Nutrition and Dietetics
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Mission of the dietetics program
To prepare competent graduates in dietetics, through an ACEND-approved didactic program in dietetics, who seek to service the dietary needs of patients, individuals, and the community.
Program goals and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) required objectives
Graduates will be prepared for careers in dietetics and food-related professions and/or advanced studies in health-related disciplines.
- Objective 1 (Program completion): At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within six years (150% of the program length).
- Objective 2 (Graduate performance on registration exam): The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
Graduates will be prepared for acceptance into an accredited dietetic supervised practice program, graduate education, and/or entry-level professional positions requiring foods and/or nutrition expertise.
- Objective 1 (Graduate application and acceptance into supervised practice): At least 60% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
- Objective 2 (Graduate application and acceptance into supervised practice): Of program graduates who apply to a supervised practice program, at least 50% are admitted within 12 months of graduation.
- Objective 3 (Satisfaction with graduate performance): At least 70% of program graduates will be rated as 3 and above on a 1-5 scale pertaining to their graduates' performance for supervised practice, graduate program, or employment in dietetics-related settings, as reported by their supervised practice directors, graduate program directors, or employers.
How to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RD credential:
- Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at the US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Completed an ACEND®-accredited supervised practice program and master's degree OR completed an ACEND accredited Future Education Model (FEM) graduate program.
- Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to the CDR website.
- Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
"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 the CDR 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 dietetics program at Central Michigan University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program/apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN."
The dietetics major is frequently referred to as the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The DPD provides the required dietetics coursework leading to a bachelor’s degree and Verification Statement (VS). Graduates of ACEND accredited/approved DPD programs, which are verified by the program director, receive the VS, which is required for applying to dietetic internships. Graduates who complete an accredited dietetic internship and a master's degree or FEM are eligible to write the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians. An accreditation site visit by ACEND occurred at CMU on March 30-April 1, 2014. Both the DPD and the CMU Dietetic Internship earned accreditation after this visit. Both the DPD and CMU Dietetic Internship received the continuation of accreditation status to June 30, 2023. The recent accreditation ACEND site visit occurred on March 27-29, 2022.
For additional information, please contact:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606-6995