Nutrition and Dietetics : Coordinated Program


Why study Nutrition and Dietetics : Coordinated Program?

The University of Cincinnati’s Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nutrition & Dietetics - Coordinated Program has transitioned to the 5-year Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program. This change reflects new Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accreditation standards. First-year students entering the University of Cincinnati in Fall 2020 and beyond should enroll in either the Nutrition & Dietetics – Community Nutrition or Nutrition & Dietetics – Sports Nutrition program and then apply to complete the Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Program in the Spring semester of their sophomore year.

The last class of juniors to enter UC’s Coordinated Program will be in 2021.

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics allows students to complete the training necessary to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). This training includes two components: didactic (academic) coursework in dietetics and supervised practice experience.   The program is a coordinated program in that students learn about different aspects of nutrition and dietetics practice in the classroom and then apply their acquired knowledge and skills in supervised practice rotations in clinical, community, food service and a variety of other settings.  

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 about state licensure requirements click here.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.

Admission Requirements

Only students in their sophomore year in the Nutrition & Dietetics – Community Nutrition or Nutrition & Dietetics – Sports Nutrition programs are eligible to apply to the Coordinated Program. 

Please visit Admission Requirements for additional information. 

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

An individual who wishes to become a:

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) must complete didactic coursework in dietetics, an accredited post-baccalaureate dietetic internship, and pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for RDNs.  This credential enables the RDN to perform nutrition risk assessments and prescribe medical nutrition therapy to remediate or prevent disease.  In 2024 eligibility to take the credentialing exam for RDNs will require a graduate degree.

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.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines can be found on the Admissions Information page. 

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The University of Cincinnati's Coordinated Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312/899-0040 ext. 5400.

Contact Information

John Pantel, MS, RDN, LDN
Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 558-2196

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Program Code: 35BAC-DIET-BS-DIET-CP