
  • Goal Three: The program will prepare graduates to demonstrate a commitment to positively contribute to the health of individuals and communities through active participation and/or leadership in community/public service

Goals for the CPD include:

  • Program retention and completion rates;
  • Statements of satisfaction from students and preceptors regarding the knowledge and skills demonstrated during the supervised practice experiences;
  • Pass-rate on Registration Examination for Dietitians and Exercise Specialist certification;
  • Satisfaction from surveyed graduates and employers indicating that an integrated exercise and nutrition background is advantageous for professional advancement; and
  • Level of desire expressed from surveyed graduates to participate in community/public service activities and/or serve in leadership positions in professional organizations.

Measurable Outcomes

  1. At least 80% of the NEP students who have met the prerequisite requirements and have been admitted into the M.S. CPD will complete the M.S. CPD in one academic year or within 150% of the time planned for completion.
  2. Graduates who elect to take the RD exam will achieve a first-time pass rate of at least 80% over a five-year period.
  3. Of those graduates seeking positions in dietetics, 70% or more of CPD graduates who sought employment in dietetics will be employed within three months of program completion.
  4. At least 90% of NEP CPD graduates will rate the NEP exercise internship as advantageous in obtaining employment.
  5. Eighty-percent of surveyed CPD community and clinical preceptors will rate advantageous “3” or above for those students who have the interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and abilities of nutrition and exercise science disciplines.
  6. At least 80% of all surveyed graduates from the NEP CPD will rate having the interdisciplinary training in exercise and nutrition as advantageous “3” or above when working with patients/clients.
  7. Graduates who choose to test for ACSM CES and/or ACSM RCEP certification will achieve a first time pass rate of at least 70% over a three-year period.

All students admitted into the Masters of Science Coordinated Program in Dietetics will be required to have the CES credential or take the departmental exam that assesses the student’s exercise physiology knowledge, skills and abilities as defined by the American College of Sports Medicine for the Clinical Exercise Specialist certification.

Jill Wagner
Academic Coordinator
HERB 318