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Academic Programs - Coordinated Dietetic Program (CDP)

Coordinated Dietetics Program (CDP)
The Coordinated Dietetic Program (CDP) is designed for persons seeking both academic course work and supervised practice required to qualify to take the examination to become a Registered Dietitian. The curriculum integrates academic preparation and the clinical experience needed in dietetics.  Due to our location, we are uniquely poised to allow our students the opportunity to work with community based groups and deliver programs and skills that reflect on the needs of the community.  The CDP blends the degree and supervised practice component to offer the student an opportunity to study and develop a necessary skill set with a concentration in community.  Upon passing the national examination administered under the direction of ACEND, graduates are recognized as Registered Dietitians (R.D.). The Coordinated Dietetics Program (CDP) is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60606, (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400. Students applying to or enrolled in the Master’s degree program in Nutritional Science are eligible to apply for admission to the CDP. There is a separate application for admission for the CDP.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics is to provide an integrated academic and supervised practice curriculum to prepare competent entry level professionals in community nutrition, foodservice and clinical dietetics.  The curriculum and supervised practice draw strongly from community based programs, supporting our community concentration. 

Program Goal 1: Program Outcomes

To prepare graduates to become effective and competent professionals.

Learning Objectives:

Program Goal 2: Skill Outcomes

To prepare and aid students in the development of critical thinking skills in solving complex problems in Community Nutrition, Foodservice, Food Science and Nutritional Science Areas.

Program Goal 3: Leadership

To prepare students to assume roles in leadership and policy development.

CDP Course Requirements:  The CDP is changing to a graduate only program. Students must complete their Master’s Degree program in Nutritional Sciences and complete the supervised practice requirements to be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The CDP will be a 3 year program, but may be longer if a student chooses to complete a Thesis instead of the comprehensive exam as part of their Master’s Degree program.

CDP Prerequisites courses: All science courses MUST have labs.
ANTH 250              Cultural Anthropology (4) or
SOC 201                 Principles of Sociology (4)
ECON      150         Economics for the Citizens (4)
PSY 150                                    Introductory Psychology (4)
BIOL 200AB          Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II (5,5)
CHEM 151, 152 Fundamentals of Chemistry I, II (5, 5)
CHEM 353             Nutritional Aspects of Biochemistry (5)
MICRO 151           Introductory Microbiology (4)
NTRS 210               Foundations of Food (4)
NTRS 317               Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (4)
Coursework :
NTRS 312               Cultural Cuisine (4)
NTRS 315               Communication Skills in Dietetics (3)
NTRS 410               Experimental Foods (4)
NTRS 413               Maternal and Child Nutrition (4)
NTRS 414AB         Institutional Food Service (4, 4)
NTRS 415AB         Medical Nutrition Therapy (4, 4)
NTRS 417AB         Advanced Nutrition I, II (4, 4)
NTRS 417L            Nutritional Assessment Laboratory (1)
NTRS 418               Community Nutrition (4)
NTRS 434               Management Principles in Dietetics (5)
NTRS 479               Professional Interactions and Writing Skills (4)
Supervised Practice:
NTRS 419ABC      Supervised Practice in Dietetics (8, 8, 8)
NTRS 419S            Seminar: Dietetics (2)


For more information regarding the Master of Science degree program in Nutritional Science, please visit:


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Last Update: 6/3/2014