Nutrition and Dietetics : Coordinated Program

Bachelor of Science

Why study Nutrition and Dietetics : Coordinated Program?

The University of Cincinnati’s Bachelor of Science (BS) to Master of Science (MS) Coordinated Program in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics is an accelerated pathway for dietitian training and provides students with a BS and MS degree in 5 years (normally would take 6 to 7 years).  This program will allow 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 it in clinical, community, food service and a variety of other settings.  

UC’s Coordinated Program in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics is a secondary admittance program of the BS in Dietetics degree.  Students enter as undergraduate students into the Dietetics major.  Admission to the Coordinated Program is restricted to UC Dietetics majors.  Dietetics majors may apply when they have no more than 54 undergraduate course hours remaining in their BS degree.  Coordinated Program applications are accepted by January 25th each year.  A minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to apply and this GPA must be maintained in order to take graduate coursework in the program.

Students will be advised of the decision of the Coordinated Program Admissions Committee by mid-February.  Please visit the program website for program costs, financial aid and scholarship information.

The mission of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics is to prepare entry-level RDN's who are qualified to successfully practice in diverse settings in an evolving field.  

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 Coordinated Program in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics is restricted to UC Dietetics majors. Dietetics majors may apply to the Coordinated Program when they have no more than 54 undergraduate course hours remaining in their BS degree.  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 Coordinated Program 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, enjoyment in helping people, and commitment to lifelong learning.  

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. 

John Pantel, Coordinated Program in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Program Director, at john.pantel@uc.edu.

The program has an active student organization 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 440 hours of supervised practice experience (total 120 credit hours) to earn a BS degree in Dietetics.  Students must complete all graduate nutrition coursework and 760 hours of advanced supervised practice (total 44 credit hours) to earn their MS degree in Clinical Nutrition.   

Additionally students must:

  • Complete all course, general education and elective requirements pertaining to the degree or certificate program in which the student is enrolled,
  • Pass all competencies in supervised practice in dietetics with preceptor sign-off
  • Maintain a 3.0 overall GPA  
  • Complete a Capstone project at the graduate level, and have
  • No outstanding financial or other program obligations.

The program is not open to transfers.  Please see the bachelors in Dietetics major.

Application Deadlines

Coordinated Program in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics 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 Coordinated Program BS 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:

Coordinated Program in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Admissions Committee
Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
University of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 670394
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394

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

Once accepted, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to be admitted into the MS program.  No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission.

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 BS to MS Coordinated Program in Clinical Nutrition and 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. http://www.eatright.org/ACEND.

 

Contact Information

John Pantel, MS, RDN, LDN
Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 558-2196
john.pantel@uc.edu