Coordinated Program in Dietetics
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD) at Kansas State University provides the coursework as well as the supervised practice experience requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Beginning Fall 2022, students are also required to complete a Master's Degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Sensory Sciences (NDSS) in order to earn a verification statement of completion from the CPD at Kansas State University. Therefore, the Coordinated Program's Completion Requirements are as follows:
- Completed required dietetics undergraduate coursework and supervised practice
- Complete a graduate degree from one of the two options as stated below.
The supervised practice experience within the CPD will provide a management semester, a clinical care semester and a community-based summer assignment. There are two options to complete the master’s of science Degree for the Coordinated Program; 1) Concurrent BS/MS Program and 2) Post-baccalaureate MS in NDSS.
Students who determine that they would like to complete the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Kansas State University are encouraged to complete option 1: Concurrent BS/MS program due to the flexibility and efficiencies of this program. This option allows students to complete their BS and MS degrees concurrently. Students would submit their application to graduate school during their third year of undergraduate studies. This program allows 9-credit hours of 600-level coursework to be used for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. During the semester students are finishing the undergraduate professional coursework (Year 4), they will apply for admission to the CPD. Upon admission, students are placed in affiliated sites within the state of Kansas to complete the 1000-hour supervised practice experience. Once completed with supervised practice, students complete the remaining MS coursework. Upon completion of the CPD, the student earns a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, a master’s degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Sensory Sciences, and is eligible to sit for the national Registration Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.
This option allows flexibility to students who may have wanted to do an internship post baccalaureate degree outside of K-State and reconsidered the completion of the supervised practice through K-State’s Coordinated Program. Therefore, students would complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics at K-State earning a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics. Students would then apply to graduate school to complete the MS in NDSS and apply to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics to complete the supervised practice experience for program completion post baccalaureate degree.
The K-State CPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-312-899-0040 ext. 5400.
For more information about the CPD, please refer to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics Student Handbook below. Information includes, but is not limited to:
- Description of the program, mission, goals and objectives
- Program outcomes data (available upon request - please contact Program Director)
- Process to become a registered dietitian nutritionist
- Costs to the student
- Application and admission requirements
- Academic and program calendar
- Graduation and program completion requirements
- Availability of financial aid
- Guidance about distance education components
- Undergraduate Dietetics (pdf) Program Coursework Requirements
- Graduate Required Coursework Option 1: Concurrent BS/MS program
- Graduate Required Coursework Option 2: MS in NDSS program
- Suggested Course Sequence (pdf) Option 1 and 2
Graduate School Application Information
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Supervised Practice
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Kansas State University utilizes supervised practice facilities throughout the state. A majority of these sites require students to provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The program director will provide each student with the specific requirement for the medical practicum site to which they are assigned. All requirements must be met before the student can begin in their practicum site. If requirements are not met, the student may not be able to complete the program.
2024 CDR Requirement for Graduate Degree
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website. In Kansas and most states, graduates also must obtain licensure to practice (please see the CP Student Handbook for additional information on Licensure). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Coordinated Program at Kansas State University and complete one of the graduate program options are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.