Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics - Coordinated Program

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The Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is transitioning to a five year Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program. This change reflects new ACEND accreditation standards. First-year students that enter the program in Fall 2020 must complete Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program. 

The Nutrition & Dietetics - coordinated program provides a foundation in nutrition, food science, medical nutrition therapy, health promotion and wellness. Completion of the didactic coursework meets the academic requirements for didactic program in dietetics, set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Students currently enrolled in Nutrition & Dietetics can apply to the coordinated program in their sophomore year. The University of Cincinnati's coordinated program in dietetics includes 2 of the 3 steps to prepare you to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN):

1. The didactic coursework which is completed in year 1 and
2. The supervised practice, which is a minimum of 1200 hours, is completed in 1 year 

Following successful completion of the coursework and supervised practice, you may schedule and take the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a RDN.

In many states, RDNs will need a license or certification to practice. In the state of Ohio, with the RDN credential, a background check and payment of a fee, the practitioner may receive his or her license to practice.

As noted on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) website, "Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the criteria to earn the RDN credential."  A RDN is equivalent to a RD, and vice versa.

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.

Nutrition and 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 Nutrition and Dietetics), an accredited post-baccalaureate dietetic internship, and pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for RDNs. This credential enables the RD 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.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Being a student at the University of Cincinnati means that you get to enjoy the perks of a top research university with a unique urban campus with a diverse and vibrant student life experience.

The student life experience is enriched by the University of Cincinnati’s  over 600 student organizations. There is truly something for everyone here.

In the College of Allied Health Sciences, each major has at least one academic student organization. These organization’s allow students to get more engaged with the profession, attend conferences and get involved in the community.

Dietetics majors are able to join the following academic student organizations.

High School/Transfer and Transition Students 

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics is only open to current Dietetics majors. Please visit the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics program to learn more. 

Coordinated Program Admission

The Coordinated Program in Dietetiecs application deadline is January 25.  Program requirements and the application can be found on the Admissions Information page. 

The University of Cincinnati has a vareity of scholarship opportunitites: 

You can also visit UC's Financial Aid Office for additional questions about tuititon, loans, and other opportunities. 

This curriculum information for the coordinated program in dietetics is intended as a general information guide for students considering enrollment in this program. These online tools are designed to assist you, but are not a substitute for planning with an academic or faculty advisor.

In the first year of the coordinated program in dietetics (traditionally the junior year for most undergraduates), students complete their academic coursework at the UC main campus. Coursework typically involves a credit load of 18 semester credit hours for a total of 36 credits.

In year two, interns complete their supervised practice, which is a minimum of 1200 hours. Regardless of whether the coordinated program intern has been accepted for local or distance supervised practice, he or she completes four 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. Sites include practice in clinical nutrition, food service management, community/public health, and specialty areas of choice. The coordinated program in dietetics also offers interns the opportunity to work in one of our two declared areas: pediatrics or long term care.

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

Program outcome data is available upon request


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John Pantel, MS, RDN, LDN

Program Director, Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise & Nutrition Sciences

3225 Eden Ave | Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394