Coordinated Master’s Degree Program (CMP)

Programs Leading to Dietetic Registration Eligibility

Coordinated Master’s Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

Mission of the Dietetics Program

The Coordinated Master’s Program (CMP) develops entry-level registered dietitian or entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist professionals who are prepared to practice clinical and community nutrition and advance the science and practice of dietetics in the fields of 1) Nutrition Education and Research and 2) Sports Nutrition.

Program Goals

The CMP goals are focused on program outcomes:

  1. The program will prepare graduates to be competent professionals with advanced degrees who contribute to the nutrition and dietetics fields in a variety of environments, including 1) Nutrition Education and Research and  2) Sports Nutrition.
  2. The program will prepare graduates of all tracks and concentrations to progress to leadership roles in nutrition and dietetics.

The CMP takes two years to complete. Graduates of this program, which is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, have a high pass rate on the national exam for registered dietitians.


For specific program objectives for the CMP program, see the 2019-2020 CMP Handbook (PDF).

Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)

The Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology offers an Individual Supervised Practice Pathway for doctoral degree holders to fulfill supervised practice hours in an ACEND accredited program. How to Apply

Professional Exam Pass Rates & Employment

In 2018, we had 100% of our graduates pass the CDR credentialing exam on their first attempt. Over the past four years, our students have a 91 percent first time pass rate and a 96 percent pass rate in the first year post-graduation. Since 2015, 98 percent of program students completed degree requirements and 98 percent of our students were employed in nutrition and dietetics shortly after graduation.

Program outcomes data are available upon request.


The program is granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) which is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' (AND), accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians (RD) or (RDN). 

In 2015, the Nutrition and Integrative Physiology (NUIP) graduate programs successfully completed a ten-year graduate school review. Reviewers noted the quality teaching, research, and service provided by the department.

The University of Utah is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate scientific information and research into practice.
  • Use effective nutrition communication skills including written reports, consumer and professional presentations, multimedia approaches, individual consultation, technical research formats, medical charting techniques and successful interactions with healthcare teams.
  • Practice dietetics using the nutrition care process model.
  • Apply professional, scientific and patient/family ethics in their professional careers.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence in providing nutrition information and care, including knowledge of multicultural food practices, community programs and disparities in food, nutrition and healthcare.
  • Employ their leadership skills and verbalize the desire for continuing education and professional growth.
  • Be prepared to pass the national registration examination for dietitians.

Information Sessions

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Contact Us

Coordinated Master’s Degree Program in Dietetics

Jean Zancanella
Graduate Advisor 
Phone: (801) 581-5280

Carisse Winegar 
Administrative Assistant-Academic Affairs 
Phone: (801) 581-6730

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(800) 877-1600 ext. 5400

ACEND Accreditation