Students who choose to pursue Pitt’s Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics degree are ahead of the game! In 2024, all Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs) entering the field will be required to have a masters level degree to enter the profession.*
The Masters curriculum is a combination of didactic coursework and supervised practice which includes required competencies and student elective courses affording graduates a strong foundation in medical nutrition therapy and eligibility to sit for the Registration Exam for Dietitians.
Learn details about Pitt's Nutrition program and how it prepares students to become Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs).
Students applying to the graduate Nutrition program need to meet specific admission requirements including a variety of prerequisite courses and exposure to the field of dietetics.
The graduate curriculum includes a combination of advanced nutrition courses and the 1200 hours of supervised practice required to become an RDN.
Program Goals and Outcomes
Learn more about our program standards through Pitt Nutrition's goals and outcomes.
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The Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.), (ACEND@eatright.org), phone (1-800-877-1600 or 1-800-877-1600 x5400), or mail (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995).
*The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a Master’s degree for registration eligibility beginning in 2024. The Nutrition and Dietetics Programs are in the process of being redesigned to align with recommendations from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) on the future education model for the preparation of RDNs.
The Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition is committed to providing the education and training to prepare students seeking to become RDNs and will continue to provide programming that meets ACEND and CDR requirements.
The University of Pittsburgh Office of the Provost and ACEND have approved the plan for the closure of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD) by 2020. The University of Pittsburgh Office of the Provost has approved modification of the Coordinated Master Program in Nutrition and Dietetics to an accelerated 5 year BS-MS degree program. Information about new programming will be made available after approval has been obtained from ACEND. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting new opportunity!