Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD)

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, 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.

Important: 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 before 12-midnight Central time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit the Commission on Dietetic Registration. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited CPD at Wayne State University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

Information regarding the change to a master's degree in dietetics at Wayne State will be available soon.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure to practice, however, Michigan does not require licensure for RDNs at this time. Find more information about state licensure requirements at this link.


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.

Important: 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 clinics, health maintenance organizations, and long-term care and food service 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% 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 the first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is 80% or better.
    3. 80% of graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
    4. For employer surveys of graduates, 80% 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% 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% 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% 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% of CPD students will complete the program/degree requirements within three years.

Note: The CPD continuously monitors progress, the achievement of goals, and outcome data. 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.

Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.