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 15 first year and 15 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.

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. Additional 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 (Allison Riederer) 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: 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
Phone: 801-530-6179
Fax: 801-530-6511

Contact Us

Coordinated Master’s Degree Program in Dietetics

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

Jean Zancanella, MS, RD
Graduate Advisor
Phone: 801-581-5280


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