Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

The bachelor of science in dietetics is designed for students who are interested in obtaining the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential. The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD), preparing the entry-level dietitian, requires four years of undergraduate study with 1200 practical hours of experience coordinated during the junior and senior years. The latter replaces a dietetic internship following graduation. Graduates of the CPD must pass a national examination to obtain the RD credential.


Application to the professional program is made upon completion of the pre-professional courses and is open to undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students. A separate, competitive application process is required for entry into the CPD.

The deadline for application is April 1 each year with entry into the program only in the fall semester.

Because of the combination of coursework and internship, the program must be completed on a full-time basis. Jobs are available for registered dietitians in hospitals, government agencies, community health services, medical clinic, health maintenance organizations, and long-term care and foodservice facilities.

Visit bachelor of science in dietetics admissions for specific program admission criteria and requirements.

Program mission and goals

The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) has as its mission the successful education and training of outstanding dietetics professionals and service to the community in which the University is located. Educational emphasis is medical nutrition therapy, in particular as it relates to nutrition and chronic diseases, which affect a disproportionate segment of Michigan residents, and particularly those in the community. In addition, the CPD strives to serve the state of Michigan, and in particular the southeastern region, from which come the majority of university students, and in which the majority seek employment upon program completion.

Our current CPD goals will give you an idea of what we are trying to achieve and show you if we are a good match for your career plans.

  • Goal 1: Quality performance

    Graduates will deliver quality nutritional care that is based on current research and academic standards for entry-level dietitians


    1. 80 percent of graduates will rate their level of preparation for their first position at a four or higher (on a scale from one to five, five is highest).
    2. The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is 80 percent or better.
    3. 80 percent of graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
    4. For employer survey of graduates, 80 percent will rate the graduates' performance and level of preparation at four or higher (on a scale from one to five, five is highest).


  • Goal 2: Community involvement

    Graduates will provide service to the community and profession by engaging in diverse educational experiences and community involvement


    1. 70 percent of program graduates will become involved in their communities, evidenced by graduate survey data indicating involvement in precepting, professional, or volunteer activities.
    2. Of graduates who seek employment, 80 percent will be employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.


  • Goal 3: Leadership

    Graduates demonstrate initiative, time-management and leadership skills


    1. 25 percent of graduates will demonstrate leadership by securing a position involving management responsibilities or assuming leadership roles in local, state or national dietetic associations, practice groups, or other professional groups or associations within the first year after program completion.
    2. 80 percent of CPD students will complete the program/degree requirements within three years.

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The program is granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Continuation of the CPD's full accreditation status was granted in June 2015 for a term of seven years ending on December 31, 2022. The ACEND website provides further information, and ACEND can be contacted at:
800-877-1600 ext. 5400
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.