Registered dietitian nutritionists, or RDNs, translate the science of food and nutrition to enhance the well-being of individuals and groups. K-State offers two professional programs in dietetics, a didactic program and a coordinated program. Both programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

In 2024, the degree requirement for eligibility to take the registration exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, RDN, will be elevated to a graduate degree.

Program Highlights

Coordinated Program (CP)

Combines a Bachelor of Science in dietetics with 1,000 hours of supervised practice experience in food service management, community nutrition and clinical nutrition

  • Beginning in 2024, the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietetion. Based on the advanced degree requirement, students applyingto the CP in Spring 2023 or later will be requiredto obtain a MS degree to sit for the credentialing exam.
  • 94% RDN exam pass rate (2019-2021)

Didactic Program (DPD)

Completion of a Bachelor of Science in dietetics qualifies the graduate to apply for the required post-baccalaureate dietetic internship. Upon completion of the internship, the graduate is eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians

95% RDN exam pass rate (average of DPD and CP)
ACEND accredited program
Coordinated and Didactic programs

Career Settings

  • Medical Centers
  • Health Departments
  • K-12 Schools
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Extended-Care Facilities
  • Retail Grocery
  • Consulting Firms
  • Self-Employment
  • Government Programs