Certificate in Supervised Practice in Dietetics

Student educating students about healthy food choices

The Supervised Practice in Dietetics certificate program is a secondary admittance program of the BS in Dietetics or Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Cincinnati which encompasses the last step to prepare you to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Following successful completion of the supervised practice, you may schedule and take the registered dietitian nutritionist exam to earn the RDN credential.

Dietetics professionals work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, supermarkets, private practice settings, eating disorder centers, with athletes, academia, research, health departments, business corporations, health clubs, and many other areas.

An individual who wishes to become a:

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) must complete the didactic coursework in dietetics (Bachelor of Science in Dietetics), an accredited post-baccalaureate dietetic internship, and pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for registered dietitian nutritionist. This credential enables the registered dietitian to perform nutrition risk assessments and prescribe medical nutrition therapy to remediate or prevent disease.

Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR) must complete the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and then they can take the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for NDTRs. This credential enables a NDTR to work in partnership with the RDN to screen, evaluate and educate patients on topics related to nutrition.

Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM) can take the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers credentialing exam after completing the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. This credential recognizes experts in managing dietary operations.

The United States Department of Labor Standard Occupational code for Dietitian is 29-1031.00. An occupational profile for a dietitian can be found at the Department of Labor's O*NET website. 

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The Supervised Practice in Dietetics certificate program requires completion of a minimum of 1200 hours. Regardless of whether the supervised practice in dietetics intern has been accepted for local or distance supervised practice, he or she completes 4 semester credit hours of orientation and supervised practice preparation in Cincinnati during May and early June. Once that is complete, interns move on to their supervised practice rotation sites.This is comprised of 32 semester credit hours starting in summer semester for 5 weeks followed by fall and spring semester.

Sites include practice in clinical nutrition, food service management, community/public health, and specialty areas of choice. The SPD also offers interns the opportunity to work in one of our two declared areas of concentration: pediatrics or long term care.

In addition to the supervised practice, projects are assigned that the intern is expected to complete outside of the supervised practice hours. These projects and assignments need to be complete before commencement, which is the last Saturday in April.

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.

The Supervised Practice in Dietetiecs application deadline is November 15.  Program requirements and the application can be found on the SPD Admissions Information page. 


Program outcome data is available upon request.



PLEASE NOTE: The Commission on Dietetic Registration has indicated that in 2024 a master's degree will be required before a graduate can write the Registered Dietitian Exam. All those holding the RDN/RD credential before 2024 will not be required to earn a master's degree in order to keep that credential.

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John Pantel, MS, RDN, LDN

Program Director, Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise & Nutrition Sciences

3225 Eden Ave | Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394