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.

Applying to the program

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.

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: Prepare practitioners

    Prepare practitioners who deliver quality nutritional care that is based on academic standards for entry-level dietitians and current research.


    1. Students will have a first-time pass rate of 80 percent pass rate or better on the RD exam over the accreditation cycle.
    2. Over the accreditation cycle, 80 percent of graduates seeking positions find employment in one year.
    3. For employer survey of grads, 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) over the accreditation cycle.


  • Goal 2: Recruitment

    Increase the recruitment and retention of students from within the community.


    1. CPD will recruit at least one under-represented student per class annually.
    2. 90 percent of CPD students enrolled in the junior year will complete the program within three years.


  • Goal 3: Community service

    Provide service to the community and profession by providing diverse educational experiences for students and promoting community involvement.


    1.  Over the accreditation cycle, 70 percent of program graduates will become involved in their communities, evidenced by graduate survey data indicating involvement in precepting, professional and other volunteer activities.
    2.  Over the accreditation cycle, 80 percent of graduates surveyed will rate their level of preparation for their first position at four or higher (on a scale from one to five, five is highest).

*The CPD continuously monitors progress and achievement of goals. The public is welcome to request information by contacting


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.