Program Description

Coordinated Master’s Degree Program in Dietetics

Mission Statement

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

Program Goals

The program take two years to complete and will prepare graduates of all tracks and concentrations to progress to leadership roles in nutrition and dietetics.

Graduates of this program, which is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, have an exceptionally high pass rate on the national exam for registered dietitians.

For specific program objectives for the CMP program, see the 2018-2019 CMP Handbook (PDF)

Professional Exam Pass Rates & Employment

The dietetics program has a completion rate of 98 percent over the past four years. Registered dietitian exam pass rates have been excellent. Our students have a 89 percent first time pass rate and a 95 percent pass rate in the first year post-graduation.

Over the past five years, 98 percent of our students have found employment in the field of dietetics shortly after graduation.

Outcomes data available upon request.

Accreditation

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.

Contact Us

Coordinated Master’s Degree Program in Dietetics

Carisse Winegar 
Administrative Assistant-Academic Affairs.
Phone: 801-581-6730
Email: carisse.winegar@utah.edu

Jean Zancanella, MS, RD
Graduate Advisor
Phone: 801-581-5280
Email: jean.zancanella@hsc.utah.edu

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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