Application to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD)

Applications are due annually April 1 for the program that will begin in the fall semester.

Please note that no special consideration is given to applicants that apply prior to the application due date. Application review will begin after April 1 for all applications received.

Undergraduate students must apply (and be admitted) to Wayne State University prior to applying to this program. Graduate students may need to fulfill select prerequisites also prior to applying.

Tuition information

The CPD two-year professional course sequence consists of 52 credits at the upper division level. This does not include prerequisite courses or courses related to university degree requirements. Students with a bachelor of science in dietetics from another university generally must only complete 2.5 semesters consisting of 32 credits.

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Transferring credits from other institutions

To find equivalent courses at other universities and community colleges for dietetics program prerequisite courses, you can check with Wayne State Advising (313-577-2680), our NFS undergraduate advisor, or at Transfer Credit:

  1. Go to Transfer Plans.
  2. From the alphabetized list of schools, click on your choice.
  3. Scroll down the list and click the link for Dietetics, and a pdf file will open showing the equivalent courses at that school.

International transcripts

If you have a transcript from another country (including Canada), you will need a course-by-course transcript evaluation.

For a more complete listing and a search engine, see Transfer Credit.

If you are transferring from a four-year university, you can contact Wayne State Admissions or contact us at 313-577-2500.

Students are highly encouraged to take their entire chemistry series at one institution to avoid having to take additional courses beyond what is shown below, as specific courses may not always transfer exactly.

Guidelines for dietetics students from other universities

For students who have a degree in dietetics:     

  • Students must repeat all required courses with a "D" grade (1.5 or less) and all dietetics-related courses (medical nutrition therapy, intro dietetics, counseling/interviewing, food service management community nutrition) with a "C" grade (2.5 or less)
  • Students from Michigan State University must still take the following courses, not including any courses which must be repeated: NFS 4210, NFS 5200, NFS 5360, NFS 4220, NFS 6850
  • Students from Central Michigan University must take all of the above and a statistics course
  • Students from other universities will be advised on an individual basis as to courses to meet prerequisite and program requirements

For students who have a degree in another discipline:

  • Students with a degree in another discipline do not need to complete another degree but must fulfill all prerequisite courses
  • There is more latitude with regard to accepting courses from other universities for our requirements when the student has a degree; this is done on an individual basis if the student can provide copies of syllabi and/or adequate course descriptions from university bulletins
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