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The Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is housed within the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition. This accelerated program offers points of entry for qualified undergraduates, post baccalaureate candidates and graduates of Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD). Undergraduate students will earn both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. Students who enter the program with a bachelor's degree will earn a Master of Science.

Program Summary (for DPD graduates) Fall 2018 and 2019
Bachelor's degree from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and prerequisites required to begin the program
2 years (4 terms) (full-time only)
Program starts fall term only
53 credits total required to graduate. (60 credits total will be required to graduate beginning with the class entering in 2019.)
Program Summary (for undergraduates) First class will enter in 2019
61-63 credits required to begin program (see prerequisite courses)
3 years (6 terms)
Program starts fall term only
156 credits total required to graduate
Program Summary (for post baccalaureates) First class will enter in 2019
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree that is not from a Didactic Program in Dietetics and completion of prerequisite courses required to begin program (see prerequisite courses)
3 years (6 terms)
Program starts fall term only
93-95 credits required to graduate

Preparation for a career in dietetics as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) requires the following:

  • completion of an approved college degree program (accredited by ACEND
  • completion of an accredited supervised practice experience (providing a minimum of 1200 hours)*
  • successful performance on the national Registration Examination for Dietitians 

No matter your professional goals in the Dietetics profession, this program provides a competitive edge for today’s health care environment. Upon successful completion of the Coordinated Program graduates are eligible to take the national registration examination for Dietitians. Graduates passing the registration exam are eligible for licensure in Pennsylvania by the Board of Nursing. For licensing information please visit instructions for Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist (LDN) Applicants.

*This program provides the 1200 hours of supervised practice required to become an RDN. The supervised practice sites are randomly assigned and public transportation is not available to all sites. All students should anticipate the necessity of having a car accessible to them for all years of the program. The program does not grant credit for prior experience or direct assessment for student's prior learning. Please review the supervised practice information

For more information on becoming an RDN, visit