Nutrition and Dietetics : Coordinated Program

Bachelor of Science

Why study Nutrition and Dietetics : Coordinated Program?

The University of Cincinnati’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) is a secondary admittance program of the BS in Dietetics which encompasses 2 of the 3 steps to prepare you to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN):

  • The didactic work (academic coursework) which is completed in year 1 and 
  • The supervised practice is completed in year 2.

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

The Coordinated Program's mission, goals, and objectives can be found on the program's website.

Program outcome data is available upon request.

Admission Requirements

The University of Cincinnati has established academic success criteria for first-year applicants to bachelor's degree programs. UC admits students based on academic and non-academic factors and all students are encouraged to apply. For more information about first-year student admission requirements visit UC Admission Requirements

Admission to the CPD is restricted to UC Dietetics majors. Dietetics majors may apply to the Coordinated Program when they have no more than 36 didactic course hours remaining which can be completed within the following academic year.  CPD applications are accepted by January 25th each year.  A minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to apply.

Students will be advised of the decision of the CPD Admissions Committee by mid-February.  

Please visit the program website for program costs, financial aid, and scholarship information.

Attributes that contribute to success in this major include strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent math comprehension and critical thinking skills, ability to interact well with a diverse population, enjoy helping people, and commitment to lifelong learning.  

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 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. 

Contact John Pantel, CP Director, at

The program has an active student organization for undergraduate students called the Student Dietetic Association (SDA). The purpose of the SDA is to provide students interested in dietetics, food, and nutrition with opportunities to serve the community, develop relationships with other students with similar interests, and increase their knowledge of food and nutrition careers.

All undergraduate students must successfully complete all Dietetics coursework plus 1200 hours of supervised practice to graduate.

Additionally students must:

  • Complete all didactic course requirements,
  • Complete all general education and elective requirements pertaining to the major or certificate program in which the student is enrolled,
  • Maintain a 3.0 overall GPA for students accepted to the CP,
  • Complete a Professional Portfolio, and
  • No outstanding financial or other program obligations.

Program is not open to transfers. Please see the bachelors in Dietetics.

Application Deadlines

CPD applications are accepted by January 25th each year. A complete application includes:

  • Application form with signature;
  • Official copy of transcripts from all colleges and universities; and
  • Three (3) signed recommendation forms
    • Two from course instructors; 1 of these 2 recommendations must be from a foods course instructor or nutrition course instructor. If you are unable to receive a recommendation from a foods or nutrition instructor, please contact the CPD Director and
    • One from a work supervisor or manager.

Completed applications may be dropped off in the main office of the Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences or mailed to:

CPD Admissions Committee
Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
University of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 670394
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394

An interview with the CP Director will be scheduled upon submission of his or her completed application.

More detailed application information can be found on the program website.

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


The University of Cincinnati's Didactic Program in Dietetics and Coordinated Program in Dietetics 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
PO Box 670394
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
(513) 558-2196