Nutrition & Dietetics Programs

The University of Cincinnati has a variety of different programs to choose from in Nutrition & Dietetics. All undergraduate students who are interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or who want to work in a nutrition related profession should enroll in one of the tracks in the Nutrition & Dietetics major. 

Changes to the Commission on Dietetic Registration requirements 

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 order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website.  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). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited [program type] program at [Institution name] are eligible to [apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN].

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information, visit the CDR's state licensure requirements

Review educational pathways to become a RDN, for more information.

Nutrition & Dietetics - Community Nutrition

The Nutrition & Dietetics - Community program is a four year degree that gives you a strong foundation in nutrition, science and wellness. This track allows you to help people change their lifestyle and develop healthy eating habits. This pathway provides the coursework needed to apply to the Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program or any other graduate-degree plus dietetic internship in the country in order to earn the RDN credential. 

Nutrition & Dietetics - Sports Nutrition

The Nutrition & Dietetics - Sports Nutrition program is a four year degree that gives you a foundation in nutrition, science and the physiology of sports. In this track you study the relationship between diet, exercise and health. This pathway allows you to apply to the Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program or any other graduate-degree plus dietetic internship in the country in order to earn the RDN credential. 

Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program 

The Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program provides a fast-track pathway for dietitian training and is only available to students in the Nutrition & Dietetics major. Students apply for this program in their second year of undergraduate studies. The program allows you to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in 5 years (normally would take 6 to 7 years) and includes the coursework and supervised practice internship necessary for you to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

High School Early Assurance Pathway

The High School Early Assurance Pathway allows high school students to secure their spot in the Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program upon their admission to UC. 

Looking for the Coordinated Program in Dietetics? This program has transitioned into the Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program due to future education requirements.