Becoming a RDN
The Coordinated Master’s Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (CMP) is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The program is accredited for enrollment of 18 first year and 18 second year students each year with two concentrations: Nutrition Education & Research and Sports Nutrition.
The program also has an individualized supervised practice pathway (ISPP) track for up to five students who have or are working towards a PhD.
Accreditation by ACEND requires the program to submit a self-study report every seven years, which is peer-reviewed for adherence to the ACEND accreditation standards. A rigorous site-visit is performed every seven years and in 2014 the CMP was comprehensively reviewed and recognized for providing quality dietetics education.
You can learn more about the importance of accreditation for dietetics programs.
Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
The Coordinated Master’s Program (CMP) of the University of Utah is a Coordinated Program (CP) offered at a Master’s Level. Students complete all supervised practice requirements prior to graduation. Upon graduation from our program, students are eligible to take the RD exam.
Educational and professional requirements
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria and earned the RDN credential:
Completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university or college or foreign equivalent, and coursework through an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Didactic (DPD), Coordinated (CP), Future Graduate (FG) or Foreign (FDE) or International Dietitian Education (IDE) program. For a list of accredited programs, see www.eatrightpro.org/acend. Effective 1/1/2024, a master's degree will be required to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration RDN credentialing exam.
Completed required supervised practice/experience through an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship (DI), Coordinated (CP), Future Graduate (FG) or International Dietitian Education (IDE) Program or an Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) oﬀered through an ACEND-accredited program. Information on ACEND-accredited programs at www.eatrightpro.org/acend.
Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR's Website at www.cdrnet.org. In order to maintain the credential, a RDN must complete continuing professional educational requirements.
Program Completion, Graduation and Issuance of the Verification Form
Upon successful completion of all requirements including degree requirements, the student will receive a verification form as required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics and will submit an application to the Program Director to apply to the Commission on Dietetic Registration to sit for the RD examination.
Completion Rate, Pass Rate on RD Exam and Employment
100% of students starting the program completed it in 36 months or less in the past five years. Our graduates have been very successful in taking the RD examination with an 88% pass rate over the past five years. The average length to employment in nutrition and dietetics after graduation from the program is 3.5 months.
Program outcomes data are available upon request.
National Registration and State Certification
After passing the registered dietitian examination, graduates will participate in the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) re-certification program which assists credentialed practitioners in planning their professional development with the Professional Development Portfolio. The Capstone instructor (Jean Zancanella) will provide information about the Portfolio process and it is also available at:
A re-certification cycle is 5 years. The first action item required by those who pass the registration exam is to submit a Learning Plan. A Flash presentation is available on the link above that will describe the process.
Additionally, dietitians in Utah require a state license for certification. This is an easy on-line process that can be completed once you have passed the national registration examination for dietitians. The cost is $30 per year: http://dopl.utah.gov/licensing/certified_dietitian.html. It can also be completed in-person at the following location:
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Utah Dietitian Licensing Board
PO Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741