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Dietitian Nutritionist Program

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The Dietitian Nutritionist Program is a competency-based educational program that integrates experiential learning with didactic coursework to enable students to demonstrate a high level of competence that will be needed for future practice as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. 

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Future Education Model (FEM), Dietitian Nutritionist Program, at the University of Pittsburgh are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

This accelerated program offers points of entry for:

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. 

The program also offers opportunities for students to complete a 12-week rotation in a specialty area of nutrition.

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Learn details about Pitt's Nutrition program and how it prepares students to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs).

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Students applying to the Dietitian Nutritionist Program need to meet specific admission requirements including a variety of prerequisite courses and exposure to the field of dietetics.

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The curriculum includes a combination of advanced nutrition courses and the 1200 hours of supervised practice required to become an RDN.

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Program Goals and Outcomes

Learn more about our program standards through Pitt Nutrition's goals and outcomes.

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Interested in learning more?

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The Dietitian Nutritionist Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.), (, phone (1-800-877-1600 or 1-800-877-1600 x5400), or mail (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995).